Production Management Solutions  (PMS) for metal industry bring horizontal integration over production units and machines, from raw material to product. Vertical integration is designed over levels of management and control, from ERP (e.g. SAP) to level 1 control. The solutions are combining Production management (MES), Advanced planning and scheduling and Quality Management. This is the system where company know-how is collected, control rules and mechanisms are setup and used.  Implementing means for the metal company to improve core processes and opportunity to reach a lead over competitors.

Note: PSM is generally regarded as the third level of management = Level 3 System

Information technology

PMS solutions are based on the newest first class software – Oracle transaction layer, Web user interface and PMS framework and industry-specific models in C++, MS C#.  Communications are based on TCP/IP or Business application integration strategy (e.g.TIBCO).

Production Management (MES)

Full consistency and integration within production management functions

Integration with Advanced Planning/Scheduling and Quality Control

  • Communication with ERP/Business System
  • Primary processing of customer order
  • Technical elaboration and on-line feedback to ERP/Business System
  • Passing planned data and receiving actual data to/from level 2 systems
  • Matching planned material chain with actual material chain
  • Production Resources management
  • Graphical HMI of all production data
  • Tracking material flow and stock control
  • Reporting of the production process
  • Customer satisfaction via internet

Advanced planning and scheduling

  • Production planning
  • Material Allocation
  • Caster Scheduling
  • Mill Scheduling
  • Planning/scheduling matches the demands for higher productivity, shorter order cycles and flexible production
  • Pressure of time, cost and quality is imposed on planning/scheduling
  • Production of plant units is planned/scheduled in plant-wide integrated view
  • Planning/scheduling respects plant limits and constraints
  • Rescheduling based on unplanned events during production
  • Feedback to business system

Quality management

  • Quality Test Planning (Chemical, Mechanical, Ultrasonic, Others)
  • Quality Test Result Entering
  • Product/Semiprod. Releasing
  • Quality Certificate Issuing
  • Collecting and storing the production data
  • Evaluating quality of the products
  • Calculating statistics of the production
  • Improving the quality of the whole production
  • Visualization of all process data
  • Offline analysis of actual and historical process

PMS implementation scenario

  • Survey prior to implementation
  • Specification
  • Implementation
  • Training
  • Commissioning
  • Follow-up Support

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