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Printing Giant Innovates Processes with SAP

Agfa Graphics wanted to gain greater insight into performance and costs, and to improve planning through far-reaching integration with shop-floor legacy systems. Agfa Graphics needed to build and integrate a system that routes finished products to clients worldwide on a just-in-time basis, taking into account urgent and rush orders.

  • DXC Technology
    DXC Technology is the world's leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, serving nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients from a diverse array of industries across 70 countries. The company's technology independence and extensive partner network help clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change and guide their Digital Transformation journeys.The company was formed on April 1, 2017, by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. It has established more than 250 industry-leading global Partner Network relationships, including 15 strategic partners: Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Dell EMC, HCL, Hitachi, HP, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Oracle, PwC, SAP and ServiceNow.
  • Chemicals
  • Quality Assurance
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
  • Agfa Graphics is a world leader in prepress solutions for the printing and publishing industries, producing 40% of all printed materials in the world.

  • A new SAP production planning solution was implemented that integrates with the company’s global SAP template and legacy systems. The new solution was implemented primarily within the SAP R/3 environment, communicating with SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO) for supply chain management. CSC was acting as a key advisor to the project.

  • Logistics Cost, Material Tracking, Operation Performance, Parts and material pricing, Supply Chain Optimization
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    A better overview of materials usage and cycle time on the shop floor is enabled which allowed managers to align budgeted costs with actual costs more closely.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened by increasing the flexibility of employees and corresponding.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Asset Utilization]
    Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of pallet of printing plates improves asset and resource efficiency.
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