If you've ever assembled your own hardwood floors, you know that they must be made up of a variety of boards of different lengths. Several variables come into play when assembling these boxes of boards, such as inventory availability, board length, customer expectations, or surface area to be covered.
Mirage had already automated a part of their factory to facilitate the design and assembly of the board boxes (nesting). However, production planning and robot management were still done manually and required expertise and exhaustive work from employees who worked with Excel files and built sketches by hand.
As a result of this inflexible planning, Mirage often ended up with surpluses or stockouts and had to address these issues within very tight deadlines.