Spidex Software is pleased to announce that Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems has selected Mainsaver CMMS to support best-practice management of maintenance at its manufacturing site in Broadstairs, UK.
Fujifilm SIS develops and manufactures inkjet systems for a wide variety of processes. Over the last decade, the company has extended its product offerings from the heritage analogue range upon which its reputation was founded, to pioneering precision UV curing digital inks.
The company’s state-of-the-art facility at Broadstairs has won “Process Plant of the Year” at the Best Factory Awards on four occasions and is viewed as an exemplar of world-class manufacturing performance.
Until recently, Fujifilm was using legacy maintenance management software (CMMS) that had been in place for some years. The CMMS was, ironically, generating significant quantities of paperwork because it required each work order to be printed out. CMMS project lead Adam Murrell recalls: “At the end of each day there was often a bustle of engineers around the PCs, each of them trying to enter work order data into the CMMS that they’d already logged on paper.”
As a Continuous Improvement specialist, Murrell could see the flaws in the workflow. And he wasn’t the only one. “There was certainly a feeling among the engineers that time spent double-entering information from worksheet to computer could be more productively spent on the tools.”
Having decided to evaluate other CMMS options, Adam Murrell requested an online demonstration of Spidex’s Mainsaver solution. Impressed with what he saw, he next arranged a more detailed functionality run-through on site.
“From an efficiency perspective, we liked the options Mainsaver gave us for mobile paperless working, the way users can locate an asset by clicking on a schematic layout of the site and the live real-time performance dashboards.”
“Spidex also offered a highly structured and detailed implementation plan, which accurately reflected our own view of the project’s importance.”
Another important factor – as throughout modern manufacturing industry – is the increasing number of audits the company is required to undergo.
Adam Murrell: “We are continually assessed by external bodies for compliance within a range of regulatory frameworks including health & safety, environmental and ISO standards. Each of these audits demands a very high standard of record-keeping for traceability, and those records must be available for examination for years afterwards.”
“Compliance is a hugely important aspect of 21st century manufacturing. It’s no exaggeration to say that our CMMS requirement was as much about audit performance as process improvement and we are looking to Mainsaver to underpin activity in both areas.”
Spidex Managing Director Jonathan Starling commented: “Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems is a genuine best-in-class manufacturer that continually strives for perfection. It is a privilege to be working with such an exciting, forward-thinking organisation.”