Created in 1964, the Richel Group is a family business third generation that for over 50 years has been the French specialist and Europe’s leading manufacturer of plastic greenhouses. Richel Serre is recognized for its competence and know-how: excellence at the service of projects, from the smallest to the most ambitious. Richel designs, manufactures and develops complete greenhouses and shelters solutions for agriculture, construction and industry on a worldwide scale. With a team of 60 people and an integrated design office, the DIMAC SAS branch based in western France designs, studies and installs heating, irrigation, handling, climate management systems, etc. of the horticulture and agronomy projects that Richel creates. Three main activities completed the Group’s experience: the creation in 2000 of a storage center under the TOUTABRI brand; the development of the Venlo Glass Greenhouses business in 2004 and the integration in 2007 within the group of the French specialist for greenhouses equipment and modular shelters, Richel Equipement. Throughout its history, the Group has grown constantly both on the national and international markets. Present in 5 continents, Richel realizes complete projects of equipped greenhouses in 80 countries all over the world world.
The objectives of this global productivity plan were the following:
- Allowing real-time production monitoring on twelve plant areas, with full reliability of the shown data;
- Monitoring production for exceptions, having the opportunity to act promptly;
- Leveraging on a true management tool for department heads and logistics and performance monitoring.
For Richel, the implementation of production monitoring had to allow to better understand the difficulties encountered during the execution of work orders (WO), recognizing and quantifying the risks of the production itself. With the installation of the next module for Scheduling and thanks to the automatic communication between this module and the MES, Richel had to be able to effectively monitor operational planning.
The modules identified as building blocks of the solution therefore refer to the following components of the sedApta suite: