Tetro case study
With Matics Tetro gains a real-time window into its production environment, achieving immediate and tangible improvements in efficiency, reduction in energy consumption, and optimization of raw material usage. Together, these facilitate Tetro’s goal of attaining a perfect work culture.
Ping Chen – Information System Manager, Tetro
TETRO Ltd., a subsidiary of the Starry Group, is an OEM manufacturer of finish products that made our of plastic, textile and metal components. located in China, Tetro’s state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies serve leading industry partners worldwide.
A fast-growing company, Tetro prides itself on its ability to develop and adapt innovative manufacturing methodologies, implement advanced manufacturing technologies and meet sustainability standards. Tetro’s management, in a bid to exceed market demands and consistently produce high-quality products at competitive pricing, realized it needed an accurate real-time window into its factory floors.
Data visibility became crucial in order to make information-based decisions. Tracking and monitoring the factory’s factory’s manufacturing operations, optimize material usage and energy consumption. The data is made transparent to Tetro’s customers who can monitor how Tetro utilizes their investments in Tools.
Tetro management wished to have better control over its manufacturing process in order to streamline the production process and identify production patterns that could help anticipate machine failures, notify management about potential production pitfalls and reduce risk of not meeting production delivery quality, cost, and timing targets.
An important cost element in the process of plastic injection and extrusion is energy consumption. Highly granular monitoring and comparing of energy consumption per each product’s manufacturing- cycle per machine will enable Tetro’s management to improve OEE and meet its sustainability targets.
The system planning modules help treduce MOQ for Tetro customers which enable them to spend more on marketing and less in inventory. Tetro’s management set to create an information based decision making culture, improve corporate transparency and quality assurance by automatically generating real-time reports that displayed data at each stage of the production process and provide customized per- production milestone alerts and call – to – actions.
Why Matics system?
The plastics industry faces increasing competition, fluctuations in material costs and growing sustainability awareness issues. Matics brings years of experience in the plastic manufacturing sector with a proven track record in streamlining plastic manufacturing processes, reducing time to market and generating significant cost savings. Matics developed specific MES modules, tailored to plastic industry processes including injection molding, extrusion dozing management and assembly.
Matics offered Tetro solutions for machine and production monitoring and tracking across the entire manufacturing process.
Matics’ real-time OEE reports and machine fault prediction alerts were particularly important to Tetro.
Tetro’s interest in Matics was initially triggered by Matics’s open, flexible and modular design making it possible for Tetro to easily configure, customize and expand the system for their own specific needs and embed their own modules and knowhow. Tetro soon recognized that by implementing the Matics system in their factories, they could run and manage a fully integrated plant with multi systems that work seamlessly together.
Tetro could then generate real-time reports on daily or per shift basis that displayed a top-down snapshot of the entire manufacturing process including machine’s status and material inventory and usage, which was crucial for its daily production meetings and ongoing production assessments.
To achieve immediate results Tetro searched for an MES system that could be rapidly deployed, configured and connected to all machines.
The Matics unique Plug-and-Play design met Tetro’s requirement for setting up an MES system within days, acquire and present data immediately, and achieve tangible ROI within weeks of operations.
In addition, Matics team was recognized by Tetro for its high-quality and responsive support and outstanding record with previous customers in the plastics manufacturing industry.
Ping Chen – Information System Manager, Tetro
Matics Solution for Tetro
- Plug-and-Play modules
- Open and flexible
- Full visibility
- Preventative maintenance Unplanned Downtime
- Real-time monitoring of resources consumption helps to save costs
- Online material management & control
- Corporate sustainability policies reinforced by energy reduction and material savings
The implementation of Matics became instrumental to Tetro’s operational success and long term vision of a fully visible, connected and knowledge -based factory.
Using its Plug-and-Play modules, the Matics solution was deployed across the production floor and was up-and-running within days. Following one week, Tetro was able to view production data from the factory floor and produce real time ops reports.
Open and flexible
Being open and flexible, Matics was configured to integrate with Tetro’s internal business intelligence and validation systems to meet its specific traceability and analysis requirements.
Full visibility of production floor operations and material management enabled the team to monitor and track the entire plant’s day-to-day operations and resource usage in real time.
Following the integration process, Tetro’s management was given a real-time window into the plant’s production floor.
24 hour summary reports helped management and production teams review and discuss plant activity during Tetro’s daily morning meetings. Data collection made it possible for Tetro to analyze OEE information, detect patterns and trends and discover where they could make adjustments and improvements. Data was documented and compared, performance was tracked and increased and waste was reduced.
Preventative maintenance unplanned downtime
The adjustments introduced to preventative care process helped Tetro run smarter maintenance schedules, improve manufacturing speed, reduce unplanned downtime and prevent operator’s error. Data collected via Matics provided real time monitoring of each machine.
availability, job progress status and causes of potential process pitfalls, An operations history log enabled the Tetro team to analyze potential production pitfalls and fix them before a breakdown occurred and achieve better and more cost effective production.
Real-time monitoring of resources consumption helps to save costs
Tetro, through the usage of Matics, was able to map and analyze power consumption data in real time . By monitoring and tracing energy consumption per product manufacturing cycle patterns per machine, Tetro was able to identify which machine at what station was sub optimal assess what could be done to reduce its energy wastage.
Online material management & control
Since material usage strongly impacts operating margins in plastic plants, it was essential to monitor material usage at all stages of the process and with Matics’s automatic dozing control ensure precise and repeatable material usage. The information obtained from the Matics real-time reports at all stages of the material production process enabling Tetro to gain new insights on its production process and better control costs.
Corporate sustainability policies reinforced by energy reduction and material savings
A clear advantage of implementing Matics throughout the manufacturing process was the minimizing plant footprint on the environment. Sustainability targets are being met by addressing energy wastage, by introducing material savings and by turning Tetro’s manufacturing into a paperless process.