Subsidiary of ArcelorMittal goes lean with OM Partners

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Imphy Alloys, located in Imphy, France, has installed OMP Scheduler from OM Partners to facilitate the implementation of lean manufacturing in its production islands.

The installation of the scheduling software is part of a larger project also involving the optimization of the Sales & Operations Planning and the Master Production Planning.  The goals are to increase the customer service level and to reduce stock and throughput time.  Since Imphy Alloys produces alloys with high-value metals, reducing its stock levels of both raw material and intermediate products has a significant financial impact.

Imphy Alloys carries out its Sales & Operations Planning with the OMP Planner module from the same software vendor, installed a few months ago. Due to its specific nature, Imphy Alloys has longer throughput times than most other steel plants. Therefore, it uses forecasts to anticipate the raw material requirements again with the objective to reduce its stock levels. The implementation of OMP Planner for the Master Production Planning is planned in the next months.

Frdric Pinchon, Logistics Manager at ArcelorMittal Imphy Alloys, says: "As a market leader, we set high standards for our suppliers. We needed a solution that could handle Sales & Operations Planning, Master Production Planning and Scheduling in an integrated way. At the same time, the solution had to be integrated with our MES application. We found the perfect partner in OM Partners. They not only proved to have the right solution, but their consultants also delivered the expertise we were looking for."

The cooperation between ArcelorMittal and OM Partners started in 1992 with a cutting optimization solution in a steel service centre in Geel (Belgium). Since then several steel plants and rolling mills in the Arcelor Group were equipped with more software solutions by OM Partners, such as: OMP Cutting Optimizer, OMP Planner (long and mid-term production planning), OMP Scheduler (scheduling), OMP Material Allocator (creating optimal order-material links) and OMP Order Promiser.

On October 11, OM Partners organizes a webinar "Optimizing your Metals Supply Chain" describing its Metals Solution. 


About Imphy Alloys

Imphy Alloys, a medium-sized company (about 600 employees) located in Imphy, in the middle of France, is a major player in the design, production and transformation of Nickel alloys for different applications as electronic, energy, automotive. Imphy Alloys is the world leader in cryogenic market.


About OM Partners

OM Partners is a software and consulting company that offers Supply Chain Planning Solutions to metals, plastics, textiles, glass, corrugated board and solid board, paper, chemical, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, consumer goods and other industries.

Since its foundation in 1985 it has enjoyed steady growth, developing into one of the most important players in the Supply Chain Planning market. The OMP Supply Chain Suite offers solutions for all planning problems, from strategic to tactical and operational. OM Partners has its headquarters in Belgium and branches in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA.

 

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