A leading supplier of materials and solutions into the basic services sector in southern Africa, PPC has 11 cement factories in South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. PPC’s capacity is around eleven and a half million tonnes of cement products each year. PPC’s Materials business comprises of Pronto Readymix (including Ulula Ash) and 3Q Mahuma Concrete.
PPC required an enterprise-wide manufacturing reporting and information management solution to standardize KPI collection, calculation, and visualization across all sites. The solution needed to implement PPC’s existing KPI standards to provide actionable, trustworthy information per site and per department, allowing responsible departmental managers to make better quality decisions more frequently.
PPC chose the Flow Information Platform to solve their problem since Flow can provide a single version of the truth - that one place to get the information you can trust. PPC, in conjunction with Darner Engineering, set about planning the KPI definition and dashboard standards planned for roll out to PPC Cement SA’s three Mega Sites:
Darner Engineering was then tasked to implement the solution at the above three sites.
The departments at each of these sites have now transitioned from using Excel to using Flow as their day-to-day KPI information and production management tool. This makes it possible for anyone in the organization to see, interpret and trust the information on the dashboards.
CCBA needed a solution to automatically capture and account for downtime, speed losses, and production numbers on all their filling lines. In addition, they required trustworthy information to support confident, timely, and accurate decision-making.
“I cannot express the ease with which Flow can be implemented, configured and used as well as the aggregated, timebased information value it delivers from a multitude of sources.”
The main challenge facing the production team was the lack of timely decision making and protracted delays in picking up production glitches which impacted on-the-go decision making.