PIEx WHIRLPOOL SLOVAKIA, Ltd.

 

Whirlpool Slovakia, Ltd.

 

  • Location: Poprad since 1992
  • Function: production of washing machines (front and top loaded)
  • Capacity: 2,4 million pieces annually (11 000 pieces daily) in 2016 (1,6 million in 2010)
  • Employment: 1400 employees
  • Member of Whirlpool Corporation, the world's largest home appliance maker

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Background

 

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Production growth to level which required implementation of new effective processes for inbound section, as well as for whole supply chain management.

When new processes were in place, attention of Whirlpool shifted to finding information system to keep processes running, since additional effectivity improvements without such system wasn´t feasible.

Main features of requested system:

 

  • Data handling without Excel files.
  • Validation and controlling of data entered to the system.
  • Effective information sharing among operators.
  • Easy and quick reporting of information needed for decision making.
  • Complex real time view of inbound process.

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Requirements

 

Satisfaction of Whirlpool Slovakia with quality of our services and products resulted in 2010 into assignment of implementation of system for transport planning and inbound process visualization and management.

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Planning loading and unloading within the time windows

Requirements of PIEx:

 

  • Cover all processes as exists in Whirlpool Slovakia.
  • Visual management of inbound operators and visualization of processes in inbound area.
  • Replacement of existing excel files for inbound with automatic recalculations of data if something has changed.
  • Easy and quick reporting of information needed for decision making.
  • Visually attractive and modern design.
  • User friendly and efficient interface.

 

Solution

 

With use of our development platform (M2M Platform) we have achieved:

 

  • First version of the system has been put in use three months after order.
  • Replacement of existing excel files for inbound with automatic recalculations of data if something has changed.
  • Easy and quick reporting of information needed for decision making, as well as using this data for planning and modeling future.

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With use of augmented reality, information panels and traffic signalization we have achieved:

 

  • Visual management of inbound operators and visualization of processes in inbound hall, that allows every operator to see the state of the process without asking anybody.
  • Main screen consists of real-time IP camera output augmented by process focused information. This concept simplifies usage of system and allows quick and effective process management.

 

Results

 

  • Real saving in 2011 - repayment of the initial investment in one year.
  • Saving of one work shift on inbound.
  • Increase in efficiency of inbound processes, its stabilization and standardization.
  • Easy to use monitoring of transport effectivity (CPU calculation, delays) and quality.
  • Reduction of transport costs (CPU), unplanned production stops due to logistic issues and reduction of stock value.
  • Improvement of relations with transport companies.
  • Removal of hidden costs in processes (communication, planning).
  • Optimization of transport planning, loading, un-loading, route and capacity.

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Cost monitoring Cost Per Unit (CPU) and Stock value

 

Conclusion

 

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After successful implementation of PIEx we have made following functionality updates:

 

  • Transport and production KANBAN
  • Packaging catalogue
  • Advanced reporting and data analytics
  • Stock-taking
  • Cross connection with ERP SAP HANA

In addition to updates of PIEx we have implemented for Whirlpool Slovakia our product OEE (Overall equipment effectiveness), which serves to measure efficiency of usage of equipment.

Our cooperation is already planned for future. Besides additional enhancements of PIEx (Waste & Scrap management) we should implement our technology M2L (Manipulate to light) in order to navigate operators and control manipulation in warehouses.

 

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