What are the challenges?

Our client faced the difficult challenge of having several business-critical processes finished daily. The only option available, before RPA, was to have employees completing these processes during working hours, which took them away from other vital duties that were being neglected for running processes. There was a marked adverse effect on production was costing the business valuable revenue.

How did Lanshore deliver on these various processes?

Through implementation of RPA, Lanshore was able to automate seven key processes, across three manufacturing sites. The RPA ran these reports during non-working hours, yet still supplied the data in a compiled and organized way for use for the manufacturer.

All values will reflect the annual time savings for the three manufacturing locations affected positively by RPA Processes:

MRP Process:

Original Process Time (OPR): 1 person-70 minutes each day, Monday to Friday.

RPA Run Time: 50-55 mins for 3 sites (not during working hours)

DIFFERENCE: OPR 910 hours/year during working hours while RPA delivered in 650-715 hours/year during non-working hours, leaving the 910 labor hours available for the key employees to be on the manufacturing floor.

Liberation PLS Process:

Original Process Time: 1 person, 4h-5h every Thursday (with a loss of 4-5 hours work) per location.

RPA Run Time: 3h- 3h30m (not during working hours)

Impression Work orders process:

Original Process Time: 1 person, 2-3 hours every Friday to print work orders and plans per location.

RPA Run Time: 1-1.5 hours

Projections Process:

Original process time: 1 person, 1-2 hours every Friday creating the report needed, per location.

RPA run time: 10-20 minutes

Smooth Sand Process:

Original process time: 1 person, 1-2 hours every Thursday creating the report needed.

RPA run time: 10-20 seconds

Requisitions Process:

Original process time: 1 person, more than 1 hour per day

RPA run time: 20-40 minutes

ROP Process:

Original process time: 1 person, 1 hour, or more, per purchase order

RPA run time: around 20-30 minutes

The future of manufacturing RPA

Our client was pleased with the outcomes of the RPA that was applied to the business processes.

They have decided to have Lanshore develop RPA for several more processes. The automation of reports has allowed their employees to focus on their billable work, greatly increasing departmental efficiency, which has the byproduct of benefiting other departments.

Running processes outside of work hours, (01:00. 02:00, and 05:00) prepares the data and documents needed for each day of work, before employees even arrive at the office.

There has been an obvious leap in job satisfaction due to less interruptions and more ability for the company to give back to their employees as their profit margins rise.

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The bottom line

"MANUFACTURING RUNS BEST WHEN THE MACHINES NEVER STOP. WHEN SOMEONE IS OUT OF THEIR PLACE, EVEN TO RUN NECESSARY REPORTS, THE LINE SLOWS DOWN OR HALTS, WHICH EQUALS LOSS OF REVENUE. MANUFACTURING COMPANIES MUST OUTPACE THEIR GLOBAL COMPETITORS TO NOT ONLY OFFER BETTER PRODUCTS AT COMPETITIVE PRICES, BUT ALSO TO HAVE A COMPETITIVE EDGE IN THE WORKFORCE TO HAVE GREAT EMPLOYEES TO DRIVE THE GOALS. WITHOUT VISION AND A PLAN TO MAKE THESE THINGS POSSIBLE, A MANUFACTURING PLANT COULD EASILY BECOME AN EMPTY BUILDING. RPA IS THE SOLUTION.”

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