Ash Grove Cement

Improved ability to manage inventory, as many as 8,000 items at each plant, maintaining between $2 million to $12 million in inventory

Ash Grove Cement

Ash Grove Cement Company improves inventory management, inventory reduction, kiln uptime, environmental compliance, and overall maintenance costs savings using Enterprise Asset Management.

Goals

  • Automate maintenance data collection at each facility for a well-defined enterprise asset management process to support equipment performance reliability

Challenges

  • Improve the availability and utilization balance of production assets and develop a standardized solution for each of its nine separate production facilities, while maintaining production

Results

  • A $2 million first year inventory reduction
  • Improved ability to manage inventory, as many as 8,000 items at each plant, maintaining between $2 million to $12 million in inventory
  • Compliance with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation called the Portland Cement Maximum Achievable Control Technology (PC MACT)
  • Minimizes the potential loss of $3,000 per hour for every hour the kiln is offline

"By closely monitoring and managing what we use, reorder activities, and parts and materials pricing, we have reduced inventory by at least $2 million in the last few years. This is a significant contribution to keeping our prices competitive in the marketplace." - Mike Ralls, Plant Systems Administrator

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