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Long-term partnership for process optimization

Ascend Performance Materials manufactures high-performance materials for everyday essentials and new technologies.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with regional offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Detroit, they are a fully integrated materials solutions provider with global manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Its global workforce manufactures the materials used to make safer vehicles, cleaner energy, better medical devices, smarter appliances, and more durable clothing and consumer goods.

Ascend provides proprietary technologies critical to the production of nylon, plastics and synthetic fibers found in commercial and industrial products, including carpets, tires and apparel, as well as agricultural products, animal feed and personal care products.

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Goals

  • Failure to track data to ensure production efficiency and product quality.
  • Lack of consistency of the process in all plants.
  • Lack of a single version of the truth with information for operational performance measures available across disparate systems.
  • Lack of accountability between shifts and between business functions; need to empower the workforce.


Solutions

  • AVEVA Mobile Operator
  • AVEVA Work tasks
  • AVEVA BI Gateway


Results

  • The company achieved savings of $500,000 in utility and material costs.
  • Savings of more than $1 million in maintenance costs were achieved
  • Possible plant shutdowns were avoided, which is equivalent to a saving of 2 million dollars.
  • In the first 2 years, AVEVA Mobile Operator helped achieve $3.5 million in efficiency and maintenance savings.


“We found that AVEVA's overall solution best suited our wearable scanner requirements. IntelaTrac brings our field operators into the automation loop, giving them a powerful tool to successfully complete their work.”

Melissa Scheppele, CIO and VP of IT, ASCEND



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