In 2017, the Snellman Group initiated a project to renew production management at all their factories. Pinja’s iPES-system was chosen to fine-tune the production planning, and it will be integrated into Snellman’s existing Wonderware MES system phase by phase. Fine-tuning production processes enables production planning and optimization by minute from one department to another.
Another significant area of emphasis is the Sales & Operations Planning process, where the Snellman Group will be implementing new functionalities in 2017. Production planning is guided by sales forecasts. These forecasts may change rapidly, and therefore the production management must be able to respond to possible changes of scenario.
The cooperation between Pinja and Snellman began already in 2013 with production planning: which amount of each product will be made each day, and how the different animals and the cadaver parts used should be balanced.
Shortly after the implementation of the new production planning system, the partners started to develop the purchase balance. Various ingredients and packaging materials are needed in the production of processed meat products. When the production planning is managed well, it is easier to purchase the right amount of ingredients and materials at the right time.