Critical Connections: Optimizing Process Flow
Hayen Laser Technology (HLT) is a busy fabrication shop specializing in laser and waterjet cutting, bending, welding and finishing since 2006. As it’s grown, HLT has made investments in systems for sales, purchasing, invoicing and production. There was never a question of integrating these systems until this “unconnected” process impacted the shop’s competitiveness. While HLT continued to invest in advanced fabrication equipment (recently adding the high-speed LVD Electra fiber laser cutting machine), streamlining and automating its production was only part of the equation for its success.
“Our production processes were already optimized,” says Manager, Maurice Hayen. “Further automation and robotization offered little help. The bottleneck was mainly in administration. Writing a quote took half an hour, even if it involved a piece of sheet metal of 50 euros. Then, after the confirmation of an order, the work planners duplicated the process. Repeat orders also took a disproportionate amount of time and manpower. Furthermore, different software systems ran side by side. That’s how it goes in a growing company; you always add something; another module is connected to a system. It’s very inefficient.”
A bigger-picture perspective was needed, so Hayen looked to link the processes. The first step: adding a resource planning (ERP) system. The second step was integrating ERP with the shop floor via LVD’s CADMAN software suite.
By connecting its processes, HLT was able to optimize procedures.
Sources: Metallerie; Link (www.linkmagazine.nl)