Case Studies: Shiftconnector® in operation

With Shiftconnector®, the interactive shift book, all information detailing the current operation is available transparently in real time. Important knowledge is permanently preserved and is quickly and securely accessible at all times. A wide range of companies from chemical and pharmaceutical groups, manufacturing and production lines through to automotive suppliers, are benefiting from eschbach software solutions. 

Below is a small selection of comments from our reference portfolio.

Ascensus: Improving Safety with Shiftconnector®

Ascensus
Ascensus

Replacing Office Tools with Shiftconnector®

Ascensus, a specialty chemical manufacturer based in Elma, WA is now using Shiftconnector to coordinate shift handover.

Initial Situation

Prior to implementing Shiftconnector, Ascensus used a combination of Office tools, like Excel and Outlook, to try and manage the myriad processes related to shift handover. When Gene Shields was hired in 2018 as the Chief Information Officer, he was tasked to oversee a big boost in production capacity as well as a focus on reliability and safety. This led him to identify and implement best-of-breed software solutions like Shiftconnector for accomplishing specific goals within his organization.

Click here to learn more and hear directly from Gene about the role that digitization and Industry 4.0 play at chemical manufacturers like Ascensus.

Covestro: Digital shift handovers with Shiftconnector®

Covestro
Covestro

Shift handovers digitized worldwide

Materials manufacturer Covestro converts shift operation to the digital shift log "Shiftconnector" in 90 production plants.

Initial situation:

With Shiftconnector, Covestro is using a new electronic system as part of its digitization initiative to improve shift handovers throughout the company. This means that the advantages of digital change will be directly passed on to the people in the production plants. 

DSM relies on Shiftconnector®

DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living
DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living

About DSM

DSM is an internationally operating Life-Science and Chemical Company with about 22,000 employees around the world with a turnover of approximately €9bn. Part of the production program are additives to animal feed and foodstuffs, pharmaceutical and cosmetic basic products, elastomers, polymers and further high-performance materials.

Takeaway

  • The importance of maintaining production during a pandemic.
  • How DSM has met the challenges of the current crisis.
  • Feedback from production teams on Shiftconnector®.

Speaker:

  • DSM Nutritional Products AG Plant Manager Sisseln (CH), Christian Ebner

Social Distancing for your Plant:

Case Study Roche AG

Takeaway

  • How to reduce shift to shift contamination.
  • Set up virtual handovers.
  • Enable remote teams to work efficiently.
  • Extraordinary actions and contingency plans.

Talking:

  • Roche Pharma Manufacturing Engineer, Mathias Gerchel



Bayer relies on Shiftconnector®: Electronic shiftbook ensures efficient operation

Bayer
Bayer

Shiftconnector® in 3-shift operation

At Bayer CropScience in Muttenz Shiftconnector® of eschbach supports an efficient and safe operation and serves equally as a means of information and communication.

Initial situation:

  • Two production plants with multi-purpose plants
  • Production of a variety of products by means of flexible tags
  • Three-shift operation seven days a week
  • Manufacturing of a product partly across several buildings and multiple plants
  • Mutual exchange of information important
  • Electronic shift book supports communication between the individual shifts
(l-r) IT project manager Michele Troiano, QHSE staff Roman Gysin and factory manager Francisco Rodriguez
(l-r) IT project manager Michele Troiano, QHSE staff Roman Gysin and factory manager Francisco Rodriguez

“For me, as factory manager, Shiftconnector® is ideal“, Francisco Rodriguez says. “All information is recorded centrally and can be accessed at the push of the button thus saving us a lot of time."

(l-r) IT project manager Michele Troiano, QHSE staff Roman Gysin and factory manager Francisco Rodriguez

Chemical specialties manufacturer Budenheim relies on eschbach and Shiftconnector®

People Empowerment and Digitization for better OEE

In the process industry, the optimal use of the assets can have decisive influence on operating results. Process engineers and plant managers often find themselves in a sandwich position. Corporate management requires accurate figures on losses or unused production capacity. At the same time, the continuous improvement of the process with shop floor teams must be driven forward.

Shiftconnector OEE Erfassung
Shiftconnector OEE Erfassung

OEE capture in chemical production: Production workers can provide the missing context for downtime or performance and quality losses. This results in a more differentiated database for correctly analyzing where, when and why losses occur.

Optimization of handover, communication and maintenance: Air Liquide relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo Air Liquide
Logo Air Liquide

About Air Liquide

As a global leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide with its 50,000 employees is present in over 80 countries and supplies more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been in the center of business since the Group was founded in 1902. Air Liquide’s objective is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

At its location in Dortmund, AIR LIQUIDE Germany produces technical gases for the supply of large industrial plants and medium-sized companies.

Requirements

Due to numerous production sites throughout the whole of Germany, there are different control centers which were consolidated. This however led to shortcomings in shift changeovers and while communicating maintenance tasks. 

Special Features

  • Location-independent access to data, also while being on the move 
  • Maintenance orders visible for all responsible members of staff
  • Changed operations visible in an audit-proof documentation 

 implemented features:

Analyses, solution concept, configuration and implementation, training as well as user support and software updates.

Florian Pahnke, Technical Manager
Florian Pahnke, Technical Manager

"I´m always up-to-date. Every morning, even when I’m on the move, I can see events, maintenance orders and changed operations."

Florian Pahnke, Technical Manager

Top level information: Magna relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo swissgrid
Logo swissgrid

eschbach delivered:

  • analysis
  • solution
  • implementation
  • continuous user support
  • software updates
Ralf Grotjah, Product Manager
Ralf Grotjah, Product Manager

"Due to the quality of the information collected, we could reduce our daily morning meetings from five to three days per week."

Ralf Grotjah, Product Manager 

Personnel benefit from the system: Swissgrid relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo swissgrid
Logo swissgrid

eschbach implemented the following features:

  • analysis
  • solution
  • implementation
  • continuous user support
  • software updates
Christian Welti, Project & Study Engineer
Christian Welti, Project & Study Engineer

“Our employees benefit from the system - 
They immediately record what happened and have the events clearly in view”.

Christian Welti, Project & Study Engineer 

Instant overview of the whole shift operation: Stadtwerke Baden-Baden relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo Stadtwerke Baden-Baden
Logo Stadtwerke Baden-Baden

About Stadtwerke Baden-Baden

Stadtwerke Baden-Baden is a municipal utility company with the task to supply electricity, natural gas, water and heating to fixed-rate customers, to trade clients and to the industry. An additional area of responsibility is to run the public swimming pools and to offer services in telecommunication.

eschbach has rendered the following services:

  • analysis
  • solution concept
  • commissioning
  • software updates and user support

“The respresentation of tasks relevant to all shifts has been clearly improved. It now offers a fast overview for all who work in the control center.“

Daniel Müller, IT

Improved coordination between departments: Müller-Technik relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo Müller Technik
Logo Müller Technik

About Müller-Technik

Müller-Technik GmbH is a medium-sized plastic injection molding company with its own tool making department producing for the automotive industry. At its location Steinfeld, the production focus is on insert technology, multicomponent molding, internal gas pressure process as well as tandem technique and from May 2015 onwards cleanroom production (ISO class 8). 

eschbach delivered:

  • analysis
  • solution concept
  • configuration and implementation
  • training and continuous user support
  • software updates
Rainer Kolbeck, Hallenleiter Spritzguss
Rainer Kolbeck, Hallenleiter Spritzguss

“Information are optimized for each workplace and can be faster seen by the shift teams. We could improve the coordination between the departments by using communication tools across departments and shifts.”

Rainer Kolbeck, Hall manager injection molding

Danisco relies on Shiftconnector®

Logo Danisco
Logo Danisco

eschbach delivered:

  • analysis
  • solution
  • implementation
  • continuous user support and software updates

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