Condumex relies on Smart Factory software
Mexican enterprise Condumex had to replace the existing ERP system. Since none of the standard systems on the market would cover the cable production’s special requirements, the company decided to use the industry specific cable solution “SAP S/4HANA” of Advaris.
One enterprise, six factories, and seven product groups: To guarantee efficient processes in such a complex situation, software solutions are required that cover industry-specific standards and are flexible enough at the same time to enable plant-specific adaptations without compromise. Condumex had set up a project team with representatives from all divisions to search for a product that fulfils all these requirements. It soon became obvious that none of the standard ERP systems on the market would cover the special requirements of cable production.
Condumex found what they were looking for in Bruchsal, Germany: In future, Advaris’ industry solution will be used for product data management and production, perfectly meeting the diverse needs of the Condumex Group. As ERP system, they chose “SAP S/4HANA” with the “Mill Products” industry package. An important argument for this was the integration with Advaris, which has already proven its value with other cable manufacturers.
Victor Villalobos, COO of Condumex, is excited about the launch: “The combination of Advaris and SAP is the perfect choice for us. The new MES system enables us to minimise production costs without having to compromise on quality or adherence to delivery dates. Since we have been using Advaris and SAP S/4HANA in the Condumex factories, operations have become more fluid. The programs are also easier to use for our employees. I am already looking forward to all locations experiencing the modernisation push.” By 2020, all Condumex cables will be produced using Advaris MES.
Advaris and SAP are closely linked via interfaces. Condumex now has a fully integrated ERP/MES solution that covers all business processes from machine control to financial accounting and from cable design to delivery. Several thousand different products are automatically generated in the cable design module and permanently kept up to date. All basic data for production planning such as machine speeds, scrap quantities, usable drum sizes, alternative machines, etc. are transferred from the Advaris cable design module to the detailed planning and scheduling module. A sophisticated detailed planning of the machine occupancy avoids unnecessary setup times and scrap. Effects of disruptions or new rush orders are immediately recognisable. The complete data acquisition on shop floor with interfaces to the machine controls and measuring devices for quality assurance guarantees the complete traceability of every single cable length.
“Thanks to the new system, we can see real-time information from production and the relevant KPIs directly on the screen in the office,” says Victor Villalobos. “Manual notes or feedbacks, which are often sources of errors, have become redundant. For example, each drum is provided with a barcode label. This allows the MES to check at any time whether this specific drum is really intended for this job. These are just a few of the new benefits.” For Advaris, the new customer is a valuable asset. “Mexico is a new territory for us,” says Managing Director Manfred Moser. “We are pleased to be able to cooperate with more and more international customers and to learn from the respective production methods. It also makes us proud that Advaris is chosen over all other offerings worldwide when it comes to ERP/MES solutions for the cable industry, even if the customer's structures are somewhat more complex.”
Condumex is currently implementing the Advaris modules for product data management and the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) as part of the SAP implementation. The systems are already live in two large factories in Mexico City, and the four remaining cable plants are scheduled to follow through 2020. The enterprise is part of the Carso Group, one of the largest conglomerate companies in Latin America. With six factories in Mexico, Condumex is the largest cable producer in the country, and it has further locations in Brazil and Spain. Each site focuses on specific product groups including power cables, enamelled wires, installation cables, telecommunication and fibre optic cables as well as automotive and control cables.
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