Once automates registration of chemical loads

Kotkamills has been using the Once system already since 2011. At first, only chip and sawdust loads arriving at the mill were registered in the system, but very soon it was noticed that the system also worked well for reception of chemicals. Trucks arriving at the mill gate are sent to the scale where the driver stores the bill of freight number, type of chemical and the supplier in the terminal device. After this, Once automatically takes care of all data collection related to material streams, reliably and in real time without any work input by the personnel.

“Previously, the reception and registration of material streams was performed manually in Excel, which caused confusion and duplicated the work. Once ended the problems with reception and saved employees’ time allowing them to focus on more important tasks. The introduction of the system aligned our operations in a good and more efficient direction”, says terminal manager Sakari Falkman.

Today, Once registers all material streams arriving at the mill, from wood material to more than 100 different chemicals. The system allows efficient identification and weighing of chemical loads as well as sending them to the correct destination at the mill. Once maintains a huge quantity of information, which is utilised, among other things, in continuous monitoring of material streams, collection of invoicing information, taking random samples, as well as creation of regulatory reports related to the use of chemicals. Internal raw material transportations of Kotkamills between the Kotka, Imatra and Tainionkoski mills are also registered in the Once system.

“The introduction only took about a month”

Protacon’s Once system compared favourably in terms of both service and maintenance costs. In addition, the suitability of the system for data management of all material streams was also in favour of the choice. This innovative partner of a suitable size, and with a flexible working culture, turned out to be the right choice already in the initial stage.

“The introduction of the Once system only took about a month or so, and we at Kotkamills can find no fault whatsoever in its introduction and performance. Since the start of our cooperation with Protacon, we have been satisfied”, Falkman states.

The Once system ended the problems with reception and saved employees’ time allowing them to focus on more important tasks. The introduction of the system aligned our operations in a good and more efficient direction.

Sakari Falkman, Terminal Manager
Kotkamills Oy