Preactor International says it is now offering a free, downloadable software package that allows companies to schedule production to make optimum use of finite resources.

Preactor Express is a fully-functioning, entry-level version of the Preactor family of scheduling products, aimed at small to medium-sized companies.

All product information such as routing (operational steps, setup and run rates), resources, workcentres and shift patterns are held in a MS-SQL Express Database. Preactor Express uses the data to determine the optimum way to use resources to meet manufacturing deadlines. Its scheduling algorithm uses priority or due date to decide the order sequence, and generates a good, achievable schedule, days, weeks, even months ahead. Companies can download the software for free from

If they decide to carry on using Preactor Express after 30 days, they simply activate it, which is also free, and can carry on using it indefinitely, or upgrade to one of the full Preactor scheduling products as needed.