Juggling continually changing priorities in order to meet customer service levels and corporate financial targets is becoming more challenging for manufacturers in the process industries. As supply chains become more complex, and customer expectations continue to increase, trying to align production, inventory and supply is becoming increasingly difficult. Production managers want to maximize efficiency by planning long runs with few changeovers. Finance managers want to maximize equipment utilization, while minimizing raw materials and finished good inventories. And customers want to minimize their inventory levels, expecting faster, on-demand order-to-delivery cycles from manufacturers.