Building a digital lighthouse in one of the world’s largest chocolate factories​

Customer

MARS is a multi-national company with over 230 productions sites worldwide. Their production site in Veghel, Netherlands is one of the biggest chocolate factories around the world, producing some of the most popular chocolate bars such as Mars, Snickers and Bounty.

Challenge

The plan is for the factory to become one of the global digitalization lighthouses. Therefore, there was a high pressure to demonstrate results on all projects and all involved associates from the factory. ​Many individual projects were already started or in the project pipeline. They were recruiting resources for both project execution and program management. However, the roadmap for this transformation was missing.

Approach

The first step was to assess the status quo to identify the biggest operational challenges and estimate the potential. Based on this, we defined overall work streams, created roadmaps together for these, and defined detailed project plans. We were then able to establish a program structure that included tools to define projects and track and evaluate the current project status.

Results

The result of this collaboration was an effective digitalization program management for an efficient transformation, which we had launched after only 8 weeks. By co-creating a detailed roadmap and project charter that included required resources, budget, and estimated impact, we were able to identify the digitalization potential of 10-15%.


“With the help of the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center, we were able to efficiently specify the biggest opportunities in the factory, design a comprehensive program & get the internal team & reporting structure in place to make our digital lighthouse factory reality"

Frank Elbers
Industrial Engineering & Supply Excellence Manager
Mars Nederland BV.


Digitalization opportunity
> 10 - 15% identified

Effective digitalization program
up and running after 8 weeks

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Harland
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Harland

Senior Manager

Tobias.Harland@i40mc.de


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