Employees therefore no longer need to copy and enter data into their respective system, but can now simply use the data available and subsequently add their information. Using this method, Cideon is optimising the technical and commercial processes at Siloking. All in all, simplified data maintenance, improved data quality and increased process reliability ensure working processes are much quicker to complete and, to top it all off, less susceptible to errors.
It only takes a quick look at the old ERP, which notably failed to record material transfers, to discover the exact advantages. Many areas were working with different programs and, due to the various stand-alone solutions, employees in different departments often had to manually transfer data from one program to the other. “Mistakes were common and information was incorrectly linked on a regular basis,” says Winzer, an expert in PLM. “When we were carrying out the project, we noticed numerous irregularities between the data in the different systems.”
In addition, each media disruption that occurred meant more work because the employees in procurement, manufacturing and services often needed to ask the developers where certain data on a machine was located and which version of a component they actually needed to install. “If manufacturing personnel install the wrong components because they have outdated information, that’s a catastrophe waiting to happen,” explains Winzer. “This potential for error has now been eliminated, as the designers label currently used parts in the system for all employees to see.”
Reviewing the database
Because the switch was made whilst operations were still ongoing, the utmost care was needed. “The migrated data contained the company’s entire know-how,” says Winzer. Cideon therefore wrote a dedicated program for the Siloking project, which transferred all the data from different source systems and formats into the new PLM, simultaneously deleting any superfluous data. “Only around 15 per cent of the entire database of approximately two terabytes was real data. The rest was just duplications,” Winzer reveals.
It only took a few weeks for Röder and his colleagues to appreciate the benefits of the new system. “We discover new possibilities almost every day,” says Röder. The next step for him is therefore to roll out the new PLM on a global scale. “After 25 years of production and following the transformation of our workshop into the large business it is today, switching over our software was a massive step,” says Schöttl, Managing Director of Siloking. “By performing the switchover, Cideon has enabled us to adapt processes so that we can reliably and efficiently maintain our growth in the future.”