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KRONTIME: Lean Solution for Continuous Improvement

Michael Wendenburg, Free Lance Journalist and PLM Specialist

Serial production is not what it used to be when customers could buy a Tin Lizzy in any colour as long it was black. As products are manufactured in more variants and change more frequently over lifetime, manufacturing engineers have to continuously adapt and improve their processes. A difficult task when relevant information is dispersed over individual files and databases. KRONTIME offers them a digital manufacturing software suite to support Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement strategies.

Manufacturing companies are facing many challenges when trying to bring innovative products faster to the market. To speed up product development they have implemented a powerful set of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools. ERP solutions help them to better manage their company's resources, but when it comes to define in detail how to manufacture their products, to measure manufacturing performance and to plan for process improvements there is no single solution in place to bridge the gap between product definition and product production, closely integrated with PLM and ERP. This is what digital manufacturing is all about.

In fact, digital manufacturing is a slow growing niche market with less than 500 million US dollars revenue worldwide in 2010, according to the PLM consulting company CIMdata ( The sluggish evolution is in part due to the fact that the mayor vendors have been heavily focussing on high-end, 3D-based solutions for visualization and simulation of production lines which may be useful for big automotive manufacturers but not for small and mid-sized companies (SMB). Maybe they do not need digital manufacturing? Yes they do because they face basically the same challenges in production. They have to better manage process efficiency to be able to respond to a changing demand with very variable manufacturing batches, to deliver customized products of better quality and to reduce lead times. They need to standardize production units to gain flexibility and to reduce all activities that, from a customer's perspective, do not add any value to the product.

leanLean Manufacturing basically means to only produce what the customer demands and when he demands it. In this sense, providers of digital manufacturing solutions have not been very lean-oriented in the past. They did not offer what customers wanted. SMBs need easy to use and quickly to implement solutions that guarantee a fast return on invest (ROI). On the other hand they need scalable solutions that offer full support for the various engineering tasks and disciplines involved in manufacturing: Process definition and analysis, production time calculation, resource management, workgroup document management and collaboration etc. KRONTIME addresses these needs with an integrated software suite of digital manufacturing tools designed for fast deployment.

Based in Barcelona, KRONTIME is a start-up company with a proven track record. Its market success builds on the core team's long time experience programming customer specific digital manufacturing solutions that have nourished the KRONTIME® suite of standard software. "Our vision was to offer a best practice approach suitable for SMBs based on the experience derived from important customer projects", explains Jordi Portella, co-founder and General Manager of the company. Thanks to the successful project work in the past, KRONTIME counts on a valuable installed customer base with some 30 companies in various industries, among them renowned global players like DELPHI, FAGOR, GESTAMP, HONEYWELL, JBC, JOHNSON CONTROLS, MAGNETTI MARELLI, PIKOLIN, ROCA RADIADORES, SEAT, and many others.

lean2KRONTIME's digital manufacturing solution contains different software tools focussed on defining the manufacturing process from the routings level down to the single operation, matching it to the real world, i.e. the manufacturing performance indicators, and managing the continuous improvement process. The software supports different user groups from manufacturing engineers who define operations, calculate times and balance resources, to managers who want to calculate the cost of a given product line and compare it to other configurations. "At the heart of our solution is the bill of operations (BOO) that can be related to information from other company sources like the ERP bill of material or the design structure in PLM, creating a consistent knowledge data base for manufacturing ", explains Director Product Management Jordi Godàs. A web-based content management gives work teams access to manufacturing-related information including quality control or health and safety instructions, improving collaboration of the different disciplines involved in the manufacturing process.

"Main benefit of implementing KRONTIME® is a more productive manufacturing engineering", assures Jordi Portella, "as it allows rapid reconfiguration of production and assembly lines, easy management of the production mix and huge time savings on batch production changes." If true this definitely helps companies to improve their competitiveness.


About Krontime
Krontime is an independent software vendor who develops and implements innovative solutions for Production Engineering.
His offer provides the complete suite of functionality necessary to define the processes, optimise the working methods and follow-up the continuous improvement initiatives.
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