The moment of truth for midocean. After years of preparation, planning and construction, the new production facility in Poland was officially put into service. The building in Ruda covers 35,000 m2, with two hundred machines, fifteen printing techniques and one and a half kilometres of conveyor belt. The smart control system of that assembly line, including integration with warehouse and office floor, is the result of an intensive collaboration between midocean and Quinso.
From manual to automation
“When we moved to a production facility in Polish Chorzow ten years ago, we wanted to grow to two hundred employees,” says Bas
Zeegers, Supply Chain Manager at midocean. “However, at the moment we have over 800 employees. A new production facility was inevitable and also offered an amazing opportunity to innovate. “To us, this was the right moment to improve logistics within our printing facility,” said Hans Kramer, IT Director of the organization. At that time, at MidOcean, they processed daily between five hundred and one thousand orders, which were manually brought from one station to another. “The articles that are printed, go through about six to fifteen stations. You can imagine that there was a lot of time in that logistical operation, not to mention the buffer zones and the possible error sensitivity. ” And so MidOcean chose a brand new and automated logistics system, in which a star role is made for the conveyor belt.
Innovate together with Quinso
The new process works as follows: A web-order comes in, which arrives via SAP ERP and the design department in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO). The order will then be picked and the production line will start, where the critical component starts; The article on the assembly line must take the right route and end up at the right workstation. Midocean hooked Quinso to bring about that intelligence.
“After a comprehensive selection process, Quinso came as a winner,” says Kramer. “It was a sum of their experience, the speed at which they could realize the solution and the personal click.” Moreover, Quinso was the only party that proposed to work with SAP manufacturing Intelligence and Integration (MII), a relatively unknown system for shop floor integration. “We asked an independent expert to compare the proposals of three suppliers.” He chose no doubt for Quinso. That gave the battle. ”