United Biscuits (now pladis) run several production lines making different products at each of their 14 manufacturing sites. In the context of multi-site operations, the company acknowledged that evaluating performance at line, plant, or group level required the implementation of an integrated manufacturing execution system.
The solution, based on Shopfloor-Online MES software, delivers data using a set of standard KPIs, providing United Biscuits with a reliable platform for Quality Assurance and Compliance.
Number of manufacturing plants installed: 8 plants in Europe, planned roll-out to all plants.
The biscuits and snacks manufacturer had 2 distinct processes: baking and frying; some lines in the baking process also include a chocolate coating process. Shopfloor-Online MES system overcame the complexity of several types of manufacturing lines by modelling all of the processes into a standard model.
United Biscuits’ MES system delivers fast and reliable insight into a range of key indicators:
It enables finished product quality checks on:
Dashboards provide information at 3 levels:
The leading manufacturer and marketer of biscuits in the UK and second largest in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland, UB brands (now pladis) 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 opportunity 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