Keeping control of your plant while enhancing its performance
Serge Constantineau, Senior EFFECTO wood-processing consulting expert
Retain and transfer the knowledge of your experienced employees.
As a mill owner, you’ve probably already invested in productivity gains, material yield improvements, value recovery, and labor reduction by adding production equipment (including sawing line and debarker) which are the visible technologies and systems in the field with gains and benefits that are quickly measurable.Productivity and quality gain, and time loss reduction are some of the more traditional performance metrics.
In spite of advanced vision, control, and optimization systems, improved performance still relies on the expertise of those that operate and adjust them to increasingly varied operational conditions.
It’s becoming more and more important to equip front-line personnel (operators and supervisors)with the tools to establish business intelligence operating standards no matter what the context, in order not only to generate anticipated results and performance improvements, but also to be less dependent on a handful of dominant players.
Simon Roy, CEO, Bois CFM, Canada – Quebec
Improving profitability and creating new opportunities
My responsibilities include strategic planning, governance, and sales. I also have to make sure that the company continues to be an employer of choice for qualified candidates. You must, of course, have the means to make all this work as it should. To that end, we’ve invested heavily in automation, scanners, and optimizers to increase production and quality. The problem is that these machines and systems do not talk to each other. So you never get the big picture at any one point in time.
With EFFECTO we’ve automated everything to eliminate as much manual input as possible, reducing errors and taking performance to the next level. We now have total traceability on everything from wood purchasing to shipping and billing. Everyone has the information they need to get the job done, whether it’s the operators, the supervisors, or me. I can see what’s going on in the plant at any moment, know what my inventory is, and how production is coming along.
By freeing employees from non-value-added tasks, we’re able to assign them more interesting things to do and that makes them feel more valued and more appreciated.
What EFFECTO can do for you
By integrating simple and effective optimization tools you can trust, we give you:
Data is often a company’s most valuable hidden resource and in today’s wood industry that’s certainly the case. While wood industry data is little or never exploited, once it’s contextualized, it can be an important source of extra profit.
The potential of this hidden treasure can actually be immense, especially in terms of compensating for the intelligence gap the exit of experienced personnel has caused.
When your data starts talking you can equip your operators and managers with real-time tools that guide them in their daily tasks, instantly targeting emergencies and equipment failures for priority intervention.