Globally aligning business processes

Up until now, FLSmidth’s business systems have been a patchwork of more than 100 legacy systems used in different entities, many inherited from companies that have joined the FLSmidth group— particularly in the past few years.

Because we use many different IT systems for the same type of work, we see opportunities to improve efficiency across the group as we work with our customers and suppliers. Having one global IT platform based upon the Oracle ERP suite and incorporating the latest CAD and data management tools (Solid Works and Enovia) will drive the efficiency gains. Helios is the overall project name that embraces these ideas. Once implemented across the FLSmidth group, the Helios project will allow for the incorporation of globally aligned business processes.

With a world-class system in place, we will be able to collaborate with our customers and suppliers with easier data sharing. This could include data on past projects and drawings, spare part needs, current requests for proposals, etc.

Currently, the main activity is establishing the technical content building blocks using a defined method known as “Product Build.” The Product Build is a series of workshops that consist of product and proposal engineers working together to align, restructure and improve our engineering processes.

As we expand our flowsheet offerings, the technical standards we employ become more important than ever.

We will be deploying Helios in the Salt Lake Technology Center in 2014 and are excited about the opportunities of having an improved standardized operating platform.

CONTACT: Nicolai Møller