Understanding the Practice of PPIC in the Food Industry, Nestlé Kejayan
The Industrial Management Studio for the second time held a Sharing Session with the theme “PPIC: Challenges in Industrial Practice” on Tuesday, May 15th 2018 at 6th floor Auditorium of Industrial Engineering building. Sharing Session is held to support theoretical knowledge learned in class with giving a practical examples in the real industry. On this occasion, two speakers from Nestlé Kejayan whose also alumni of Industrial Engineering, Brawijaya University class of 2011, namely Firda Rahmadani, ST. and Youngky Reynaldi, ST. are invited to be speakers. Both speakers have positions as Material Planner at Nestlé Kejayan.
Generally, the knowledge shared to the audience were including PPIC practices in the food industry, mainly the production of Nestlé’s milk products. Nestlé’s milk production planning starts from preparing the MPS (Master Production Scheduling) to determine the quantity of product that must be produced in certain periods, planning for material procurement, also to make purchase order to the supplier to fulfill the required raw material demand. All of the planning activities are done with the support of one of the ERP software (Enterprise Resource Planning), namely SAP.
The practice of PPIC is very different than the theoretical study. Differences lie in many aspects, such as the skills needed to negotiate with suppliers in order to deliver raw materials at the determined date, the importance of considering order time to maintain raw material quality, and other factors beyond theoretical learning. In addition, within a company, activities that support continuous improvement are always emphasized so that the company can provide products with the best quality to consumers, as well as to provide welfare for the employees involved in production.
Both speakers also advised, that indeed in the lecture many students feel that theoretical learning doesn’t have any clear practical application, but the theory will have more visible benefits when it’s practiced in the real industry.