Panduit is a leading global provider of network infrastructure solutions. Panduit‘s products are used in the automotive industry, the energy sector and for security systems. Among other things, the company produces several million cable ties every day. Panduit employs around 4000 people at its locations in Chicago, Georgia as well as in Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Singapore and Romania. Panduit has been using MPDV‘s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) HYDRA in production at its plants worldwide for three years. As a result, production efficiency has been increased by up to 10 percent.
Mike Kimbrell, IT Manager for Enterprise Applications at Panduit
MPDV‘s MES HYDRA has given us full transparency on the shop floor. Now we know exactly which machine is particularly efficient and which should be replaced by a more powerful one. Thanks to HYDRA we can make much more targeted decisions and intervene at the right spots.
Where previously self-developed systems were used in production, Panduit now relies on MPDV‘s MES HYDRA. „Back then, we had our own solution in use at every production site. This made it extremely difficult to compare the different sites. Since we have been using HYDRA, this is a thing of the past. Now we can easily compare our sites and learn from each other,“ says Mike Kimbrell, IT Manager for Enterprise Applications at Panduit.
The Panduit team has successfully connected 75 percent of the machines Panduit to HYDRA. These days, production employees know exactly how efficient the individual machines in the plants are. „HYDRA has increased the transparency in the shop floor tremendously. Based on the figures we record and evaluate with HYDRA, we now can see at once how efficiently our machines work. This is crucial, because only then can we make targeted decisions based on facts,“ says Kimbrell.
By using the HYDRA-DNC module, the Panduit team imports information on work orders directly from the Panduit’s planning and scheduling systems into the MES HYDRA. The data no longer needs to be requested manually. When an order is logged on, HYDRA automatically transfers the information to the machine. The high degree of automation minimizes the error rate and accelerates the entire process.
HYDRA‘s Tool and Resource Management module enables the Panduit team to keep track of maintenance and managing of tools and resources. „The system shows us in advance when a tool needs maintenance. This allowed us to significantly minimize our deployment costs,“ says Kimbrell.
The MES HYDRA has a modular structure. Panduit has altogether introduced five different modules worldwide step by step. MPDV‘s training sessions were particularly valuable during this process. „Experts from MPDV have taught us the most important things about MES HYDRA in a very short time. We quickly became efficient because we could work directly with the system ourselves,“ concludes Kimbrell contently. „A big advantage was that MPDV has locations all over the world. For example, our team in Chicago was able to complete a training course at MPDV in Orland Park, Illinois, and MPDV also has a location in Singapore, which is very close to our production site. Just great.“
Mike Kimbrell has been working for Panduit for 21 years and leads several IT teams in his function as the IT manager for Enterprise Applications. He is product manager for MES HYDRA and has overseen the implementation process. He was especially impressed right from the start by how easy HYDRA is to operate and how reliably the system runs. „I am still quite amazed at how quickly we were able to work with the MES ourselves. Our expectations have been greatly exceeded,“ he says.
- 75 percent of the machines worldwide connected to HYDRA
- Increase in OEE by up to 10 percent
- Connecting to Panduit’s planning and scheduling systems