Optimizing a throughput process

The Assignment

TimkenSteel awarded Visual8 a contract to develop a sequencing optimization tool to improve the flow of steel billets through their conditioning process.

The Solution

The solution integrated with existing plant data systems and optimize the loading sequence of billets into plants’ conditioning areas in order to maximize overall throughput and eliminate delays.

The Results

The benefits of the system included: increased throughput, improved line balance, higher due date conformance and reduced manual planning effort. Detailed variance and KPI reporting provided useful insight into the process and help to close gaps between expected and actual performance.

For more than 10 years, Visual8 has been assisting Timken though the development and implementation of sophisticated planning systems designed to maximize production throughput, increase efficiency and improve order due date conformance. These include a variety of product sequencers, order management systems and predictive monitoring tools.