March 2017 – API China has been awarded as “Outstanding Supplier of Enterprise Asset Management 2016 in China” at the 6th Informatization and Industrialization Integrative Development Summit Forum in Beijing, China. The summit was sponsored by e-works global, and the theme was integration of internet in the manufacturing industry.
At the summit representatives from API Maintenance Systems analyzed EAM technologies and products with other best-in-class providers in the industry and shared experiences on cases and implementation strategies seen from a multi-perspective point of view.
AXXOS – member of the API Maintenance Systems Group – signed an agreement with Volvo Cars (Volvo) for the implementation of the production monitoring system, AXXOS OEE in Volvo’s new production facility located in Torslanda, Sweden. The agreement include networked production monitoring with about 400 production units and is currently the single largest order recorded for AXXOS.
Volvo selected AXXOS OEE after careful evaluation of seven competing systems and after a successful pilot installation within a focused area of the factory.
”Compared to the other systems we reviewed, AXXOS OEE offer a more complete solution for our requirements of built-in functionality that gives us “best practice”. We want to spend our time on improvements within our production, not to specify and develop IT solutions”, says Agron Basha, Business Project Leader, VOLVO CAR CORPORATION.
”AXXOS OEE will show us in black and white where we have problems and identify what they are, this in turn will help us set priorities. We will be able to collect data to facilitate decision making on which direction to work towards and where we get the most out of our investment”, continues Agron Basha.
The top modern factory in Torslanda manufactures the new XC90 model.
“The new XC90 is a market success and Volvo is using almost all available time to manufacture cars. AXXOS OEE will become an important tool in Volvo’s improvement strategy and will be able to identify, and map bottlenecks early”, says Johan Junvik, Key Account Manager, AXXOS Industrial Systems.
The agreement includes AXXOS OEE and AXXOS Analyze that makes it quick and easy to analyze collected information to identify improvement potentials within the organization. AXXOS OEE Mobile allow Volvo’s employees access to the production monitoring system directly on their mobile phones or tablets.
About AXXOS Industrial Systems
AXXOS has delivered systems for production monitoring, AXXOS OEE for almost 20 years. We help our customers streamline their production by packaging our experience in OEE-systems, LEAN-training and coaching in improvement. AXXOS is part of the API Group, supplying software for reliable and efficient production to 900 customers in 50 countries.
About AXXOS OEE
AXXOS OEE measures important KPI’s like the OEE value, set-up times, cycle times etc. AXXOS Visualize makes it easy to show the current production situation in real time. With the help of AXXOS Analyze it is quick and easy to analyze collected data to see the potential for improvement in operations.
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CMMS, EAM, OEE and TPM
– An alphabet cocktail for manufacturing, maintenance and production
The goal of any manufacturer and production organization is fairly simple, get the most out of your equipment (assets), while producing quality goods. So how and where do each of the ingredients of the alphabet cocktail come into play?
CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) is the absolute life blood of any top maintenance organization. You must be able to track who is doing what on each piece of equipment (asset), what was done, what parts were used, etc. You should be able to track your inventory, schedule your preventive maintenance as well as break fix and of course this should all be able to be completed on a mobile device. CMMS is the first key ingredient in the alphabet cocktail.
Top of the line CMMS systems have grown into much more incorporating EAM (Enterprise Asset Management). An EAM system takes things to the next level by tracking everything around the entire lifecycle of the asset. When was it purchased and from who, what sort of warranty is in place, tracking overhauls, depreciations as well of course all of the things a CMMS solution provides.
So now you are tracking everything you need to know about your equipment (asset) with a CMMS/EAM solution or are you? No the next key ingredient in the alphabet cocktail is OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). It is one thing to fix your equipment when it breaks down or better yet try to prevent those breakdowns with an aggressive preventive maintenance program. Let’s remember one of the key goals of manufacturing and production is to get the most out of your equipment (assets). This is where an OEE System comes into play.
The history of OEE can be traced back to metrics developed by Seiichi Nakajima in Japan during the 1960s to evaluate how effectively a manufacturing operation is utilized. OEE is based on availability, performance and quality rate.
Measurement of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), is becoming widely accepted as an overall measure of manufacturing effectiveness. However, when correctly applied, OEE is much more than a management benchmark. It is a powerful troubleshooting tool that identifies areas for improvement at the functional level.
It is important to remember that OEE is part of an overall improvement program and NOT just another KPI to measure. OEE is at its best when it is focused on one single asset or a synchronized line. Of course there are numerous studies of what a “World Class” OEE number is for a manufacturer or production operation. These “World Class” numbers should not be used as a benchmark. Remember OEE is about attaining improvements. A “World Class” continuous production operation might have an OEE number in the 90’s, but if you take your operation from the low 40’s up to the 60’s you have achieved a 50% improvement!
What can your maintenance program and your CMMS/EAM do to contribute to improving OEE’s three keys of availability, performance and quality?
That brings us to the fourth ingredient in our alphabet cocktail, TPM (Total Productive Maintenance). TPM is a plant improvement methodology which enables continuous and rapid improvement of the manufacturing process through use of employee involvement, employee empowerment, and closed-loop measurement of results (OEE). TPM is about bringing things full circle back to your CMMS and your PM program. The key though is, now it is not just seen as a maintenance department function. The focus is how you maintain your equipment throughout its life cycle. This requires the buy in from top management as well as front line production staff and operators. Production operators for example can and should be trained on simple preventive maintenance activities such as lubrications, how to note and track those activities within your CMMS.
People, culture and attitude
Remember when we talk about OEE and TPM we are not talking about a technical IT-project, sure technology will and does play a key role but more importantly we are talking about people, culture and attitude within your manufacturing operation. OEE and TPM projects need to have clearly focused primary financial business goals such as reduce scrap, reduce short stoppages and improve lead times. OEE and TPM are about continuous improvement in your manufacturing and production environment.
Precise planning and better utilization of resources
The Visual Planning function in API PRO provides a clear view of available personnel and displays a precise planning overview.
Online monitoring of work order progress
Optimize the utilization of the workforce and improve the service level with the Visual Planning function. The process is purely visual – with drag and drop you can control that work orders are delivered on time while utilizing your workforce optimally.
The efficient planning features make it easy to plan preventive and corrective work on groups or individuals in a user-friendly way.
To support group planning a new way of grouping work force called “Capacity Group” is introduced.
- When you have optimized the work load on the Capacity Group you can continue planning for persons, simply by “dropping” the persons on the work orders.
- The “Week-plan” function provides a quick view of “when and where” the maintenance personnel will be working during the week. This view shows a combination of shift/working time, exceptions and capacity group for each person.
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The Visual Planning function introduces more new features:
- It is now possible to “take ownership” of work orders, while planning them. This prevents that more people, by mistake, plan the same work orders at the same time.
- “Sign on and off” work orders and have the spent time calculated automatically.
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Scandinavian efficiency software companies join forces catering for Industry 4.0 needs
Today, API Maintenance Systems has acquired all shares in the Swedish ‘gazelle’ company, AXXOS. The companies expect to reap substantial synergies in the fight for market shares within IT-systems for maintenance and operational optimization.
The acquisition, which is a part of API’s global growth strategy, adds the powerful production monitoring and improvement system AXXOS OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as well as Calibration technology to its product portfolio.
API, which by ComputerWorld was named Denmark’s best IT-company in 2013, develops and markets software for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). Michael Ries, CEO of API, expects that the addition of AXXOS’ so
ftware will contribute significantly to achieving the company’s ambitious growth targets.
Moving up the value chain
API has during the past 20 years – and in competition with large multinational IT companies – established a strong position within EAM-systems. The client list contains several of the biggest brands in the food & beverages, pharmaceutical, process and manufacturing industries distributed across more than 50 countries.
“We have strong track record in providing solutions to the many challenges that exist around the planning processes and maintenance of large manufacturing companies,” says Michael Ries, and adds: “But what we get with AXXOS, is the ability to offer our customers the tools to measure how well they utilize their production equipment and to find the potentials for improvements. We believe that this ability will be of great importance to our customers.”
The acquisition of AXXOS happens in a niche market which is experiencing growing demand and by adding the AXXOS OEE-tools and analysis, API can offer customers a product mix currently unmatched by even the largest competitors. “Both companies are healthy and well-managed, so this acquisition is driven solely by a strategic desire to move up the value chain, and we expect that it will contribute to the further growth of our businesses,” Michael Ries explains.
AXXOS is Scandinavia’s leading supplier of production monitoring solutions with over 300 customers in 20 countries. AXXOS has its largest customer base in the Nordic region, while API already has the bulk of its revenue abroad.
“API is a global player – and with offices in 10 countries they can help lift our technology onto the world market much faster than we would have been able to on our own,” says AXXOS’ CEO, Claes Gunnarsson and Michael Ries adds: “In addition to now being able to offer our large customer base to add AXXOS OEE-tools and analysis technologies to our existing solution, we also believe that our combined offering will attract new customers, who are looking for an important insight into the real value of their work with maintenance and optimization”.
Industry 4.0 and IoT
A common denominator is that both companies’ services and technologies support the global supertrend, Industry 4.0 and IoT (Internet of Things), where the increasing digitization of manufacturing systems makes it possible to generate, analyze and communicate data in order to optimize the overall efficiency.
“With this acquisition, we move our positions forward in this exciting area, where integration and collaboration between different applications is a key to success,” Michael Ries concludes.
API Maintenance Systems A/S
- headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark
- was in 2013 named Denmark’s best IT company by Computerworld
- the Danish equity fund, Capidea, is the majority shareholder
- API has customers in more than 50 countries
- API PRO software is available in 23 languages
AXXOS Industrisystem AB:
- resides in Jönköping, Sweden
- has just been named a ‘gazelle’ company (i.e. fast-growing) by the Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri.
- has customers in 20 countries
After the acquisition, API Group has a three-digit million turnover in DKK and about 110 employees in 15 offices in 10 countries.
Michael Ries, CEO, API Maintenance Systems A/S (+45 40 27 99 41)
Keep up the full handling capacity
API PRO ensures maintenance of high-value capital assets which secures the full handling potential of the port and its equipment.
Maintaining a port is a highly demanding and difficult process. When equipment fails to operate properly, bottle necks immediately start to occur. API PRO provides the tools to be able to control and optimize the productivity by lowering the down time through effective preventive maintenance management.
Effective preventive and predictive maintenance is essential, but also the availability of spare parts and new or refurbished components is a major key to high productivity. API PRO optimizes the purchasing process and even handles the internal sourcing of components which optimizes delivery time and reduces the total cost of stock items. API PRO provides access to fully updated information about stock levels, material availability, expected delivery dates for ordered parts and committed costs any time.
The API PRO Graphical Navigator is the perfect tool to gain overview of the total work area. In a simple and uncomplicated way, users can access the entire equipment structure. By using a digital map of the plant, users get easy access to all kinds of equipment information just by a few clicks on the map. The Graphical Navigator can also be used as an error reporting tool.
International operators need to be able to standardize classification of material and to structure information about these. API PRO supports existing classification systems such as E-class.
Protect valuable facilities and equipment
Preventive maintenance: The power and utility industry is performance driven. Efficiency and reliability is essential.
When it comes to preventive maintenance it is vital that all procedures are run systematically with clockwork precision. Asset information has to be managed in detail, both to support material management and as the basis for forward planning during major overhauls.
The Power and utility industries have special characteristics. They need to maximize availability and output in order to avoid a power shut down or black out. There are severe consequences that can arise if a breakdown happens.
In an industry where maximized availability, reliability and trustworthiness are crucial factors to stay competitive, it is important that key performance indicators (KPI) are kept under supervision and a dashboard is provided. The dashboard is where the key performance indicators of the plant can easily be kept under supervision. It is possible to make corrective decisions faster and more accurately with the starting point indicated on the dashboard.
The API PRO shift log book and permit to work modules are developed in close cooperation with our current customers in the power and utility sector. Interfacing to existing ERP and control systems, handling of user rights and graphical navigation are important features in a maintenance system operating at power and utility plants to secure a smooth, efficient and reliable maintenance of the assets as well as operation without unplanned interruptions.
Efficient utilization of the production equipment
Efficiency in the production is a key parameter to manufacturing and process industries. The requirements for productivity are considerable.
High quality products require a controlled manufacturing process. API PRO is the optimal system for organizing maintenance management in a way that secures consistent product quality and a minimum of downtime.
The focus is on keeping unplanned maintenance stops to a minimum in order to optimize the production. Effective spare part management and quick access to machine documentation contribute to keeping down time as short as possible.
API PRO offers a powerful and flexible planning functionality that helps utilizing the production stops effectively with planned maintenance activities.
API PRO also helps keeping focus on the machines that causes the biggest problems. The analytics module, and the dashboard for key performance indicators present a clear picture of where to proceed with the process of continuous improvement.
API PRO supports all of the activities necessary for an effective maintenance organization and integrates seamlessly with the company’s ERP system.