Case Study - IPG
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. is a packaging products and systems company based in Montreal, Canada, and Sarasota, Florida, that supplies retailers and manufacturers. The product range includes a variety of paper and film-based pressure-sensitive and water-activated tapes, stretch and shrink films, protective packaging, woven and non-woven products, and packaging machinery.
IPG has been using the DELMIA Apriso since Oct 2014 as their Manufacturing Execution System, and the solution is deployed in 5 production facilities. The MES scope includes key functionality like validating the availability of production resources, production order sequencing, production tracking, OEE tracking, scrap reporting, and inventory management.
For this project, Andea performed a system upgrade of the Apriso v9.6 MES platform to DELMIA Apriso 2020, including all development and configuration modifications required to synchronize existing functionalities with the upgraded platform. The upgrade was executed in stages, following Andea’s proven and tested strategy for MES system upgrades.
It’s never just a simple upgrade
You may be wondering why we went into such an effort to plan a “simple” system upgrade. DELMIA Apriso deployments are considered mission-critical systems that touch many different processes and have many integration points. Upgrading such systems is not a trivial task and if not planned accordingly, can lead to serious production disruptions. However, if planned well, Apriso MES upgrades can be performed in as little as 5-6 weeks with minimal impact on the production. The IPG’s upgrade project was a little more complex than most Apriso upgrades as we were upgrading their solution a full seven major releases which included some significant architectural changes. However, despite this added complexity with thorough planning and seamless execution, we delivered an upgraded solution in ten weeks (fifteen with the assessment) with minimal impact on production operations.