Ma’aden Aluminium implements 8Sigma MES solution for automotive sheet plantVolker Karow
Ma’aden Aluminium, one of the largest aluminium groups in the Middle East, decided to digitalize its Automotive Sheet plant by implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) from 8Sigma.
Ma’aden decided in favour of the 8Sigma MES because the company has already proved its expertise in the metals industries.
This cooperation is an integral part of Ma’aden Aluminium’s plan to completely digitalize the production processes in its rolling mill, which produces aluminium coils for the automotive industry. The cooperation agreement, which was signed in July 2019, refers to the first phase of the implementation of the 8Sigma MES solution in the factory in Ras Al Khair Industrial City and will be completed and put into operation during 2020.
According to this agreement, implemented MES will enable the factory’s staff and management to have a quick and real-time overview on all production steps. It will provide them with the possibility to track the product from the moment when it enters the plant as a raw material to the moment when it is ready for delivery to the end customer. Some of the most important benefits of implementing the MES solution will be also the increase in product quality and process optimization, as well as the possibility to compare employees’ performance and control machine efficiency.
“We expect a quick and efficient implementation of the MES solution by 8Sigma that will bring Industry 4.0 to automotive part of our complex and support us in further digitalization activities that we have been implementing from the very beginning of our plant. It will help us to increase quality control and also to strengthen our leading position on the market,” said Ma’aden Rolling’s Operation director, Abdulaziz Al-Ruwaily.
Signing the cooperation agreement with one of the largest integrated aluminium complexes in the world is an additional proof of the quality of 8Sigma. On the occasion of signing the agreement, Marko Šatrak, director and co-founder of 8Sigma, said: “It is a great honour to be a partner of a leading company in aluminium production and to support them in their further development. The implementation of 8Sigma MES is a confirmation of Ma’aden’s tendency to be a state-of-the-art company focused on reaching the highest product quality and achieving the most challenging business goals.”
As a supplier of high quality primary aluminium and rolled product solutions, Ma’aden Aluminium includes the development, design, construction and operation of two sites integrated in a mine-to-metal network. Since 2009, it has been a joint venture company with Alcoa, the world’s third-largest aluminium producer.
8Sigma is a premium MES supplier based in the EU and established by software experts with valuable experience gained in developing MES solutions in the factories on five continents. Their 8Sigma MES is adjustable to all types of manufacturing industries and various plant sizes, as it is very configurable and at the same time user-friendly solution. It also provides clients with a wide range of benefits and features, such as immediate factory visibility, automatic comparison or results and targets, proactive maintenance, downtime analysis, standardization of production and better planning.