Kingspan Insulated Panels (“Kingspan”) is a €1.5bn division of the Kingspan Group, a global manufacturer of innovative building products. It runs a complex multi-site manufacturing operation delivering complete building envelope systems including insulated panels for roofs and walls to the global construction marketplace. For the past two years Kingspan has been rolling out ShireSystem software from Elecosoft to help its engineering teams move maintenance to a preventative basis.

Kingspan’s largest facility in Holywell, Wales, has four independent production lines that are kept in service by a team of 23 engineers, mechanics and electricians. Any breakdown of machinery can quickly create problems. The Holywell site was the first site to benefit from ShireSystem, divisional Projects Engineer, Conor Evans is rolling out the software and says: “We knew that certain parts of certain machines would fail regularly, but we had no accurate records. At Holywell the team has been using ShireSystem to track machine breakdowns and parts failures for two full years, and now has lots of data. Engineers can now go in and change parts during scheduled maintenance or downtime, before a part fails in the middle of a production run. This is the biggest cost and time saving so far, and it increases our production line availability.”

The company is leveraging its investment in ShireSystem to enable continuous improvement, which is proving attractive to additional sites as the proof of value accumulates.

“ShireSystem is a good system for scheduling work, tracking breakdowns, machine servicing and part inventory, and helping us compare sites on the same basis. It’s because of these benefits we are starting to get enquiries to implement ShireSystem in other sites such as our second Finland facility and our Insulated Panel sites in Eastern Europe.”