Acatec S. L.

January 25, 2013   Case Studies

Industry: Aeronautical Precision and Technology

Company Profile

Acatec S.L. is a European company located in Spain, dedicated to the manufacturing of precision aeronautical components.  They have established themselves as being a leader in aerospace manufacturing.  They are a high demand, least cost provider to notable aerospace companies such as Airbus, EADS Casa, Composites International S.A., and CESA.  Acatec is mandated to improving productivity throughout their operations that they had set about overhauling their entire process, from the purchase of raw materials, to the delivery to their clients.

Challenges

Acatec needed to implement a time saving, resource light system to assist in the forward planning of work, gauging capacities, and delivery times to meet their demanding schedules.  The lack of in-house engineering and technology personnel to drive the initiatives was hindering them greatly.  Even though Acatec had a seasoned and experienced manufacturing group, historically, manufacturing in Europe had left the macro engineering and IT/technology services to outside professional companies.  They needed something that could effectively provide automated data collection and be able to manage it in-house.

Solution

The selection of the Memex MERLIN-OEE software allowed them to see the automated data collection in real-time and make adjustments as necessary.  A pilot project was installed in the Madrid plant on two machines in May 2011.  The results were so compelling that the pilot was deemed a success, and a mere 4 weeks later, Acatec decided to roll out a plant wide installation throughout the entire Madrid facility.  Within the first 3 months of collecting data and making procedural changes to their manufacturing processes, Acatec was able to improve their efficiencies by 11% across the complete plant.  They now have more capacity on a daily basis and are producing parts in record time.

 Benefits

  • Increase in operational equipment efficiency of over 11% in 3 months’ time
  • Real-time visibility of production
  • More capacity on a daily basis
  • Ability to complete a higher volume of work utilizing the same set of resources
  • Revenue is higher, costs are down