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Alfa Laval, a specialist in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has improved production by introducing Wonderware MES 4.0 from Invensys into its production systems.

For several years, Alfa Laval has been using Intouch, an Invensys Wonderware HMI solution, in its production and has also gradually implemented solutions for measuring efficiency and downtime in its factories around the world.

In order to improve the follow-up of production data with the aim of increasing productivity even further, Alfa Laval has now taken the next step and upgraded to the MES 4.0 manufacturing execution system from Invensys Wonderware.

This helps to reduce unplanned downtime by identifying and analysing the causes of the outages and enables, in a standardised way, the comparison of production data in the continuous improvement process supported by the OEE number.

Greger Malmqvist, project manager at Alfa Laval, said: ’Our automatically generated reports, which are regularly posted by the system, are a valuable tool for our continuous improvement efforts.

’To be able to summarise yesterday’s production results at the morning meeting, the day after is invaluable information to quickly analyse and implement appropriate corrective measures,’ he added.

In an effort to increase its competitiveness through more efficient production, Alfa Laval will continue to implement the Wonderware MES solution in its production units around the world in the coming years.

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