ebm-papst UK Time Recording
Introduction of a timer Recording system to improve operations by improving the accuracy of the data being used to indicate costs to the business.
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ebm-papst manages its operations using Bills of Material (BOMs), and creates Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to the time taken to complete works orders. This data is used to accurately cost future projects and to identify areas where productivity can be improved and to ensure that new projects are costed appropriately. Staff record data manually on time cards and then this is transferred this into spreadsheets and used to calculate the time taken to process the project. A time consuming process with inherent possibilities for inaccuracies. The new system would remove the need to input the data manually and so increase accuracy. This new process is intended to improve operations by improving the accuracy of the data being used to indicate costs to the business. By increasing understanding of why delays occur and using these to identify training needs, tooling issues, and availability of equipment delays these inefficiencies could then be addresses resulting in improved business operations. .
epm-papst were seeking to gather more accurate and detailed data and create a more interactive system using automated time stamps throughout the process, so recording times against specific tasks. Ray Ladyman, Operations Director, identified IMS as a partner for this project because of their levels of experience with the AS400 System 21. epm-papst has investigated sourcing a new independent time keeping application but decided to remain with the AS400 which was well established and had been used for many years. Working collaboratively IMS and Ray Ladyman initially identified what they wanted, and IMS then provided suggestions on possible interfaces. Once this was agreed in principle, the IMS consultant met with the key players including Steve Dodkins IT Manager and Sandra Beasley Production Control Manager and received background information on what they were doing, so that this could be replicated to meet the requirements. The process was straightforward but was made more complicated with unexpected delays due to a decision to upgrade the AS400 in the same timeframe. This meant that the warehouse provider, and AS400 provider also became involved and introduced a lot of challenges, as epm-papst moved from a system that worked to an entirely new system.
Ray Ladyman is very satisfied with the work done by IMS. ebm-papst now has a lot more accurate data and Ray is now assimilating this into concise reports and pulling out the data needed to make more informed business decisions. They will continue to look at how to use the data to get useful business information from the new system. The system is easy to use, training from IMS to key epm-papst personnel has been cascaded for internal training and 20-30 people are currently using the system including temporary staff. “The report structure set up is fantastic, we just press a button and pull off reports, with all the data in spread sheet format.” Ray Ladyman, Operations Director epm-papst UK