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When to need? Why?
Nowadays, capacity expansion surpasses the demand growth, with increasingly fierce market competition, steel industry has gradually entered the times of so-called "Meager Profit" , flourishing market lasted for the past few years will never return. Steel enterprises are facing tremendous pressures from product sales and production cost:
- Customer demands
Increased market supply available provides customers with more choices, together with greatly enhanced say. Steel works must face up to various demands from customers, and satisfy their needs about product quality, delivery time and price guarantee and other conditions to win adequate orders. Order receiving production for customers characterized by "Small-Lot, Diverse Varieties" has been inevitable measures for steel works to consolidate customers and bring capacity into fully play.
- Production cost
Market competition has shrunk the selling prices of steel products, nevertheless, the costs of minerals and other raw materials are rocketing year by year; hence, the profits of steel works must be accomplished by decreased cost themselves. Besides basic means including procurement strategies, production equipment reconstruction and technology improvement, whether the production & marketing (as core of steel works) can be optimized in management is the most important factor to affect the cost, because it is related to capacity, product quality, yield efficiency, production & marketing and other important management indicators; therefore, it is the crucial condition to judge the cost competitiveness of steel works!
For the purpose of satisfaction of customer demands and decrease of production cost, the execution of information-based production & marketing integration management is an indispensable means.
i-SEED Characteristics and Benefits
i-SEED includes universal production & marketing management functions applicable to all steel works, including three fields of marketing, quality and production, with the following characteristics:
- Based on production & marketing management experience orientating to market and customer operations of Taiwan China Steel Corporation for over 30 years, development of system functions with elasticity, extensive functions and compliance with operations of steel works, in combination with domestic and foreign operating environmental characteristics of steel works.
- To provide management application environment of integrated marketing-quality-production at the company level of steel works, integrate all marketing and production operations of the whole corporation, establish a centralized and consistent production & marketing management system and remove management island to realize the overall maximum profits of steel works.
- Based upon advanced management system of integrated production, marketing and quality, the product includes professional operation mode of order-based production in various steel works, including order processing, combination, material design, accessories, residual material, steel-making continuous casting design and the like, in order to enhance the operational ability of diverse varieties, small lot in steel works.
- System-provided operation process and human-machine interface (operating screen) and all functions are completely designed based on characteristics of steel industry, succinct, easy to understand and use as well as fast to operate!
Functions of i-SEED software products cover main line operations on production & marketing of steel works, with complete information application function from marketing, quality to production and delivery available; on the basis of existing ERP, MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and PCS (Process Control System) from customers, an integrated information management environment is configured to assist the customer to improve the management capability of integrated production & marketing, establish market-oriented operational conditions and promote elaborate management, in addition to enhanced market competitiveness and decreased production cost!
What functions are provided by i-SEED to assist the enterprise in management?
- Rigorous order receiving process and change control
- Resource management is available to set capacity depending on plants and product lines, and can be specific to order limits of clients, as the basis of order receiving management and control.
- Price management establishes brand list of prices, order price can be generated by capturing list of prices automatically in accordance with order conditions when in order entry, which relieves the manual load of order price calculation and avoids artificial errors in calculation.
- Order management provides a function to verify whether payment data of the clients are adequate in compliance with different ordering modes (down payment, payment in full, client line of credit, etc.).
- Sales settlement with manual operation unavailable
- In operations of order receiving, delivery plan and shipment write-off, all information necessary for sales settlement is cascaded gradually
- Sales settlement is performed automatically to generate receivable voucher data, invoice for sales and sales revenue accounting bills based on shipment write-off, which substantially simplifies manual work and avoids artificial errors, without increasing labors following the increased delivery quantity
- Sales settlement data shipped in letter of credit (L/C) is automatically transferred into L/C draft opening data
- Statistical function available to sales settlement data which is multi-faceted and can set the filtering condition
- Unified tracking management and control
Following order entry, marketing, production and quality are three relevant operations to be tracked, managed and controlled by order No., such as current situation tracking of quality requirements, production situations, payment status, stock and shipment.
- Tight integration system of quality, production and financial management
In terms of client-ordered sales orders or forecasting orders of planned production, finished product inventories, quantity of products being processed on all production lines, order delivery quantity, order shipments and shipped orders can be tracked, achieving the purposes of real-time response to the client's requirements, dynamic adjustment of supply sequences and effective reduction of stocks
- Effective management and control of client's line of credit
When drawing a delivery vehicle notice, automatic check is made whether the client has enough funds in the company; if not, the notice fails to be drawn.
- Ensure the timeliness and accuracy of inventories and accounts
Shipment real-time, inventory and returned material accounting are handled related to each other, maintaining consistent inventory and accounting.
- Complete integration with accounting system
The system can cooperate the corporate accounting system, and provide relevant financial information to personnel concerned in due time.
- Full compliance with standard specification requirements in steel works of all countries
Metallurgical specification database is to be designed in line with specification contents formulated by all steel specification associations.
- Consistent quality management
Penetrating fields from quality design to quality management, thoroughly combined with relevant operations of integrated production & marketing information system.
- Complete and unitary production specifications
To establish a set of standards concerning integrated and unified order manufacturing process, test, inspection and production control and management, with production orders as the basis of all production activities.
- Material optimization calculation module
Optimum material calculation and ingredient handling improve the productivity and leeway reproductively.
- Production planning and decision-making parameter management
To schedule all workshop rolling weeks in accordance with order delivery requirements and lead time of all workshops, make a planning for rolling scheduling groups based on order product specifications, equipment and machine characteristics of the plant as well as production management targets, so as to lay a foundation for scheduling.
- Real-time production tracking
Real-time feedback of order production tracking to be conducive to precisely mastering order production status.
- Elastic and rapid scheduling mechanism
The system automatically generates the early rolling scheduling form, provides schedulers for final scheduling of fine adjustment of scheduling procedure, which saves labor and time, and improves the scheduling quality.
- Real-time production control and tracking
Online real-time feedback stock management of product surface quality inspection and determination accelerates the production impulse, and improves the production speed and quality.
- Synchronous material flow and information flow
Real-time generation, transmission and acquisition of inventory information ensure the consistency and data accuracy of information flow and material flow.
- Detailed process information acquisition
Detailed chemical and physical record management and basis, as well as completely metallurgical test specification review and approval quality provide quality analysis sources of steel products, tracking of client claiming reasons and improved information for process adjustment.
- Complete and real-time production decision-making information supply
To provide real-time production information anytime for production managers to master the production impulse and make best decisions.
- Application of solid production automation architecture
Production order transmission and actual production performance collection automation save labors, diminish data errors, and mirror the latest production manufacturing, quality inspection, inventories and other information in real time.
i-SEED "Integrated and Strengthened Management Solution of Production & Marketing in Steel Works" is an information-based software product developed based on"Integrated Sales-Quality-Production Management System" by Taiwan China Steel Corporation representing the best operational performance in global steel works over the years. Besides China Steel, such an information-based management system is further popularized in numerous steel works at home and abroad, for example, Baosteel Group Corporation, Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corporation, Benxi Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation and Ningbo Iron & Steel Corporation, Nanjing Iron & Steel United Corporation and other large- or medium-sized iron & steel corporations, and this management system and information-based application have been imported under different forms of projects implemented, with great success achieved.
In the past years of cooperation with steel users, we have gained "100% project success" and maximum satisfaction of clients, and all steel users can obtain authentic management performance from these projects implemented.
The following are several typical cases to witness these successful experiences:
- Integrated management of production & marketing to bring continuous competitiveness to China Steel Corporation
- Information-based successful experience in Nanjing Iron & Steel United Corporation
- Information-based successful experience in Benxi Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation
- New management concepts introduced by Ningbo Iron & Steel Corporation