Apriso extends visibility from ERP down to the shop floor for Amcor Flexibles

Apriso FlexNet enables widespread unification of all operations execution systems, creating an adaptive operations platform across multiple locations.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff November 26, 2007

Amcor Flexibles will use Apriso FlexNet for global deployment, complementing Amcor’s existing SAP ERP system. Implementation will initially span more than 20 locations to improve operations performance by enabling global visibility to Amcor’s production environment and supply chain.

Apriso FlexNet enables widespread unification of all operations execution systems, creating an adaptive operations platform across multiple locations.

Amcor Flexibles, with operations spanning 34 countries, deploys SAP ERP to track financial performance and implement global planning as a “single source of the truth” across multiple products and markets. The challenge will be to collect and integrate complex, high-volume operations data from the factory floor into ERP while providing sufficient flexibility to respond to market changes and supplier volatility—down to the plant level.

“Based on the success we experienced with Apriso at the Amcor PET [Polyethylene Triphthalate] division, we believe it was a low-risk decision to select FlexNet for our Flexibles business to address data collection, business process integration, and global visibility challenges,” says Bruno Hartemann, CIO, Amcor Flexibles. “It also was [critical] for us to select a global partner able to help us on an international basis. By expanding our Apriso footprint, we expect to improve our responsiveness to customer needs, while cost-effectively enforcing and distributing global best practices.”

Using Apriso’s solution, the Amcor PET division has continuous operations availability—even when its ERP system is unavailable or requires periodic maintenance. This ability for operations to continue uninterrupted, while capturing all the data necessary for future systems synchronization, has been a tremendous productivity enhancement.