The ESC of the precast process
The ESC system in cars is exactly what comes to mind when Technical Director Lassi Järvinen from Elematic describes the ETAC process management system.In cars, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is a computerized technology solution that detects and minimizes the risk of skidding. Measuring factors that control the movements of each tire, the system analyzes and controls the whole driving situation. For the driver, all this happens in the background. However, in the precast process, there are always more than four wheels that have to run smoothly and efficiently at all times. This is done quietly in the background with a software system that allows total control of the whole process for the precaster.Making any process more efficient is often about improving different parts or phases of that process. At its heart, process development is often a process management issue."Every client's business is a case all of its own, so there really is no one right way of proceeding. The way Elematic works with its clients is by helping with their entire production process: finding the solution together, preferably when it is not yet exactly clear to the client itself which part should be developed," explains Elematic's Järvinen. "The whole point is that the client enjoys the benefits, while Elematic covers the background. It is in the best interests of our clients that they can concentrate fully on what they do best." ETAC in the middleIn the precast process, many forms of data come from various phases of the process, making monitoring and developing the whole process a challenge. The distance between the CAD world and process supervision is often long: as parts of the process, the two are different, running on different software and controlled by different experts. The larger the scale of the project, the better the software system controlling everything should be."When the process management software comes from one place and is designed particularly for this industry, typical interface and compatibility problems can be avoided," Järvinen clarifies. "Elematic's ground-breaking ETAC is an ideal solution that concentrates on creating additional value for its users. It operates between design and production, covering the entire precasting process. Modularity in implementation allows the system to be developed one part at a time from any given angle, making the solution individually adjustable for each client."Lassi Järvinen sums up the conversation by mentioning an old business favorite, cost-efficiency, as one example of the benefits of ETAC.Value creation tried and true"It is surprising how many operators in the field are not aware of the actual price of one element: usually the price is estimated afterwards by division of the whole costs. The ETAC system keeps track of all the phases separately, which reveals the true expenditure structure, thus creating real service and additional value for the client. True process management generates an abundance of data on actual costs, which means that development possibilities can be found, and genuine competitive advantage can be built," Järvinen states. It is hard to imagine the automobile industry operating in a way that factories would offer one basic car, from which sports cars or personal cars are modified. However, this is often the case in process management software. ETAC is the only software that is originally designed for the needs of the precast industry and its processes.