Kirchhoff Datensysteme Software

Pentaho’s user friendly interface combined with our know-how made it easy to build a specialized analytics tool for lowering costs and maximizing profits in plastic compounding.

Oliver McKenzie Managing Director, Kirchhoff Datensysteme Software

Use Case Overview

Business Challenges

  • Complexity - Plastic compounding is highly complex and specialized and its profit margins depend on how efficient this process is managed and the volatile prices of energy and raw materials.
  • Flexibility - For its industry-specific reporting and analysis tool, Poly.MIS, KDS needed a flexible platform that enabled it to define relevant analysis scenarios, dashboards and reporting options specific to compounding.
  • Data variety - KDS sought an analytics platform that could load and process data from various specialized IT systems relevant to plastic compounding.
  • User-friendly - The solution needed to be easy for people across the business to use without having to rely on IT support.
  • Integration - KDS wanted to offer Poly.MIS as a stand-alone analytics tool as well as embedding in to its ERP system, Poly.ERP.

Pentaho Solution

  • OEM Partnership with Pentaho
  • Pentaho Data Integration to load and process data from the various plastic compounder systems (ERP, energy management, production planning, quality management, and others)
  • Pentaho Business Analytics using the reporting and analysis tool as the basis for pre-defined industry-specific reporting and analysis

Value Added

  • KDS’ OEM partnership with Pentaho enabled them to optimize their knowledge and skills of the plastic compounding industry while leveraging Pentaho’s software and specialized knowledge of data integration and business analytics.
  • Pentaho Reporting and Pentaho Analyzer enabled Poly.Mis to deliver pre-configured standard reports and analysis scenarios for plastic compounding. Industry speciifc benefits include:
      • Gross profit and contribution margin analyses that take raw material and energy volatility into account and help KDS to optimize costs and profitability
      • Sales process analyses that blend sales data with product and composition data to helps compounders determine material requirements and work more efficiently
      • Support for other industry-specific scenarios including container-oriented inventory and current stock value analysis, receivables and open orders analysis, energy management analysis, and many others
  • Pentaho Data Integration’s visual interface has made the whole ETL process easy to manage. Its open architecture means data from a wide range of proprietary sources were easily integrated
  • Poly.MIS users can easily run a range of specialized reports like gross profit analysis reports, production time/idle time reports and inventory reports, without needed IT support.
  • Poly.MIS is available as a stand-alone tool or embedded into Poly.ERP.

Why Pentaho

  • Flexibility - Easy to adapt reporting and analysis to the industry-specific complex requirements of plastic compounding
  • Support for a broad range of data sources
  • User-friendly interface
  • Ease of integration