Tieto upgrades factory systems at five Metsä Board mills

(PresseBox) ( Eschborn/Ts, )
Tieto has delivered factory systems to five Metsä Board paperboard mills in Finland. The solution is based on Tieto's TIPS system and covers production optimization and management, inventory management and interfaces with subcontractors, the sales system and automation. The system also includes an interface with SAP Business Warehouse reporting. A similar delivery is currently in progress at the Metsä Board Zanders Gohrsmühle mill in Germany.

Metsä Board had already used TIPS products, but now the version has been updated and deployed at all five factories. In the future, the system will be updated with new versions every 1-2 years, which will extend its life cycle. The mills use one application, which results in savings and standardized operating models.

"We have built a system that enables us to develop shared best practices and facilitates goal setting and monitoring at the five mills. System maintenance and further development have become more efficient. A significant number of our personnel were involved in the project and many of our wishes became reality in the development of the application. The collaboration between our companies went well from my perspective: we stayed on schedule and within the budget, even though there were substantial changes in the project along the way," says Metsä Board's Matti Ketonen, Vice President, Supply Chain.

"The mill system is the operational core of a mill. We are happy that Metsä Board has shown confidence in our TIPS products. The project was completed with an extremely tight schedule and at the agreed cost. This was made possible by strong commitment, both from Metsä Board and us," says Tieto's Markku Kivijärvi, Delivery Executive.

The Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) is a comprehensive production control system for the pulp, paper, paperboard and soft tissue industries. The TIPS system uses modern information technology and advanced functionality to improve the efficiency and profitability of companies in the pulp and paper. Over 10 000 end users all over the world use the system on a daily basis to manage factory processes.

Metsä Board is Europe's leading manufacturer of folding boxboard, the world's leading producer of coated white-top kraftliners and a significant paper producer. Metsä Board offers its customers high-performance paperboard and paper for consumer and retail packaging, the graphics industry and office supply needs. The company sales network serves brand and packaging manufacturers, corrugated packaging manufacturers, printing houses, wholesalers and office supplies companies. Metsä Board is part of the Metsä Group, and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Helsinki. The company employs approximately 3,300 people. Its revenue was EUR 2.1 billion in 2012. www.metsaboard.com
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