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Information Builders provide data collation and analysis tools for
Process Engineers at international light gauge steel production plant


Information Builders, a leader in Web Business Intelligence, working with Corus Packaging Plus, a supplier of light gauge steel for packaging and non-packaging applications, have implemented a Business Intelligence system at the latter’s Llanelli plant. The new system collates and analyses data from numerous legacy sources, and generates reports, which are used to improve the production process and speed up new product development.

The Corus Packaging Plus operation at the Trostre Works in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, produces a wide variety of mainly steel-based products for use in packaging applications ranging from soft drink cans and holographic materials to reflectors for fluorescent lighting. The manufacturing process is complex and a very wide range of products is produced with specific requirements from many of the customers. Accurate analysis of process data was sought by Corus in order to improve quality and drive innovation.

Information Builders upgraded current FOCUS systems already in place through Corus’ UK predecessor British Steel, to FOCUS 6. EDA Copy Manager was implemented at the site to transfer data from the mainframe into Oracle data warehouses on an NT server, and FOCUS 6 is used to extract Process Control Data, available to users via their FOCUS Desktop systems. WebFOCUS browser-based systems have also started to be introduced to allow wider access and use.

The return on investment from the new system has been significant. Commercial staff can now obtain an accurate picture of the status of a particular order or get a summary of a customer's account. The data is also accessed by the finance function who are benefiting, since the system can provide much more accurate information on the true cost of a process.

Combining data from many data sources is leading to swifter product development. “With the FOCUS system we are able to understand processes better - we are getting better control of the levers in the manufacturing process,” said John Albiston, Project Manager for Business Intelligence at Corus Packaging Plus.

“We have a much more scientific approach to new product development – the system allows us not just to number crunch but to really validate new ideas.”

Within three months of implementing the first system at Corus’ Trostre Works, John Albiston and his colleague Anthony Batts, Business Analyst in Corus Strip Products UK were able to demonstrate the system to an internal Business Leadership Forum in Corus. The presentation has led to the expansion of the system over three further Corus sites operated by the Packaging Plus business.


About Information Builders

Information Builders provides its customers with robust business intelligence solutions, specialising in real-time information delivery over the Web. Headquartered in New York, Information Builders helps companies and government organisations improve their mission-critical operations by transforming data into usable information and delivering it to employees, managers, partners, and customers through the Internet. With its award-winning WebFOCUS solution, Information Builders delivers information to more than 11,000 global customer sites, including most of the Fortune 100 and all U.S. federal government agencies. The company employs 2,000 professionals worldwide and generated revenues exceeding $300 million in 2000.


For further information:

Sonia Panchal/Magdalen Bush
Key Communications
Tel: 020 7580 0222
Fax: 020 7580 0333
email:sonia.panchal@keycommunications.co.uk

Donna Land
Information Builders
Tel: 020 8982 4700
email: donna_land@ibi.com


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