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BEL Valves Invests in a Seiki Integrated Manufacturing System


Newcastle based British Engines Ltd (BEL Valves) is a successful, family owned manufacturing and engineering business. The company has grown from an outsourced manufacturing business to an £85m turnover specialist manufacturer of bespoke valves for the oil and gas industry, specialising in bespoke Engineer-to-Order valve solutions for extreme operating environments.

Given the physical size and scale of the operations at BEL Valves, visibility of what is happening and where does create a real challenge. This is more than just knowing what machine is in use and when, it is understanding the underlying reasons behind this data, including the human input at every stage. This is essential not just for controlling costs but also for being able to accurately allocate costs to orders.

The Business Challenges

When the business committed to an expansion plan to double its existing capacity in 2012 the following concerns/requirements were identified:

  • Tighter integration
  • Better information management
  • Clearer data output
  • More robust hardware

Following Seiki’s recommendations, systems were stripped back and a new network infrastructure implemented. Seiki completely reworked their interface with the Avante ERP system, ensured it would run smoothly with BEL’s APS system and then installed its Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC) with WIP Booking, Machine Data Acquisition (Monitoring) and Jobpack DNC modules throughout the area.

Integrated Manufacturing System

Chief Manufacturing Officer at BEL Valves Tim Maughn, explains “We have moved from having an IT system providing limited visibility to having a fully integrated manufacturing system that the entire company trusts to provide real time information. We can see the machine and WIP status of every resource and the company as a whole in real time. Thanks to this we have the confidence to manage the challenges of our market and to ensure we meet the needs of our customers in terms of on time delivery, visibility and responsiveness.”

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Would you like to know more about Seiki’s integrated manufacturing software modules?

If you are interested in finding out more about any of the Seiki software modules used by BEL Valves we would be delighted to hear from you. Our sales team can be contacted directly at 01273 666999 or via email and they will be happy to answer any questions that you have and to discuss technical features of the system.  Alternatively, please complete the form below.

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