Renewed IT system, renewed operation
Through PES integration, Tasowheel Gears sought to improve the visibility, predictability, security of supply, and capacity utilization rate of its production, among other things. In addition, the objective was to reduce the amount of work in progress and the empty, unproductive waiting time between stages.
– We use CGI’s Powered enterprise resource planning system, and it naturally includes structures for organizing production and for coarse load management, for example. In the past, however, our work management used to plan the fine load in practice, and decided the order of production as well, Mäkinen says.
The long and meandering production chain posed additional challenges to development. A typical product involves up to ten work stages and different materials.
– We have noticed the effects of these special features in other development projects as well. Our operation involves an exceptionally large number of different materials, stages, and dependencies, all of which need to be considered when optimizing manufacturing. The same challenge quickly emerged as we elaborated PES integration further, Mäkinen recalls.
The company has come a long way. According to Mäkinen, all the important indicators show that the direction of development is proper and positive. In addition to actual production optimization, changes have occurred in the company’s working methods and processes. In SOP process optimization, external consultant assistance was utilized, and as a by-product of the PES development project, sales and communication have improved as well.
– In my opinion, the reason behind the good results is that we took the opportunity to review our activities as a whole in the context of the PES project. For example, we now have an appointed production planner who utilizes PES in the planning. At the same time, the management’s functions have been modified towards plan implementation, thereby freeing up the managers’ time for management of work, their principal job, Mäkinen says.