Digia Enterprise enables faster production turnaround times. ”This system has boosted the efficiency of our operations. It has been used to improve the optimization of the job queues of 11 production lines and to streamline information flow,” Kaijanen says. ”Production capacity planning and management are particularly particularly critical to our company since there are many products and we wish the turnaround volume to be as high as possible,” he continues. Stalatube production is order-driven. Digia Enterprise uses the job queue in order to suggest the most suitable products to lines, taking into account within the schedule of which line and at which time it would be most efficient to manufacture the product. Deviations in the lines trigger automatic alerts in the system.
In order to ensure a high level of delivery reliability, the dispatch centre must be aware of the production status at all times. The dispatch centre collects around 100 tonnes of tubes per day. It is vital with regard to the delivery functions that order completion and loading are timed to coincide. Digia Enterprise includes a special shipment management module, the user-friendly workdesk of which can be used in order to manage vehicle loading, bills of freight and dispatch centre functions in a centralised manner. Automatic collection check-ups have reduced the number of errors occurring in dispatch centre functions.
Solution supporting business requirements
Certain features adjusted to fit the special requirements of Stalatube’s business operations were created within the Digia Enterprise ERP system.
Sales functionalities are able to manage double pricing that calculates the price and the estimated margin by combining both sales and alloy surcharge prices and required additives (including valid alloy price for purchased material). The price calculation allows different currencies and measuring units e.g. metric and imperial sizes. From customer’s point of view the price can be quoted as including or excluding the alloy surcharge.
The system enables customer specific configurations of products that include measures and different finishes. Configuration affects the product structure, margin calculation, pricing and production chain. Warehouse personnel carry out their daily work, such as warehouse transportation and inventories, using the Digia Warehouse@Hand hand-held terminal solution, integrated into the system.
Digia Enterprise includes ready-made interfaces for instance to the Cognos PowerPlay software that has been used to bring the analysis and control of business operations to a new level. The maintenance module manages the periodic maintenance of production lines and the related devices. This module monitors the fact that periodic maintenance is performed on time.
”We use Enterprise to boost the efficiency of all our operations.It is our goal to produce double the volume through the order-delivery chain with the same number of personnel and at the same time. After the implementation of Enterprise I have not viewed this goal as being unattainable at all.” Logistics manager Sami Kaijanen, Stalatube Oy.