The CustomerAs one of the world's leading manufacturers of quality knives and accessories for professional users, Johannes Giesser Messerfabrik GmbH manufactures more than 8,000 professional knives every day at its headquarters in Winnenden, Baden-Wuerttemberg. Around 2,500 forged or stamped knives for the catering and food processing industry are part of the product range of this traditional company. Giesser has been producing knives and cutlery artisanly since 1776.
“By using Peakboard we have become faster and more precise in our processes. The newly gained transparency also reveals further potential for process optimization, which we will gradually exploit.”
Björn Mutschler, Head of Injection Moulding Department, Johannes Giesser Messerfabrik GmbH
Challenge“Every week we receive around 20 production orders. These result in requirements for sub-articles, which are then manufactured at various stations. The core is the blade production, which takes place in eight different work steps. Up to now, we have used printed plug-in cards to map the order management, which the employees of the various groups had to get according to the work process,” explains Björn Mutschler, Head of Injection Moulding at Johannes Giesser Messerfabrik GmbH. “However, this paper-supported method has its pitfalls: paper printouts are not only expensive, but above all they contain rigid information that only corresponds to the facts at the time of printing. Whenever an order is given a higher priority at short notice or the required quantity has changed, it was necessary to ensure that the circulating slips of paper were captured, reprinted and replaced as quickly as possible. Errors in delivery dates or production quantities are pre-programmed. We wanted to change this with the digital visualization of the orders.”
The SolutionGiesser has opted for Peakboard. The installation-free all-in-one solution offers all the necessary hardware and software components for aggregating data from various source systems and visualizing them in real time – packaged in a smartphone-sized aluminum box. The management was initially skeptical. “At first you only see a computer in miniature format and wonder why you should spend money on it, when there are small single board computers on every corner for less than a hundred euros,” recalls Mutschler. “As soon as the small computer was able to show what it was capable of during the free trial of Peakboard, the Okay came immediately.”
Solution at a Glance
Visualization of production data from CimMETAL (ERP software for the metal processing industry) on monitors in the production hall and in offices
Connection of the ERP system CimMETAL via dedicated interface to Peakboard, provision of five different Peakboards on four monitors in the production hall as well as one monitor in the master office.
- More transparent order management
- Visibility of orders and production progress for all employees in offices and the production hall
- Real-time data access at any time to show the actual state of the system
- No quantity and schedule deviations due to direct visualization of schedule and/or quantity changes
- Greater motivation of employees through transparency about their own work performance