Alcan Rolled Products-Ravenswood
Alcan Rolled Products - Ravenswood is one of the leaders in aluminum technological capability. They operate one of the world's largest aluminum rolling mills, producing the highest quality aluminum plate, coil and sheet in the
industry generating $100 million in sales annually.
Tracking the vast amount of manufacturing, accounting and sales data relies on the ability to track and deliver data quickly and efficiently. Alcan
had previously relied on a series of stand-alone reporting tools,
including simple queries to mainframe and distributed databases, to cobble together the required data they needed to manage their day-to-day operations.
Struggling with cumbersome database queries and unreliable reporting tools prone to crashing,
user/management demand and industry regulations drove Alcan to look for a more flexible user friendly reporting tool. The limitations for the current reporting mechanisms became more apparent as requests from upper management and customers could not be met.
It was clear that a centralized reporting solution was needed to tie together related manufacturing, accounting and sales data.
A regular report on the Top 5 Production Outages for upper management, as well as electronic invoices being requested by customers, were among the top reporting needs not being addressed by their reporting
Given the disparate data sources and diversified reporting needs, JReport was poised to quickly and efficiently alleviate the reporting bottlenecks and limitations. The data-agnostic nature of JReport, along with an advanced report design and delivery capability allowed Alcan
to rollout a centralized reporting infrastructure with the flexibility and ease of use they required.
The capability of pulling data from a variety of data sources remedied the previously decentralized approach of querying the separate mainframe and distributed databases.
JReport’s intuitive design allowed Alcan to develop needed reports on the fly as demand from customer and regulatory statutes grew.
Using JReport has substantially increased the efficiency of Alcan’s ability to track their production data. JReport delivers key reports across the various accounting, manufacturing and sales disciplines within the organization.
now has a real-time view of production numbers from the manufacturing floor. With enhanced report design and delivery, the
company was able to replace an old mainframe printer with a faster laser printer that generates work tickets to track metal processing assignments. This simple reduction in printing time has had a noticeable affect on production efficiency.
JReport’s versatility allowed Alcan to provide it’s customers with electronic invoices, along with tracking and reporting on all of their sales and marketing data.
To analyze breaks in productivity, upper management used JReport to develop a regular update on the Top 5 Down Times to better assess and address manufacturing inefficiencies. This allows Alcan to remain a leader in
aluminum product production.