IN­FO­CUS - as­penONE MES soft­ware con­verts data into value for op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence

Sharada Prahladrao, ARC.

Chemical Industry Digest - - What’s In? -

Client Pro­file:


Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als, a sub­sidiary of LOTTE Chem­i­cal head­quar­tered in South Korea, built ABS and PS plants in 1989, sig­nal­ing its first ma­jor step into the market. Since then, the com­pany has been ex­pand­ing its busi­ness rapidly in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories in­clud­ing PC, solid sur­face and en­gi­neered stone, help­ing cus­tomers achieve faster growth and huge suc­cess. LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als pro­vides an in­te­grated pack­age of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions tai­lored for cus­tomers, in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est market trends and R&D for sus­tain­able growth. Through its ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions and vast net­work, it is po­si­tion­ing it­self as a global chem­i­cal com­pany.

Chal­lenges and Vi­sion:

In the con­nected world com­pa­nies are “drown­ing in data but starv­ing for in­for­ma­tion.” Man­u­fac­tur­ers are del­uged with all kinds of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a com­plex plethora of spread­sheets, re­ports, and nu­mer­ous dis­parate cus­tom ap­pli­ca­tions and data from many dif­fer­ent sys­tems, sen­sors and equip­ment. Gen­er­ally, com­pa­nies find it chal­leng­ing to man­age and ob­tain valu­able in­for­ma­tion from data gen­er­ated from batch pro­cesses. What is needed are so­lu­tions that in­te­grate in­for­ma­tion, sys­tems and data­bases eas­ily so that ev­ery­one from the shop floor worker to the busi­ness worker has a uni­fied vi­sion of the in­for­ma­tion and users can make in­tel­li­gent de­ci­sions glob­ally or based on a “sin­gle ver­sion of the truth.”

The com­pany’s vi­sion is to pur­sue growth, op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence, and in­crease prof­itabil­ity by adopt­ing lead­ing dig­i­tal so­lu­tions. LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als was look­ing for a tool that would con­vert data into value to drive op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence. Af­ter a strin­gent se­lec­tion process, they chose AspenTech’s as­penONE Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ex­e­cu­tion Sys­tems (MES) soft­ware to trans­form dig­i­tally and build a ro­bust data an­a­lyt­ics plat­form. In mak­ing this pru­dent choice, LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als locks in a vi­sion­ary soft­ware im­ple­men­ta­tion roadmap to op­ti­mize busi­ness pro­cesses and op­er­a­tions.

So­lu­tion im­ple­men­ta­tion:

This soft­ware helped LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als to adapt quickly to chang­ing pro­cesses and prod­ucts, op­ti­miz­ing as­set per­for­mance. Based on the ISA-S95 frame­work, as­penONE MES soft­ware de­liv­ers ef­fi­cient data man­age­ment, op­er­a­tional in­tel­li­gence via rich visu­al­iza­tion and an­a­lyt­ics, and im­proved pro­duc­tion ex­e­cu­tion—en­abling the com­pany to quickly iden­tify and re­solve op­er­a­tional is­sues. This de­ploy­ment also in­cludes the fol­low­ing as­penONE MES soft­ware prod­ucts:

• Aspen In­foPlus.21 process his­to­rian soft­ware: A com­pre­hen­sive real-time in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tem. It forms the core of a man­u­fac­tur­ing in­te­gra­tion plat­form, unit­ing data across process con­trol, man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions, and busi­ness sys­tems. The soft­ware helped LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als un­lock as­set value and bench­mark per­for­mance across five plants.

• as­penONE Process Ex­plorer soft­ware pro­vides real-time in­sights via ad­vanced visu­al­iza­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

• Aspen Pro­duc­tion Record Man­ager soft­ware en­ables eas­ier anal­y­sis and pro­duc­tion re­port­ing for batch and con­tin­u­ous pro­cesses.

Tan­gi­ble Ben­e­fits:

as­penONE MES soft­ware has taken the com­pany to the next stage of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion by im­prov­ing key busi­ness ar­eas across the as­set life­cy­cle. LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als saw im­prove­ment in pro­duc­tion ex­e­cu­tion as the so­lu­tion en­abled au­to­mated work­flow and or­der track­ing—fa­cil­i­tat­ing im­proved con­sis­tency, bet­ter pro­duc­tion track­ing, and re­duced er­rors. It pro­vides LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als real-time in­sights, which is timely, rel­e­vant, and can be shared. This helps the com­pany to:

• Ob­tain an in­stan­ta­neous view

• Quickly and eas­ily con­fig­ure daily work­flows • En­hance in­ter­op­er­abil­ity

• Turn data into knowl­edge

• Im­prove the bot­tom line

Key­words: AspenTech, as­penONE MES Soft­ware, LOTTE Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als, Op­er­a­tional Ex­cel­lence, ARC Ad­vi­sory Group

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