Digital Transformation project delivered for an luxury rug brand factory.
Agnella is an luxury rug brand. Behind the unassuming facade of its factory, lies a rich history that stretches back to 1975 - making Agnella one of the most established manufacturers in Europe. Their rugs and carpets can be found in high-end establishments world-wide: from Western Europe, all the way across oceans to Australia and the USA.
GGS was invited to collaborate on a Digital Transformation project. Base on a market analysis in the manufacturing sector we learned that the benefits of such projects include:
The discovery phase for this project was split into two parts:
The first stage of the analysis included a series of meetings with Agnella's staff responsible for the manufacturing process. The company's management played a key role in navigating the course of the project. Overall, the following people were involved in the discovery stage:
This phase included a series of meetings with senior management, after which we presented our findings. It was crucial that we understood production priorities, both from the engineering and IT perspective.
We reached the point at which we needed to consolidate our ideas and decide on how to execute them. Our options were:
The final consultations with Agnella's senior management brought us to the conclusion that time would be a constraint, their expectations were high, our resources were limited. We decided to build a Manufacturing Execution System, with the goal of combining operational data:
We perceived that such information would address the company's cost optimization needs and bring value to the company.
The following conclusions became evident at this stage:
A minimum amount of documentation supports the development of a high quality Digital Transformation project.
Effective planning of our works seemed like an ambitious task made not any easier by the numerous obstacles we were facing:
We were also aware that the nature of Digital Transformation projects, where changing needs are a common occurrence, called for evangelists within the organisation. Support from a line manager was instrumental in the implementation of the solution.
The GGSITC team works flexibly and precisely, delivering the project successfully in spite of all obstacles. The project, tailor-made to fit the specific needs of our spinning mill, more than lived up to my expectations - the app is easy-to-use and the large amounts of data it gathers are something we had previously struggled to process.
Leszek Karpiński, Manager
Even hundreds of gigabytes of data can be processed and decyphered within a limited time.
We consider this the most demanding stage of this digital transformation project. We had to oversee many moving parts simultaneously:
This process is ongoing and based on the lean manufacturing methodology, which helps in optimizing the Total Manufacturing Cost.
We crated the system of checks and balances that ensures the information is accurate. By combining Business Process Automation tools with the willingness to improve the company's bottom line, numerous improvements to the manufacturing process were introduced. The project also proved that Manufacturing Execution System: