As word of the team’s success continued to spread, calls for help grew as well. In fact, IT received so many requests that the department placed its original rebuild project on hold to focus on these new high-value initiatives which ranged from helping product engineers design work packages to shedding light on trading partner relationships.
The next challenge to address? Improving work package design tracking. To better help product engineers, the IT team built a series of tailored data input screens, allowing product team members to record details of time spent on design activities, which PMG then stores for later analysis. The forms capture a wealth of data, such as time spent on the individual stages of each production project, helping engineering managers keep track of the product design progress. And with PMG, lead engineers can pull reports on this data and then tweak work packages accordingly.
Seeking to create a more efficient supply chain, Kautex requested help managing its trading partner relationships. Specifically, leaders wanted to track the compliance history for each partner. To give employees an easy means of recording material compliance, Jenkins’ team set up a database in PMG to store all material compliance history. Now by pulling behavior reports from PMG, company leaders easily identify ideal partners, as well as those who tend to cut corners.
Finally, to create greater visibility into factory capacity levels, production managers were next in the queue for help. Currently, Jenkins’ team is creating a series of tailored data input screens, this time to capture key production planning data from Kautex’s 250 global manufacturing machines. Production managers will soon be able to use PMG to pull a production “heat map,” which helps leadership simplify capacity management by showing which areas are at capacity and which can stand to take on more assembly.
“A lot of processes are just out there doing their own thing,” said Jenkins. “With PMG, we can help get these processes under control by looking at them to determine which are working correctly, and working out which bits need improvement. This helps us improve future operations, and we’ve found that’s really the key benefit.”