Optimization of efficiency in the supply chain
Given the size of Nippon Gases, with 130 production plants and over 600 trucks undertaking distribution to supply its broad network of customers throughout Europe on time, the Enterprise Applications Director points out that “our main cost in our production and distribution process is always energy and transport, so many of the analyses we carry out will optimize these two areas”.
As such, the Operations department plays a leading role. Jesús Gallego, the European Director of this department, which covers the air separation plants that produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon, and the coordination of distribution, explains how the analytical capacity provided by Tableau translates into improved processes and cost savings.
Likewise, the analytical power Tableau provides is also used to make proactive decisions. Jesús Gallego illustrates this point by explaining how analytics are applied to the process data of a compressor in a production plant. “By analyzing all of the variables that are involved and visualizing these calculations, Tableau can give us an early warning before an incident such as overheating occurs”.
Forewarned, the Operations department can make preventive decisions, helping to improve the availability and reliability of the production plant. “Without Tableau, this could not be have done previously, because we had no way of visualizing so much data,” says the Director. It is now also possible to gain a complete overview of all of the production stops that have occurred in plants, and as a result the cause will sometimes lead to a technical bulletin being sent out to the other plants in order to prevent similar incidents.
The advantage of Tableau lies not only in massive process automation, but also in the fact that if changes occur in consumption patterns, the update is automatically reflected in the analysis, allowing for improvement in the service provided to customers and ensuring a continued, reliable supply of gas in line with their needs.