Case stories

THE ART OF VISUALIZING PERFORMANCE

Just south of Stockholm, AstraZeneca operates one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in the world. With around 2,700 employees it is responsible for the global supply of six of the company's top ten products. Here, lean production is a central theme. When it came time to meet new goals for continuous improvement, AstraZeneca turned to PlantVision.

SOLUTION

PlantPerformance – a comprehensive solution for real-time production performance management and decision support. The system collects and logs production-related data from over 200 diverse individual machine units and more than 100 analysis instruments. Real-time and historical information is made available to a wide range of users - managers, operators, lean coordinators, support and maintenance, etc.

Results are visualized in a user-friendly graphical format making them quick and easy to view, understand and use. This makes it easy for AstraZeneca to see trends and follow up its various improvement programs, e.g. identifying and implementing best practices.

RESULTS

Within its first 12 months of operation, PlantPerformance helped AstraZeneca to improve capacity utilization by more than 10%. This allowed the number of machines across production lines to be reduced without affecting production volumes – with the additional benefit of reducing machine support and maintenance requirements.

The success of the project has resulted in continuous expansion of the solution to incorporate more and more production units.

Nu kan vi få exakta uppgifter om maskintillgänglighet på olika nivåer, från en enda maskin till hela anläggningen

Gunilla Wagner

Production Technician - AstraZeneca

Vi har fått ett lättförståeligt verktyg för att följa upp och utvärdera olika aspekter av produktionen

Mikael Eriksson

Production Manager - AstraZeneca

Tidigare arbetade varje enhet individuellt. Nu, med en gemensam överblick, kan alla dra åt samma håll, oavsett geografisk placering eller produktionsområde.

Håkan Tyni

IT Manager - LKAB

Varenda timmes driftstopp på en av våra pappersmaskinerna kostar cirka 6.000 dollar. Därför är det av yttersta vikt för oss att ha en konsekvent hög kvalitetsnivå och att minimera maskinstillestånd.

Anders Jons

Process Development Engineer - Stora Enso