Olvi invests in Lean daily management

On the shores of Porovesi, at the tip of Luuniemi, is located one of the main employers in Iisalmi and a major quencher of the Finns’ thirst. The Olvi brewery and soft drink factory have produced enjoyable beverages for nearly 140 years. In the last two years, Olvi has streamlines its operations using the ARROW Machine Track production monitoring system.

”Implementing was simple and we were able to complete the process in a week. The new system was received very well by the personnel, and there have been no complaints whatsoever. This is certainly due to the fact that Machine Track is easy to use and offers concrete assistance in performing the work. We don’t have to record any disturbances in the production on paper any more, for example”, says production director Lauri Multanen.

”The system tells how much of the time the machines have been active and how much time has been spent sorting out congested production, setting changes required due to switching the product and machinery malfunctions. This data provides essential support for planning development projects and investments”, development engineer Sami Kajan says.

” For example, we have been able to improve the efficiency of our second can lien by 15 % within a year, by using Machine Track to identify the main issues”, Kajan describes.

Olvi has considered the benefits of Machine Track to be so major that the decision has been made to start using it in Olvi’s four affiliated companies in the Baltic countries and Belarus. In Iisalmi, the next step is already being prepared – they intend to switch to the Lean daily management system by organizing quick stand-up meetings right in the middle of the production facilities.

The ARROW Shop floor Management daily management system will collect data from Olvi’s various systems in real time and compile a simple visual representation on a large display. The tool allows supervisor to arrange efficient and quick production meetings and to ensure that all employees are up-to-date regarding the production status. Shop Floor Management collects the data automatically, so no work time is wasted preparing for meetings.

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