GERDAU WANTED A TOOL TO HELP OPERATORS PERFORM KEY PRODUCTION-RELATED TASKS MORE EFFICIENTLY.
Gerdau’s bottom line was being challenged by global competition and the downward pressure on commodity prices. The company turned to Accenture for a low-cost solution to this problem that would allow its operators to perform a variety of tasks with a faster delivery time—all while reusing the current landscape.
We suggested a mobile app with a strong user experience for performing key plant activities. By modernizing operations, Gerdau could find itself at the forefront of the steel industry’s digital revolution.
WE COLLABORATED WITH GERDAU TO DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL MOBILE APP.
As part of an overall agile program for a specific plant, the project began by brainstorming about potential solutions, followed by the delivery of a proof-of-concept—using the minimum viable product (MVP) approach. Once an app-based solution was chosen, a second phase was delivered, featuring even more functionality.
The app was developed on Microsoft’s Xamarin FW platform, which can connect to Gerdau’s existing manufacturing execution system (MES) solution. As the platform is a hybrid framework for native app development, we were able to develop a single code for deployment to multiple platforms and devices—including iOS, Android and Windows phones.
GERDAU’S NEW APP IS IMPROVING PRODUCTION INFORMATION BY INCREASING THE ACCURACY OF MANUFACTURING DATA.
Gerdau and Accenture deployed the mobile solution in just six weeks. Benefits include:
Operators can now easily mark the start/stop time of each production operation and managers have new access to inputs that can provide them with valuable analyses.
In the transition from paper-based to electronic scheduling, operators are now saving a significant amount of time registering items in the system.
The new online platform has reduced the rate of errors, with operators now able to avoid mistakes frequently associated with a paper-dependent system.
The new mobile platform provides supervisors and managers with notifications (even when off work) and is helping employees stay attuned to the immediate needs of the production environment.