Klingele relies on openpack and the Digital Factory

Klingele continues to make progress in terms of digitalization: The company is using the new Digital Factory from the openpack platform to digitally map its corrugated board plant in Hilpoltstein. Digital representation of the value chain is an important component of Klingele Group’s digitization strategy. This gives the company more insight and transparency into the production process in the long term. The openpack Digital Factory also helps them to identify possible sources of error and potential for optimization more quickly.

In the summer of 2020 Klingele heard about openpack and its digital offerings and was immediately enthusiastic about them. The company recognized the enormous potential and decided to work with it as one of the pilot customers. The vision and concept were convincing. Plant Manager Bernhard Harrer says: “We liked the first products, the partnership and the trusting cooperation on a par as well as the opportunity to contribute our ideas and suggestions at any time during the development.”

Precise visualization and overview

The newly developed Digital Factory has recently been put into operation at the Hilpoltstein corrugated board plant. The openpack team ensured that the machine data is automatically transferred to the connected platform. In the platform, they converge at a central hub. Klingele likes the modern design of openpack combined with the convenient user interface: all machine data and documents are easily accessible and clearly displayed. With the Digital Factory, Klingele employees receive a digital 3D image of the plant from a bird’s eye view and a live view of the production. This opens up completely new possibilities for staff in terms of monitoring and controlling. Using self-defined key figures and current production data, it is possible to analyze and evaluate production processes in a targeted manner. And that creates higher productivity.

Central interface, more productivity 

Instead of many individual interfaces in the plant, there is now a central interface from openpack for all manufacturers and the connection of additional solutions. This is because one interface saves costs and ensures less effort. “This has made it possible to break down data silos and increase the transparency of our processes,” says the Plant Manager of the Hilpoltstein corrugated board plant, Bernhard Harrer.

Oliver Harlas, Electrical Maintenance Manager at Klingele, expects further positive effects: “More transparency will help us to identify sources of error and potential for improvement more quickly in the future. Ultimately, this will result in increased productivity and flexibility. 

The next steps 

In addition to the Digital Factory openpack is currently developing a marketplace as the industry’s central procurement platform. Klingele has firmly planned to use the openpack marketplace to optimize their purchasing process for all operational requirements (e.g. spare parts, auxiliary and operating materials, C-parts, etc.). 

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The Klingele team left to right: Front left Oliver Harlas, Bernhard Harrer (Plant Manager), Holger Welzenbach, Alfred Harlas, Gerhard Harrer and front right Thomas Schreiber. (Photo: Klingele Papierwerke GmbH & Co. KG)

Bernhard Harrer, Plant Manager Carl Eichhorn KG Wellpappenwerke

“With openpack we’ve met a team that will help us move forward and create the opportunity to increase the profitability of our plant.”

The first orders have already been placed, facilitating and accelerating the purchasing process.

For the future, climate protection is a central topic on Klingele’s agenda. With additional openpack know-how and technologies, the company’s concept will become even more sustainable, and the company is looking forward to this challenge.

Oliver Harlas says: “If we continue to work together with openpack on the progress already made, we will soon have a platform that will be very helpful for many departments in the company and has the potential to improve many processes.

“We are focused on long-term relationships with customers and partners – and with openpack we’ve met a team that will help us move forward and create the opportunities to increase the productivity of our plant,” says Plant Manager Bernhard Harrer. “For Klingele’s digitization strategy, the systems developed by openpack and the associated digital representation of the value chain represent an important cornerstone.”

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