GKN Driveline

Maneuvering towards more preventive maintenance with an IBM Maximo solution from Framsteg

Published on 23-Jan-2014

"IBM Maximo not only provides a robust platform for core capabilities such as work-order management and spare-parts management – it also has a wide range of other features that could help us extend our solution in the future." - Karl-Erik Johansson, Maintenance Engineer, GKN Driveline

Customer:
GKN Driveline

Industry:
Industrial Products, Construction / Architecture / Engineering

Deployment country:
Sweden

Solution:
Enterprise Asset Management, Predictive Maintenance and Quality, Product Lifecycle Management, Asset Management, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, Mobile, Web Services

IBM Business Partner:
Framsteg

Overview

Part of the GKN global engineering group, GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of components.

Business need:
To deliver the components that help its clients build high-quality automobiles, GKN Driveline needs to keep more than 15,000 assets – including production-line machines and facilities – operational 24/7.

Solution:
GKN worked with Framsteg to upgrade to IBM® Maximo® Asset Management 7.5, enhancing work-order management, implementing integration with ERP systems, and laying a foundation for resource optimization and the mobile workforce.

Benefits:
Shifting the emphasis from reactive to preventive maintenance helps to avoid downtime. Increased visibility of past work orders boosts accuracy of fault diagnostics. Web access allows users to log in from any PC or mobile device.

Case Study

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Part of the GKN global engineering group, GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of components.

A vital link in the automotive supply chain
As a vital player in the extended automotive supply chain, GKN Driveline needs to be able to deliver the right components to the right clients within very tight deadlines. If its production lines are not able to keep up with demand, the impact on its clients’ just-in-time manufacturing processes could be serious – leading to delays in delivering finished vehicles to consumers.

To reduce the risk of this kind of scenario, GKN Driveline makes the efficiency and reliability of its production lines a top priority. Regular, well-planned maintenance is vital to keep production facilities and machinery operational 24/7 – which means that the company needs a powerful enterprise asset management platform.

Re-engineering asset management strategies
GKN Driveline has been using IBM Maximo Asset Management as its core maintenance platform for many years, and has always been satisfied with its capabilities. However, as the company embarked on a wide-ranging IT transformation journey (involving hardware refreshes, the deployment of a new integration landscape, and a migration to a new ERP platform), it realized that its asset management strategy would need to be re-designed to integrate successfully with all the new systems.

Karl-Erik Johansson, Maintenance Engineer at GKN Driveline, comments: “We considered asset management products from other vendors, but IBM Maximo was still the right solution for our requirements. Not only does it provide a robust platform for core capabilities such as work-order management and spare-parts management – it also has a wide range of other features that could help us extend our solution in the future.”

Finding the right partner
GKN Driveline decided to work with Framsteg, an IBM Premier Business Partner, to perform the upgrade to the latest version of IBM Maximo Asset Management and integrate it with the company’s new ERP solution.

“Framsteg had a good knowledge of the software and of asset management in general,” says Susanne Lindquist, IT project leader. “We appreciated the fact that we could work with a stable team of consultants and build a relationship with them – which is often not the case with larger consultancy firms, where the personnel change all the time.”

Karl-Erik Johansson adds: “Over the course of the project, the goalposts moved several times as a result of changes to other parts of the IT landscape. Building a strong partnership with the Framsteg team was critical, because they helped us be more responsive and flexible when these changes occurred.”

Ease of use and better visibility
The IBM solution’s new web interface allows users to access Maximo from any networked PC with an internet browser – eliminating the need for IT staff to deploy and maintain client software on 100 users’ workstations.

More importantly, the new version of Maximo makes life easier for users by increasing visibility. For example, its search function makes it simple to review all previous work orders for a particular asset, helping to analyze common causes of failure and make smarter decisions about preventive maintenance scheduling. In the long term, this should help to keep the company’s assets in better condition and limit the risk of downtime.

Karl-Erik Johansson concludes: “We can easily see which of our assets are most and least reliable, and what the most common faults are. This helps us diagnose problems when they occur, and even put plans in place to prevent them happening in the first place. In the long term, as our Maximo environment matures, we hope to be able to move towards a more and more predictive and preventive maintenance strategy.”

About Framsteg
Framsteg is an expert in enterprise asset management, maintenance, operations and business intelligence solutions. As an IBM Premier Business Partner, the company has implemented IBM Maximo solutions for hundreds of clients in the Nordic countries. Framsteg has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Helsingborg, and is also represented in Denmark. Its annual customer survey shows that 100 percent of its clients would recommend Framsteg to other organizations.

To learn more about products, services and solutions from Framsteg, please visit framsteg.com

For more information
To learn more about IBM Enterprise Asset Management solutions, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: ibm.com/software/tivoli/solutions/asset-management

Products and services used

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

Software:
Maximo Asset Management

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