Conventional mitigation methods fall short for several reasons:
Real-time dashboards dedicated to mill floor employees enable you to:
It’s very easy to lose control over a production run in the sawmill and planer mill. Regardless of training, inexperienced hires don’t (if at all) react appropriately to issues. There are a few reasons for that:
In any event, the extent of the impact on the production run will usually only become apparent when the shift report is in the hands of the mill superintendent or manager.
PMP SOLUTIONS understands that only information leads to impactful results. That's the reason why PMP TeamMate dashboards on the plant floor display production run information contextualized for the work of the operators using them.
PMP TeamMate compares production data with the specified acceptable operational ranges for the production recipe in real time. So doing, it can highlight potential problems and alert operators when production parameters are out of range.
The outstanding benefit of this is simple when compared to machine dashboards that only display production data: inexperienced operators can easily understand the information from PMP TeamMate dashboards and know whether the production is running smoothly, and quickly act accordingly if it's not.
For example, the operator doesn't need to depend on experience to know the expected lumber recovery factor from the different equipment at primary breakdown according to species. The operator also doesn't need to remember the expected trim loss of a 2"×8" with valued-added products run in relation to the trim loss of a 2"×4" stud run.
As the saying goes: garbage in, garbage out. Using a data warehouse approach where data is processed and structured according to the ANSI / ISA-95 standard, PMP TeamMate enables you to analyze and compare productions in a single click. This unique level of precision supports good data-driven decisions and actions.
PMP TeamMate is the only solution on the market that offers you this kind of data—the product of a more than 15 years working with mills.
From a production standpoint, you get:
Losing an experienced kiln operator leads to iffy moisture distributions, more problems at the planer mill, and a drop in productivity, quality, and profitability. PMP WeDry (also part of the PMP TeamMate suite) helps get:
PMP WeDry federates moisture content readings made at the planer mill optimizer and correlates them with kiln batches, drying times, charge composition, etc., which makes analysis much easier for the person(s) in charge.
Losing an experienced planner can be crippling for mills, because they leave with the secret inner workings of their system.
S&OP is a challenge because it’s a juggling act. It must take the entire supply chain into account—supply, demand, and production time with a single focus: delivering the right products on time. Conventionally, S&OP is time consuming, involves a lot of communication between departments, and often does not offer the necessary agility to adjust to rapidly changing conditions.
PMP WeSchedule (also part of the PMP TeamMate suite) helps S&OP in many ways: