Precise data, SAP integration and continuous improvement
Mark Information’s ProMark system helps GKN Aerospace Engine Systems reduce tied capital by 30%
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway manufactures components for the world's largest aircraft engine manufacturers, producing commercial engines, military engines and space propulsion subsystems. The company is renowned for its advanced mechanical production methods and places a great deal of importance on quality and on-time delivery.
Following a positive experience with ProMark's time & attendance system in 1997, the company's production facility at Kongsberg turned to Mark Information again when they decided to introduce job registration.
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway's Project Manager, Helge Hvashovd says they chose ProMark after evaluating a range of data capture systems from different suppliers.
"The main reason we chose ProMark is because it gave us a better overview of production finance and simplified reporting to SAP. We also had the objective to reduce through-flow time in production."
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“It has had a clear positive effect. We have a much better overview of crews and can move resources to where the need is greatest.
ProMark registers when employees are absent so that the production managers can redirect personnel as required."
Planning Manager, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norge
In this industry, accurate data is critical
Helge Hvashovd explains how the accuracy of the ProMark system makes a difference: "The level of precision required in the production of these engine components means that there is simply no room for error."
Accuracy of data is critical to the planning process. ProMark registers exactly how much time is spent on each stage of the production process in real time, providing the level of accuracy GKN Aerospace Engine Systems needs for detailed planning.
Reducing production time
GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway’s Planning Manager Åge Bauer credits ProMark with improving internal production times. “It has had a clear positive effect. We have a much better overview of crews and can move resources to where the need is greatest. ProMark registers when employees are absent so that the production managers can redirect personnel as required.”
The company’s Production Manager, Arne Chr. Amundsen agrees: “I can see on the screen how far operators have come in the work process, and when new operations can be started. ProMark gives a good overview of job rotation and work times used.”
Optimising the benefits of SAP
Volvo recognises that the key to efficient, profitable manufacturing is to reduce the amount of capital tied up in production facilities. To do this, production capacity needs to be adapted to real needs. Bottlenecks must be identified, excess capacity located and order lead times must be reduced.
These issues all rely on getting the most accurate data possible integrated with ERP systems. GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway’s Planning Manager, Åge Bauer, says that by providing the critical data to support the SAP capabilities of production planning and reporting production data, ProMark helps to significantly reduce tied capital.
“To realise the full value of ProMark, it must be viewed in association with SAP. With ProMark installed, we’re able to fully utilise our other planning tools. At all times, we have an overview of the financial side of the production process and of the distribution of costs between departments.”
Tied capital reduced by 30%"One of the benefits of ProMark is that you can view the status of several operations in the production process, at the same time. The real-time advantage means equipment efficiency measurements and bottlenecks in the production line are immediately visible," he continues.
"At any given time, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway has approximately NOK 100 million tied up in stock. We have reduced this amount by around 30 percent."
The ProMark solution
The specific modules of the ProMark system used by GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway are ProJob, ProTime and ProReport. ProTime registers exactly how much time is spent on each stage of the production process – in real time. The online system manages all time and attendance (T&A) functions. It can provide both centralised and decentralised maintenance of data, approval, reporting and payroll preparation.
ProReport is the ProMark data warehouse, organising the data from ProTime and presenting it in an easily comprehensible and accessible format. The program has been customised to meet GKN Aerospace Engine Systems’ exact needs, summarising clock in/out and job registrations for 70-80% of approximately 250 employees.
A culture of cooperation and continuous improvement
Like GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Norway, Mark Information believes encouraging a culture of co-operation and continuous improvement is essential to stay at the forefront of the industry.
“Working closely with our clients throughout the entire implementation phase means we’re there to provide support and advice the moment they need it. During the process, we gain valuable insight into our client’s business, enabling us to continuously improve our products to meet their future needs" says the CEO of Mark Information.
Åge Bauer agrees that good cooperation is critical for optimal performance. “We work very well in cooperation with Mark Information and I’m confident that together we’ll get the best performance from ProMark.”