Multivac manages its production with cronetwork and SAP (image: Multivac)
An entire manufacturing process at a glance
Based on the SAP interface in cronetwork, Multivac and Industrie Informatik have integrated processes to achieve secure parallel reporting in cronetwork and its SAP software. Today, Multivac’s employees use 180 terminals to confirm most operations for business data collection in cronetwork – and some in SAP, as well.
These operations, however, are still passed on to cronetwork to enable users to view complete orders. Meanwhile, one of the aforementioned adjustments built into cronetwork presents the operations from being reported in the software.
In addition, the SAP system always includes status updates when communicating reported operations to cronetwork, enabling the software to display the currentprogress of any order whenever needed. As a result, the entire manufacturing process is visible in cronetwork – even for work sequences that only involve SAP.
Among other things, this has simplified searching for materials, which used to be a tedious process in production halls spanning more than 50,000 square meters. “This subject used to be a black box of sorts for us: Every now and again, valuable parts weren’t where they were supposed to be and couldn’t be found,” Hein explains. “Today, the confirmations in cronetwork make it easy to find them quickly because we can see who was the last to have each material.”
Another tremendous advantage of cronetwork – particularly considering that Multivac assembles its largest machines from up to 10,000 components.
These days, Multivac uses cronetwork’s business data collection functions in virtually every area of manufacturing.
The software’s project scheduling module, for instance, handles reporting in programming, and its production information tool – Oracle Discoverer – provides internal evaluations. “We’ve seen the greatest benefits in how cronetwork uses actual confirmation data as a basis for controlling, provides overviews of work progress, reduces confirmation errors through constant monitoring, and increases the transparency of our confirmation data,” lists Wilfried Grewe.
In capacity planning, meanwhile, the ability to manage storing positions in assembly halls is a key instrument. “We can only produce a certain number of machines every week,” explains Hein. “If a lot of orders for large machines come in all of a sudden, things get tight. Thanks to cronetwork, however, we can quickly adjust our planning and continue to ensure proper assembly.”
For Gerhard Hein, another of cronetwork’s primary strengths lies in its ability to automatically integrate more than 200 different production machines. “The software makes it possible to correctly allocate the runtimes that arise – which cost a lot of money – to individual orders. We now know exactly how much money a project will bring in; it’s another area where the ‘black box’ days are behind us,” Hein says.
In addition, the availability of this knowledge directly affects process management and optimization at the company: Multivac is now planning to these new insights to improve its cycle times, thereby obtaining reliable specifications for its scheduling and capacity planning.
Hein is also satisfied with the cost reductions his company has achieved. “We can now identify idle machines at a glance and immediately trigger the repair process. If the malfunction is due to the program in question, it’s forwarded straight to the corresponding programmer. Our costs have fallen because we’ve gotten faster; we’ve made tremendous progress in reducing waits and downtime.”
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