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Schneider's Ampla MOM software improves data visibility for Australian mining company

Schneider's Ampla MOM software improves data visibility for Australian mining company

December 9, 2016 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that MMG, an Australian Metals, Mining and Minerals (MMM) company, has selected Schneider Electric’s Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solution. Schneider Electric provided a solution that has provided improved global visibility and understanding of their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). As a result of this implementation, MMG Ltd. has optimized asset utilization across five mines, ultimately leading to a 10 to 20 percent improved global capacity.

Similar to other MMM companies, MMG Ltd. was challenged to generate greater value and improve operational efficiency in order to best compete in today’s economic environment. The company sought to implement change management strategies to transform how the company operates in order to increase productivity and profitability. The company chose Schneider Electric’s Ampla MOM solution – coupled with business consultation services – to improve asset utilization with a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf solution implemented in a cost-effective manner to deliver its target business efficiencies.

“We needed a long-term solution that would standardize our asset utilization across our five mines. It had to provide us with a global understanding of OEE so that we could improve our business processes and ultimately improve our mine throughput,” said Mark Dwyer, business technology manager at MMG Ltd. “The solution needed to be flexible enough to adapt to the local operating conditions of each mine, while also providing us with standardized asset utilization data that we could analyze in real-time.”

Schneider Electric’s Ampla software solution now delivers real-time visibility into global production – converting legacy OEE data from a lagging indicator into a leading predictor of how asset investments are managed and optimized. Ampla is integrated with other IT and OT systems to enable single sign-on, as well as to provide root-cause analysis of utilization events.

Ampla’s ability to connect multiple plant and business systems was another key consideration, as it enables MMG to capture more relevant data that is easily “digestible” while delivered in real-time, so offers more valuable intelligence for analysis.

“We had to have the capability to drill-down to the root-cause of any equipment asset that was exhibiting less than perfect utilization. The new system and processes had to drive continuous improvement through the business, be readily accepted by users everywhere, and this had to be achieved in a single sign-on environment compatible with our existing systems,” continued Dwyer.

For MMG Ltd. change management was an important part of the asset utilization program. Schneider Electric began the project with a business consulting exercise via a discovery services study that delivered a thorough understanding of the business requirements. Additional services provided by Schneider Electric to MMG Ltd. included business consulting, solution design, implementation services, licensing and support, documentation and user training.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. 

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