More effective processing of production data using global platformMar 12, 2012 20:35 CET
AkzoNobel is investing €5 million in its Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, Eka Chemicals, to continue developing and implementing its technical platform for global operations management, Eka Process Information (EPI). The platform simplifies and harmonizes the processing of production data in all parts of the operations process and enables plants around the world to enjoy the benefits of being part of a global network.
“We are leading when it comes to these types of global industrial solutions, which in turn helps support a unique, open culture among our plants,” says Stefan Malmsten, Industrial IT manager at Pulp and Paper Chemicals.
The new platform project is now entering the development and design phase. It will take about two years and is being conducted in cooperation with two suppliers, GE Intelligent Platforms with their Proficy Suite, and Accenture.
“We are proud to support AkzoNobel in achieving world class levels of operational excellence across their enterprise,” says Erik Udstuen, Vice President of Software & Services at GE Intelligent Platforms.
About 25 plants will take part in the implementation. These facilities produce chlorate, hydrogen peroxide, silica sols, microspheres as well as products for HPLC purification of pharmaceuticals.
“We are continuing to develop tools that will greatly benefit the everyday work of operators and other personnel in our plants. Improved management reporting is a key additional benefit,” says Malmsten. “By standardizing the processing of production data and also streamlining the work processes across our production lines, we will enable both enhanced information quality and increased efficiency. Integration with our global SAP system is key to efficiency gains.”
For more information
Manager Industrial IT, AkzoNobel Pulp and Paper Chemicals
Phone: +46 31 58 75 44