Significant improvement in the production efficiency
The financial administration system covering all of the business group’s operations was the first element to be implemented in the course of the system modernization. About a year after this, the production management system for the chipboard sector was implemented, followed by the plywood system, which required the most configuration work.
Koskinen’s bespoke components are largely related to the various work phases in plywood and chipboard production. However, order processing in the two is similar. Order processing has become markedly more efficient thanks to the new system: despite the growing number of orders, the processing is now handled by 10 to 15 per cent fewer staff.
The orders placed by the company’s sales representatives are shown in real time at the plant. Work queue management is easy, and each employee can view the day’s work list from his or her workstation in the morning, without having to wait for the supervisor’s visit. Production turnaround times have been reduced, while quality has increased.
The drop of about a fifth in the need for intermediate storage nicely illustrates that material management has become more efficient. The predictability of material management has improved greatly since purchase information and maintenance requirements have become available in the real time in the system. Transport planning too has become easier.
Purchase invoice processing has been integrated into the financial administration system. The fact that, despite an over 50% increase in group turnover, there has been no need to increase the number of staff in financial administration indicates that financial administration has become significantly more efficient.
Understanding the defining characteristics of the sector is vitally important where information system projects and product development are concerned. Over 10 years old customer relationship with Koskisen Oy has brought Digia deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of the customer. These needs are taken into consideration also when developing the standard software.