Arti offers its industrial customers optimised lacquer systems, which ensure a quick treatment in the production process. New formulas are constantly being developed and tested in the laboratory at Arti’s test centre and at customer facilities to meet individual needs and requests. These products can be delivered to customers in containers ranging from 0.5 litres to an IBC tank carrying 1,000 litres. As such, the batch/container logic must be taken into account throughout the entire value creation process.Each new formula must be tested for its manufacturing suitability, placed in a hazardous substance class and the relevant delivery parameters must be created. In the past Arti used different systems and swapped data via interfaces, which carried out calculations and printed labels. The individual systems did fulfill their purpose within the sectors but they were not completely integrated. As well as this, the maintenance costs for multiple systems were disproportionately high. “For this reason we decided to implement an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, which centrally administrates all receipts and transactions,” says the company’s commercial leader, Sven Geerman.
Replacing the individual systems that manage lacquer fabrication, quality and bill of materials, and monitor hazardous substances was no easy task. In 2008, Arti evaluated several different solutions that could be integrated with its existing IFS system, including SAP and Microsoft Dynamics. The company ended up selecting a new Dynamics NAV-based solution from Yaveon, which stood out from the competition with its sector competence for the batch manufacturing process industry. “We trusted their competence to achieve big success with well thought out ideas and concepts,” says Geerman.
As is to be expected from any implementation phase, Arti experienced a few initial difficulties, but as Geerman explains, the commitment of the Yaveon employees to fix any issues was exemplary. “All advisors made an effort to fix the teething troubles. Now these processes are stable and we are very satisfied with the solution. We have the hoped for transparency and we can occupy ourselves with ensuring increased process efficiency,” he says.
With all laboratory and production work now managed in one system, any adjustments to the product can be carried out without breaking the workflow. Retention samples and test results are administrated automatically and can be called up at any time during batch tracing. Arti, which must store many products to ensure speedy delivery to its customers, is also benefiting from optimised delivery logistics.
“We have been able to reduce many work steps as part of the transition. With the complete integration of the hazardous substances management, the enterprise resource planning is completely automated,” says Geerman.