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02 January 2013

MES Systems Integrator Cimlogic has been selected to provide an OEE System at chewing gum manufacturer, Wrigley in Plymouth

The Wrigley Company, a subsidiary of Mars, may have its origins in the US but says it considers itself just as much a British company. And it has quite a tradition to back this up: Wrigley's Spearmint gum had its UK launch in 1911; by 1925, business had increased to the point where the company decided to build a UK factory.

Its first factory opened in Wembley in 1927, after which Wrigleys UK relocated to Plymouth in 1970. The UK branch now employs about 500 people in the UK and Ireland. And not all the gum manufactured in Plymouth is used in the UK - about a fourth of it is exported overseas, which means the UK factory is key to business development in Europe.

Now Cimlogic has secured a project to work with Wrigley, which says it prides itself on delivering continuous improvement and is currently embracing LEAN manufacturing principles.

Cimlogic was established in 1997 and specialises in industrial automation and manufacturing execution systems (MES). In 2009 it received an international award for bringing performance management system, TrakSYS, to the UK market.

Cimlogic was highlighted for its 'exceptional performance' after receiving the 'Certified Implementation Partner' Award 2009 from Parsec Automation Corp, developer of TrakSYS.

According to Cimlogic it will implement TrakSYS realtime operations and performance management software to measure and improve the efficiency of Wrigley's production lines as part of the company's commitment to continually improving people, products and services.

TrakSYS is a ''flexible, scaleable and powerful software application designed to improve managing and executing manufacturing operations''. The company says it's a suite of integrated and browser-based applications that delivers the collection of aggregate data from multiple sources to provide real-time visibility, along with event management and analytical tools to improve equipment performance and availability, and enables proactive and preemptive control that drives valuable business intelligence.

''We selected Cimlogic to assist us on our LEAN manufacturing journey as we believe they're perfectly positioned to provide us with the right tools and solutions to improve the standard of visual data in the factory in terms of OEE and waste streams,'' said Simon Billett, LEAN TPM Coach at Wrigley.

''In addition we believe this will help us improve our environmental impact through increased understanding of energy usage by asset. We have an ethos of empowering our operators and the easier to see and understand our data is, the more we can use it to compass their involvement''.


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