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TallShips keeping information flowing at Philip Morris

Supplier: TallShips Solutions
12 February, 2008

When Philip Morris, Esq. opened his retail tobacco shop on London’s Bond Street in the mid-nineteenth century, he could never have predicted that a century and a half later the Philip Morris family of companies would be the largest and most profitable producer and marketer of consumer packaged goods in the world.

TallShips play a small, but not insignificant, part in this success having helped Philip Morris’ manufacturing facility in Moorrabbin to maintain and improve costs thus ensuring that the Australian operation is internationally competitive.

Philip Morris decided to use SAP’s PP-PI module for production planning, management and reporting.This module complements other SAP modules implemented by Philip Morris as well as integrating the shop floor execution system with SAP.They wanted to be able to download blends and orders to the shop floor from the production management system (PP-PI).

Investigations led them to Compaq’s PDAS and BaseStar Open System which provided the integration layer.PDAS is a SAP-certified module that integrates the PP-PI work orders. and blends with plant systems using a standard interface.

TallShips provided the expertise on PDAS to help Philip Morris design their integration approach and assisted with implementation. “We wanted to automate the flow of information from the machine based control system to SAP-R3,” said Neil Caughey, the Project Manager at Philip Morris.

“Also, to simplify manual data entry into SAP, especially in the area of material delivery to the production floor.” What they wanted to achieve was an integrated information system that didn’t rely on unnecessary duplication of data entry or handling.

Further, they wanted to capture production statistics, inventory requirements and costs in real time with a direct link to the constraint based scheduling system.

Ultimately their aim was to reduce costs, improve ontime delivery to customers, reduce work in progress and reduce raw material inventories. “That’s exactly what we’ve done and at the same time we’ve also reduced training and downtime through TallShips support and expertise,” Neil said.