As a global leader in the manufacturing of forest harvesters and other forest machinery, Ponsse was recently exploring solutions to replace its dated manufacturing execution system (MES). MES is a core component, responsible for managing the Finland-based company’s forest machinery production execution and shop floor operations. Solita was selected as the Ponsse partner to plan and implement a new and modernised MES, while conveying Ponsse as the forerunner it is in the digitalisation of the forest machinery industry.
An end-to-end fully tailored solution
Ponsse’s forest machinery manufacturing and servicing touches on numerous units and requires many phases, including assembly, parts manufacturing, prototype development, logistics and testing. A readily-available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) MES solution that was able to provide all the needs of the various phases involved was not an option. This is because Ponsse’s customer-centric and highly-customisable forest machinery products require a flexible MES adjusted to Ponsse’s specific needs.
“Using the modern tools of our new MES, we now have numerous data collection capabilities, which brings even more value to our factory-operations. These data touch points will continue to facilitate workflow improvements into the future for us at Ponsse.”
— Miika Soininen, Director, Digital services and IT, Ponsse