VM Motori S.p.A.

Insights from production line data used to maximize efficiency and shorten delivery cycle by 67 percent

Published on 12-Nov-2013

"We’ve gained an unprecedented depth of insight into what’s happening on our production lines, and we’re using it to optimize nearly every aspect of our manufacturing activities." - Antonio Roncaglia, CIO

Customer:
VM Motori S.p.A.

Industry:
Automotive

Deployment country:
Italy

Solution:
BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, Business Performance Transformation, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Modernization, BA - Performance Management, Smarter Planet

IBM Business Partner:
Var Group S.p.A.

Overview

Based in Cento, Italy, VM Motori S.p.A. manufactures diesel engines for such automobile manufacturers as Chrysler and Fiat. Initially targeting the industrial, agricultural and marine industries, VM Motori made a name for itself in the automotive sector with the development of state-of- the-art turbocharged diesel engines in the mid-1970s. The company employs more than 1,000 people.

Business need:
VM Motori ’s production planners needed granular insights into the state of the entire production line so that they could optimize each stage of the process flow.

Solution:
VM Motori implemented a business intelligence and performance management solution that captures data from multiple points along the production line and uses simulation modeling to come up with the right mix of decisions.

Benefits:
VM Motori reduced the overall time required to produce an engine by 67 percent, due largely to insights on the positioning and spacing of the components with respect to the workers as well as the distance between each production station.

Case Study

Based in Cento, Italy, VM Motori S.p.A. manufactures diesel engines for such automobile manufacturers as Chrysler and Fiat. Initially targeting the industrial, agricultural and marine industries, VM Motori made a name for itself in the automotive sector with the development of state-of- the-art turbocharged diesel engines in the mid-1970s. The company employs more than 1,000 people.

The Opportunity
To meet a key automotive customer’s demand that it synchronize its engine production with a new manufacturing approach, VM Motori ’s production planners needed granular insights into the state of the entire production line so that they could optimize each stage of the process flow.

What Makes It Smarter
VM Motori implemented a business intelligence and performance management solution that captures data from multiple points along the production line and uses simulation modeling to come up with the right mix of decisions — involving production scheduling, machine operation and preventive maintenance — to achieve maximum efficiency and
cost-effectiveness.

Real Business Results
Based on the analytical feedback of the solution’s models, VM Motori reduced the overall time required to produce an engine by 67 percent, due largely to insights on the positioning and spacing of the components with respect to the workers as well as the distance between each production station. Recommended changes to engine designs, such as repositioning components, led to a 5 percent increase in overall process efficiency and a matching reduction in costs. The company has also used the model to reduce equipment downtime by following more systematic and preventive equipment maintenance practices.

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To learn more about VM Motori S.p.A., visit www.vmmotori.it.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Cognos TM1, Cognos Business Intelligence

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