SSAB’s plant in Oulainen manufactures and fits steel tubes. With regard to pile fittings, SSAB wanted to invest in improving production efficiency and production control. Constantly increasing production volumes and the project-based nature of deliveries were also creating challenges.
The project was aimed at analysing the plant’s maximum capacity and the impact that different development measures would have on that capacity. Moreover, the goal was to determine the most efficient ways of controlling material flows and to increase the share of refinement work of the total lead-time. At the same time, the project was aimed at looking for bottlenecks and for ways to open them up.