Leading Swedish aluminium company Gränges decides for PSI

PSI<em>metals</em> as an integrative production management solution at Gränges. Source: Gränges AB

PSImetals as an integrative production management solution at Gränges. Source: Gränges AB

PSImetals as integrative MES solution for all production processes

Berlin, 3 February 2017 – PSI received an order from Gränges AB in Sweden to implement  PSImetals as a production management solution to harmonise their production processes worldwide. Gränges, a global leading aluminium company focused on rolled products for the heat exchanger industry, aims to establish globally integrated production processes based on one common platform.

Today Gränges operates different MES systems in their sites in Sweden, China and in the U.S. which are developed and maintained in-house. To standardise business processes and to reduce administration and maintenance efforts Gränges implements PSImetals as integrative production management solution from Planning to Execution.

First part of the solution will be installed at the finishing area at the Finspång site in Sweden but finally PSImetals will cover all processes of aluminium production: melting and casting, cladding, hot and cold rolling as well as annealing and slitting. The integrated solution comprises the modules Order Dressing, Order and Line Scheduling, Order Combination, as well as Production and Quality Execution. To guarantee seamless integration of all business relevant IT systems, PSImetals will be fully integrated in the ERP system and the automation systems on shop floor. The overall solution for Finspång is expected to be implemented by the end of 2018.

“In addition to the benefits of having one solution for all sites we also expect improvements by the new online planning solution through an ongoing consideration of the current production situation. Furthermore we want to optimise our order preparation process and PSI convinced us that their solution will help to tap our potentials”, stated Gränges MES project manager Kim Vilhelmsson.

Gränges offers a complete range of clad and unclad rolled aluminium products in various widths, gauges and tempers which are used for brazed heat exchangers. Every second car produced in the world today contains material manufactured by Gränges. Today Gränges is operating as a global group with approximately 1500 employees and sales of more than SEK 10 billion. 

On the basis of its own software products, PSI AG develops and integrates complete solutions for energy management (energy networks, energy trading), production management (mining, metals, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics) and infrastructure management for transport and safety. PSI was founded in 1969 and employs 1,650 persons worldwide.