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Schneider Electric Advances Ampla Operations Management with Inventory Visibility and Management

  • Manufacturing Execution System for Mining, Minerals and Metals industries extends end-to-end inventory visibility to improve quality estimates, planning, asset performance and order fulfillment

LAS VEGAS, NV – Sept. 27, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced new inventory visibility and management capabilities of StruxureWare Plant Operation Ampla Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solution for the Mining, Minerals, and Metals (MMM) industries. Ampla end users can take advantage of real-time inventory visibility to reduce losses, improve recovery and maximize operational excellence.

Maintaining operational visibility to capture accurate inventory levels of materials, from ore to finished product, is perhaps the most important operation to manage for any MMM company. Traditional inventory management strategies based on spreadsheets and manual processes often produce inaccurate data with significant time lags in reporting. In today’s increasingly “on-demand” 24/7 environment, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), mine planners, mine managers, plant managers and maintenance managers need a better solution with automated data collection, real-time visibility and intelligence to perform continuous improvement.

Ampla Inventory addresses these issues by capturing, aggregating, and transforming inventory data into actionable insights for productivity analysis, data mining, querying, and reporting. It is the only end-to-end production and inventory accounting solution that can also integrate disparate systems to provide a holistic view of all business performance, including productivity, OEE, equipment uptime and energy usage, in addition to inventory management. Refer TechValidate survey of Ampla End Users.

Mining, Minerals and Metals companies electing to automate production and inventory management with Ampla can improve decision making with actionable intelligence, helping to reduce material losses, improve materials recoveries, perform ad-hoc analysis and process diagnosis and optimize planning and performance improvement. According to TechValidate, 69 percent of Ampla users surveyed validated these improvement (source).

Ampla’s enhanced inventory visibility and management will be Generally Available on Sept. 30, 2016.

Select performance improvements include:

  • Improves visibility to inventory based on production, consumption or closing balances
  • Assigns quality data and “brings it forward” for better accuracy of inventory tracking
  • Provides immediate quality estimates to improve planning and order fulfillment
  • Updates quality data as new intelligence such as survey results or lab samples become available
  • Uses survey results to automatically adjust inventory balances per Lot, Lot Group or Work Center
  • Easily highlights any deviations from plan and initiates root-cause analysis of these variations
  • Delivers process visibility to allow easy comparison of planned versus actual performance

“Today’s mining companies need better, automated solutions to efficiently track inventory. As CIOs move to consolidate IT and OT systems, Ampla offers unique capabilities to improve both planning and execution of operations processes while helping to improve asset performance utilization,” said Matthew Graham, Product Manager – Ampla, at Schneider Electric.

Learn more about Ampla Inventory or contact your local Ampla representative.

Download this announcement in PDF format.

About Schneider Electric 

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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