United Biscuits implements Shopfloor-Online MES

United Biscuits takes step-by-step approach to manufacturing information strategy

 

"The European plants have different systems in place but this is an oppportunity for us to share best practice across the business and provide one standard platform to underpin our strategy - One UB Way."  Phil Chirgwin, UB IS Business Analyst

Challenges

In a context of multi-site operations, with several production lines per site making different products, United Biscuits acknowledged that evaluating performance at line, plant, or group level required the implementation of an integrated manufacturing execution system solution. This solution, based on Shopfloor-Online MES, delivers data using a set of standard KPIs. This provides United Biscuits with a platform for Quality Assurance and Compliance.

Shopfloor-OnlineTM MOM solution

Number of manufacturing plants: 8 plants installed in Europe, planned roll-out to all plants.

Production efficiency KPIs, called Overall Line Potential.

As a biscuits and snacks manufacturer, UB had 2 distinct processes, baking and frying, with an added variation for the baking process as some lines also include a chocolate coating process. The MES platform overcame the complexity of dealing with these several types of manufacturing lines by modelling all of the processes into a standard model.

The system delivers fast & reliable insight into a range of key indicators to United Biscuits:

  • Waste
  • OEE
  • Quality
  • Performance
  • Output

Product Quality Analysis & Traceability

It enables finished product quality checks on:

  • Packaging labelling
  • Packaging appearance
  • Product freshness, appearance and taste
  • Traceability – from the receipt of raw materials through every steps of the production process to finished goods.

Reporting

Dashboards provide information at 3 levels:  

  • Line level (a view across all machines, in the line);
  • Factory level (a view across lines in the factory);
  • Global (a view across the 7 UK plants).

Key benefits

  • Increased efficiency through transparency of information across plants
  • Improved visibility on performance for the boardroom
  • Enables factory managers to focus on areas of improvement
  • Facilitates staff mobility between manufacturing sites is easier, as there is one MES model replicated on each site, training time is reduced.
  • Customer Quality audits take only 2 hours Vs up to 3 days previously

About United Biscuits

The leading manufacturer and marketer of biscuits in the UK and second largest in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland, UB brands are sold in over 130 countries with seven manufacturing facilities in the UK, one in Belgium, two in France, one in the Netherlands, and one each in Nigeria, India and the Middle East.

 

 

"The European plants have different systems in place but this is an oppportunity for us to share best practice across the business and provide one standard platform to underpin our strategy - One UB Way."  Phil Chirgwin, UB IS Business Analyst

 
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