Crown Paints collects plant data to help boost productivity

10 May 2011

Crown Paints, the UK's largest independent manufacturer of paints and wood stains, is making efficiency improvements through the installation of a management tool designed to enable leaner and smarter production processes.

The decision was made to install the AssetManager system, from InfoServe365 on an emulsion paint fill line. The company wanted accurate and reliable data regarding the performance of the line so that it would be able to pinpoint where changes could best boost productivity and reduce downtime.

AssetManager is InfoServe365's touch screen, intuitive out-of-the-box production reporting system. Run through an internet connection, to avoid the need for expensive on-site servers, its data collection provides secure, globally accessible manufacturing intelligence in a clear, succinct format, says the company.

Crown Paints had recognised that its existing method of using clipboards to record machine downtime was unproductive and was out of step with its advanced paint development and production systems. By installing AssetManager it is able to automatically gather, analyse and report on this information with a flexibility that makes it suitable for a multi-site business such as Crown.

AssetManager records technical information from the manufacturing processses to provide business intelligence such as productivity and downtime reporting, real-time status and aggregated trend analyses.

By providing management and engineering staff with this information and views of plant activity through historical and real time analysis, it is easier for Crown to positively identify system improvements and guarantee the return on investment of any remedial work.

Crown's engineering manager at Hull, Barry Shackleton, said: "We wanted to collect accurate downtime data from our No. 3 line and InfoServe365's AssetManager was suggested by its sister company Optima Control Solutions. It was easy to install, user friendly and allows us to monitor in real-time and remotely. It has already given us some very useful information. We plan to install it on other lines."

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