ASTICON – celebrating the first 2 years in business

By Arne Svendsen, Industrial Digitisation Advisor at 

At ASTICON, we marked the 2 years anniversary on the 14th June this year. It´s been an exciting journey – serving a number of ambitious customers in our core competence areas. Most of the work is of course delivered under non-disclosure agreements, but we are allowed to mention two of these customers, which are Chr Hansen and Flügger.
See the customer recommendation from Chr Hansen in the information-box below, and look forward to the one from Flügger in the next ASTICON blog update.
Chr Hansen is a world leading manufacturer of food & pharma cultures and enzymes, as well as natural colors and probiotic natural cultures.In 2019 ranked as the world´s most sustainable company. Chr Hansen Ranked #1

The Mission of ASTICON stands - as it was defined in Juni 2018:
The mission is to help production companies to successfully implement their Business Strategy with optimal use of Factory IT solutions and to help engage staff at every level from CEO to shop floor.

Example of deliveries

  • Defining MES/Industrial-IoT strategy
  • Sourcing/vendor processes:
    • MES Product selection processes
    • Assessment of MES project suppliers (MES-integrators)
    • TCO, Life cycle cost calculations
  • Enterprise Architect activities:
    • Overall architecture definitions.
    • ERP-integration,
    • MES/Batch applications,
    • Integration to Plant floor automation
  • Technical project management, where architectural skills are needed
  • Focus at the full life-cycle, including:
    • Application upgrade and maintenance
    • 24x7 Support setup

During the first two years it has been a pleasure to work with and for our customers on those deliveries. Is has been an equally great experience to engage in projects with some of the leading IT-suppliers in the Manufacturing-IT area:

Also thanks to:

  • Dennis Brandl at BR&L Consulting, US-based Industrial-IT advisory.
  • Carsten Nøkleby at SESAM, a danish Industrial-IT networking society.

Dennis and Carsten are real thought leaders of the Industrial-IT knowledge space, and always helpful when sparring is needed, e.g. around the PackML, ISA-88 and ISA-95 standard.

Kunde reference Chr Hansen:

ASTICON har været en stor hjælp for Chr. Hansen i forbindelse med udarbejdelsen af en omfattende MES- og automationsløsning til en ny fabrik.

Arne Svendsen har især hjulpet med at definere den overordnede arkitektur for løsningen, i validering og test af løsningen, samt i den projektledelse og strategiudarbejdelse, der har ligget til grund for projektet. Dette har indbefattet koordinering og afholdelse af møder, udarbejdelse af dokumentation samt konkret sparring i forhold til at definere, hvordan løsningens forskellige elementer har skulle kodes.

Der er altid fokus på det væsentlige i de forskellige udfordringer/opgaver.

Vi har bl.a. værdsat følgende egenskaber i projektledelse og IT-arkitekt arbejdet

  • Overblik over IT-arkitekturen for SAP/MES integration
  • Økonomisk overblik og ansvarlighed
  • Overholder milestones og deadlines
  • Leverandørkontakt
  • Leverandørstyring (af eksterne MES integratorer )
  • God mødestyrer
  • Empati

Med venlig hilsen

Kristian Nikolaj Hohol
Team Lead – Manufacturing Execution Systems
MES - Global IT
Chr. Hansen A/S – Jernholmen 1-27 – 2650 Hvidovre – Denmark
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