Improved Business Performance via AMS REALTIME Projects
Ineos Chlor is one of the six businesses that comprise the Ineos
Group. It is one of the major chlor-alkali producers in Europe and
a global leader in chlorine derivatives. They currently operate
sites in the UK, Germany, France and Thailand with 1800 staff. The
turnover relating to these sites alone is €830 million.
Product reliability is complemented by a strong focus on customer
needs, and they place great emphasis on working alongside their
customers in a partnership geared to preparing for future market
and product demands.
To retain their position as an industry leader they have to ensure
that they recognise trends and opportunities in world market demands
and then they focus on responding to and exceeding their customers'
Therefore, in order to meet these customer demands, it is essential
that they have tools and processes that ensure business efficiency.
AMS REALTIME Projects has been implemented into their planning department
to realise this.
Using AMS REALTIME
Their projects cater for all the planned maintenance of the plants
and these projects range from a couple of days to six to eight weeks
in duration, utilising as much as 150,000 man hours.
They have developed the use of generic plans (i.e. standard activities/calendars/
resources) in order that all the plans look the same wherever they
have been produced. This also provides greater flexibility when
planning resources and highlights when and where they are working
on a site. They have kept to a relatively basic Project Management
approach and they tend not to include costing. This approach has
allowed them to concentrate on improved planning and better use
of their resources.
Prior to implementing AMS REALTIME Projects, they controlled their
work using Planning boards; these were pieces of cards with the
activity written on them and were cut to a timescale, (e.g. a 6-inch
long piece of card represented an activity that should take 6 hours).
These cards were then placed against the resource required. This
was an extremely time-consuming activity and also lacked the accuracy
that was truly necessary.
Before the AMS REALTIME software was introduced, they used a PROMINI
system. This did not allow them to perform resource leveling. They
then moved to Korkus, a K&H system, but this was extremely time
consuming, it could take them hours simply to time analyse their
The lack of flexibility in the Korkus systems and the lack of resource
management functionality, led Ineos Chlor to implement AMS REALTIME
in April 1996. They wanted a Windows based system that kept them
up to date in real time and they found that Schedule Publisher (now
AMS REALTIME Projects) was the best and most cost effective system
Some of the key drivers that led Ineos Chlor to implement AMS REALTIME
- to reduce downtime of their plants during planned maintenance.
- to get better use of their resources by using a quicker what-if
- for consistency across their planning organisation (based on
everyone using the same tool).
AMS REALTIME Projects was able to meet all these criteria and ultimately
helped improve communication of event plans and validation processes.
Harry Coomer, a planning manager at Ineos Chlor, believes that
they have made a 10/15 times reduction in time due to the implementation
of AMS REALTIME Projects.
He states: "AMS REALTIME is core to our site planning needs.
We also transfer information between MSP and AMS. We have also over
the years seen and used Primavera/OpenPlan/Artemis and many others,
but AMS REALTIME is a good solid tool for our needs and is our planning
tool of choice."