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Jydsk Aluminium Industri

From parsley-choppers to high voltage pylons

Jydsk Aluminium Industri (JAI) is an untraditional company. Spectacular growth rates are driven by a flat, efficient organisation, with a young, dynamic WOMAN heading data collection from the highly automated production process.

The JAI spirit makes us strong

Birgitte Butzkowsky is passionate about data collection, since data is the key to knowledge and dynamism in a highly competitive ­market. At JAI in Herning, Birgitte Butzkowsky is responsible for the collection of data relating to employee hours and job types. A practical approach to the management of the company has blazed a trail for an impressive degree of efficiency.

JAI was originally a family-owned company, and the family ­continues to be strongly represented among the owners today. Moreover, JAI has many employees who have been with the company for seve­ral years and this has helped maintain and reinforce the special JAI spirit. The combination of old and new staff provides ample breadth when it comes to knowledge, experience and innovative thinking and this makes the company strong.

Quality promotes competitiveness

JAI is doing really well in global competition with suppliers in a completely different price class. The reasons are to be found in the ­company's dedication to and investment in, core skills. JAI's know­ledge of aluminium casting has been accumulated over half a century, and is an important factor in the ability to produce high quality elements. By virtue of its knowhow together with the focus on ­selected sector segments and complex types of elements, JAI ­seldom comes into direct competition with lower priced suppliers from Eastern Europe and the Far East. Quality and delivery reliability are particularly important to the company's customers.

Jydsk Aluminium Industri - Birgitte Butzkowsky

"The data collection with ProMark has had a major impact on the company, because it enables us to closely monitor our planning. Previously there was a day's delay in planning data, but now it all happens in real time, and that is a powerful tool when it comes to constant efficiency enhancements and optimisation."

Birgitte Butzkowsky
 Jydsk Aluminium Industri


Intense focus on data collection

Automation and efficiency enhancements play an important role in JAI's success, both as far as production and administration are ­concerned. Initiatives involving robots and the combination of ­processes have played an important part in making maximum use of operator hours and in savings on internal transport.

The administrative investment in ProMark was made in 2006 when JAI decided to go ahead with electronic data collection. Time ­registration has been a part of everyday work at JAI for many years, but was previously done with pen and paper. "When we embarked upon the introduction of electronic data collection, we needed to have online access to all production data, and at the same time we were eager to use production reporting department time on the follow-up and assurance of data quality rather than the keying-in of handwritten daily notes," says Birgitte Butzkowsky.

Discussions started with Mark Information, and ProMark entered the picture. This has been an extremely positive experience for JAI. The quality of time registration has improved considerably, and the company is benefiting from significant improvements in the monitoring of individual production orders with a precise overview of total costs – both time and materials consumption. This is enabling the company to calculate cost prices more realistically, thereby ensuring that the correct prices are offered to customers.

Automatisering og effektivisering spiller en vigtig rolle for JAIs succes


Real time planning of ROI

The purely administrative savings achieved with ProMark were quickly reflected in the smoother management of employee numbers. According to Birgitte Butzkowsky, this would not have been possible without ProMark. Previously, JAI had 150 employees who submitted handwritten daily notes. Now there are 270, without this having cost the employment of extra administrative staff. There are far fewer mistakes and the number of inquiries about payslips has considerably decreased, as the quality of data as considerably improved.

"It is difficult to put an exact dollar and cent price on the results, but data collection with ProMark has had a major impact on the company, because it enables us to closely monitor our planning. Previously there was a day's delay in planning data, but now it all happens in real time, and that is a powerful tool when it comes to constant efficiency enhancements and optimisation. Moreover, one must not underestimate the significance of the freedom electronic time registration gives works managers. They can check absentee lists etc. themselves without having to depend on others," concludes ­Birgitte ­Butzkowsky.

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