Stelweld is a fast-growing manufacturer of welded components and parts sold mainly to the automotive industry, with a headcount of over 500. In 2015, Stelweld partnered with PSI Polska Sp. z o.o. to roll out the PSImes system, primarily to enhance customer service and optimise utilisation of production inputs. As an advanced production scheduling and tracking tool, PSI boosted Stelweld's production efficiency by 10%. Stelweld now tracks production and monitors its efficiency based on various reports developed for the company’s managers and executives, including the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Overall Labour Effectiveness (OLE) reports which provide easy access to key information and up-to-date productivity metrics.
CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive Co. Ltd., a leading locomotive and rolling stock manufacturer and member of the state-owned China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited holding, is one of China’s largest industrial enterprises. The company has deployed the PSImes system to ensure ongoing management, planning and control at the operational level. The system runs in parallel with other solutions in place at CSR, including SAP, to monitor the soundness of the company's operations. Special focus was put on a number of functionalities, such as real-time communication of shop-floor data, signaling of all deviations and irregularities in production management, tracking of all materials by their serial numbers, or the management of key performance indicators (KPIs).
ArcelorMittal is a leading industrial (steel manufacturing) and mining (iron, coal) company. It employs 232,000 workers in 60 countries around the world, including 11,000 at six sites in Poland. The PSI system supports and optimizes ArcelorMittal’s production in various global business units and plants. These include steel mills, continuous steel casting and rolling mills. The system helps plan and optimize production as well as manage production, quality, logistics and power consumption. Since the system’s deployment, many sites have boasted substantial efficiency improvements: 90% of production proceeds on schedule, steel production capacities have risen by 30%, the cold production of coils increased by 43% with a simultaneous stock level reduction.
At Volkswagen, PSI Group has deployed ca. 20 different IT solutions. These are MES-class systems supporting the optimization of production sequencing, maintenance, logistics and more. These are comprehensive production and production information management solutions. For instance, the PSI solutions in place at Volkswagen Motorsport are at the heart of production and project implementation. The PSI solution relies on the ERP system and is also responsible for production, quality management and material flows.
At Audi, PSI have deployed an APS/MES-class solution. The system is used for planning and monitoring production in the tool room, managing projects, scheduling, tracking and reporting. It supports the development of prototypes, mass production of moulds for other plants and the optimisation of metal-sheet item production. PSI solutions have been implemented in the Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm and Györ plants which together employ 1,400 workers. The PSI roll-out helped reduce production lead times. By generating all production lists in real time, costs and error rates have been greatly reduced. Improved access to data has enables instant responses to delays. This easy-to-operate system additionally provides substantial support for production line workers.
SR Technics is a leading independent provider of technical services for the civil aviation sector offering airlines a wide range of solutions that are tailor-made for the technical management of aircraft fleets, components and engines. At SR Technics, PSI has deployed a MES-class solution designed to streamline production management and specifically production planning, machine data recording and service and maintenance event management. PSImes controls the entire process of service provision for one thousand aircraft from order acceptance to optimal workflow planning to overhaul completion. Thanks to PSI, each of the company's 4,000 plus employees is kept up to date on project progress and knows when an aircraft will be ready to fly.
FELSS is a manufacturer of automated machine tools and a provider of metal item machining services for the automotive industry. One of the main aspirations of the MES project was to ensure a safe transition from the previous production planning system, automate data flows and increase rapid response capacities to meet changing customer needs. FELSS relies on the PSImes platform to plan production and record machine data. The system additionally manages orders and materials and supports the entire supply chain. The functions of planning and visualising specific production runs have allowed FELSS to respond to customer needs faster and more flexibly and facilitate its production scheduling to keep up with orders.
Linde AG is in the business of industrial gases, engineering and technology. The Company offers a wide range of services for supply chains. It carries out single-unit small-batch production and design work. One of its areas of excellence is the supply of complete process lines. The purpose of deploying the PSI production planning system was to increase process transparency and efficiency and make delivery timeliness a unique and integral part of the Company’s service package. Linde AG has also deployed a machine data recording system. PSI was selected for its superior system integration and process visualisation. Thanks to its confirmation system, information flows among the Company's business units have been highly optimised. Machine utilisation is considerably better thanks to improved control over machine efficiency. Another advantage of the system is its capability to accurately plan multiple variants and simulate various production scheduling scenarios.
Wilhelm Schwarzmüller GmbH is one of Europe’s largest superstructure, truck trailer and semi-trailer manufacturers. The Company maintains a presence in 20 countries of Europe, delivering ca. 10,000 various vehicles per year to its customers. At this semi-trailer manufacturer, PSI deployed an MES-class system. The production support provided by the MES system is of great significance as ever more parts are needed for special-purpose and small-batch production and to support the Company's rapid growth. The selected benefits result from applying a multisite function which supports the management of a multisite operation. Given such functionality, the system facilitates cost cuts and reductions in the workloads of cooperating business units and offers the required flexibility helping to make the best possible use of potentials all across the organization. A major advantage of the PSI system is the cost of deployment and training which is substantially below than that of competing products.
Grenzebach Maschinenbau is a multinational supplier of machines for the manufacturers of glass and building materials as well as robotics, industrial engineering and intralogistics solutions. Implemented by PSI, the MES systems has allowed the company to significantly enhance its processes by adopting a hierarchical order structure and establishing preliminary production planning. Spare parts orders are currently processed in the PSImes system from inquiry to shipping thereby reducing lead times. A similar effect has been seen in the purchasing approach. PSI has additionally installed a special B2B order handling module responsible for electronically processing key account orders and invoices. Production has derived a great deal of flexibility from the system’s capacity to ascribe orders to specific sections or selected production plants depending on complexity and available production capacities.
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