Solna, Sweden 12 September 2012 -- Billerud, Swedish manufacturer of strong primary fibre-based packaging material, recently acquired two paper machines in Finland from UPM. Tieto helps Billerud to dismount the production systems from UPM and later integrate them into Billerud with Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS. It will also modify the parts that will be shared between the two companies.
After the approval of EU authorities at the beginning of June, Billerud now needs to take up the running of the paper machines quickly in just four months. In addition, the mills need to function totally in the Billerud business set up.
Billerud already uses TIPS for their production planning and the integration will simplify the business processes with a tight integration to Billerud's sales system. The new TIPS installation will also improve the transparency and traceability of the business and give better utilization of the warehouses in the planning process.
"We wanted to run this critical project with the minimum risk. We need to integrate the former UPM paper machines into our own business fast and there is no time for errors. Therefore we needed a partner who understands the business of both companies. We also need a manufacturing execution system with extensive functionality, and Tieto and TIPS can well live up to the challenge," tells Marcus Brånfelt, CIO, Billerud.
"The speed of the implementation makes this a challenging project but using the standard pulp, paper and board industry product, we are able to succeed in this. The people working at the mills will be able to continue working with familiar tools," explains Mats Lidström from Tieto.
Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS provides a proven real-time operations management solution by seamlessly linking planning, business operations, and production processes of a forest company. It combines the functionality and the best practices of four previous advanced Sales and MES systems and over 30 years experience and offers management of the whole order-to-cash value chain.