Joris Ide Shares How Digital Manufacturing Improved Operations
By Martin Gore, Sales Manager Europe Digital Manufacturing
Manufacturing continues to adapt to Industry 4.0 where connectivity offers new ways to stay competitive. There is a steady pace of moving from paper-based processes and off-line digital files to integrated, automated real-time data accessible to all stakeholders, inside and outside of the organization.
The Joris Ide Group is an international group in business for three decades and one of the leading European manufacturers of cladding products for the construction industry. They followed their desire to always innovate, a key company value, by investing in digital manufacturing to create a smart factory.
The company wanted to increase shop floor efficiency and visibility to improve production as well as better reporting to all staff from production operators to top management. This transformation would also enable them to move from their current backflush accounting method to actual steel consumption measurements. This approach reduces the inefficiencies of:
wrong raw materials and components being picked or dispatched
materials sent at the wrong time to the process
not knowing what unused materials there are
They partnered with us to implement the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII) solution for a custom connection between production machines and their SAP ERP. As with any big change, the operators were initially somewhat resistant to the new solution interfaces and processes. However, they soon embraced the new way of working, which increased their productivity.
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