A comprehensive overview for supervisors at Rockwool
With an easily accessible user interface, Mark Information has developed an efficient planning tool for the company's midlevel managers who have the operational responsibility for combining orders, resources and employees. At present, Rockwool is implementing the system.
"We are still in the initial phase and thus relatively inexperienced in the use of the ProManagement system," says Preben Schmidt, Departmental Manager, Rockwool A/S in Vamdrup. "Some of the functionalities are thus not implemented yet, but at this point, it is obvious that the system is easy and speedy to work with and that it greatly improves the processes due to its vast range of practical functions."
Rockwool A/S, which employs 800 employees at its factories in Denmark, is part of the Danish owned group Rockwool International A/S that employs 7,400 employees and has a turnover of DKK 6.7 billion. The Group manufactures stone wool used for insulating buildings, industrial facilities etc.
Covers all the hourly-paid
The factory in Vamdrup is divided into five sections:
"We apply the new system from Mark Information in all of the five sections, and it thus incorporates 245 hourly-paid employees," Preben Schmidt explains.
"When I set out working with the system, its user friendliness surprised me. For example, it is much easier in the morning when 15-16 employees clock in at the same time, because they change from "red men" to "green men" on my screen when they clock in. Previously, I had to walk around in the department to get this kind of overview."
Departmental Manager, Rockwool A/S
A significant overview
Overview is the key word for ProManagement, which is developed as a module for the rostering part of ProMark.
Combination of production plan and future manning plan
ProManagement is the "ERP system" (Enterprise Resource Planning) of the budget responsible supervisor, where you can plan and manage your employee resources in accordance with the production plan generated by the company's ERP or MPC system through the combination of the resource need and the future manning plan. This kind of combination then identifies immediate discrepancies between the needs scheduled and the actual attendance schedule and thus shows the areas that need adjustment for redundant or low capacity. Last but not least, the supervisor in question may calculate the costs of a given attendance schedule for the company.
The point of departure for the rostering may vary in accordance with the company's or the department's needs. Thus the guiding parameter may be the tasks that should be performed. But if the production equipment or the employees are the scarce resources, then ProManagement may make one of these parameters the focal area for the scheduling.
Attendance schedule with the proper qualifications
You may also use rostering to adjust the employee resources across the company. So instead of having an absence budget in each department, you may have a total absence budget that is based on employees on loan among the departments in the company.
Implementation user group
Rockwool A/S uses SAP as their accounting system from which the production plan is generated, but the company has chosen rostering from Mark Information.
Unambiguous user interface
"At the beginning, I was a bit sceptical towards the system and the fact that we were in control of the functionalities ourselves," Preben Schmidt admits. "But when I set out working with the system, its user friendliness surprised me."