Lalan Rubbers targets rising global demand for latex gloves, boosts production using Kingslake solutions

Lalan Rubbers targets rising global demand for latex gloves, boosts production using Kingslake solutions

  • Implements advanced planning and scheduling system to increase throughput 
  • Gearing up for rapidly increasing demand for quality rubber gloves in the ‘new normal’    
  • Leverages robust capabilities of the Siemens OpCentre APS

Pioneering regional plantation company and vertically integrated rubber manufacturer, Lalan Rubbers, announced a groundbreaking partnership with Sri Lanka’s leading IT and Enterprise Resource Planning experts, Kingslake in order to streamline and optimize its production capabilities.

Through the partnership, Lalan Rubbers will be able to manage scheduling across its entire production process, while also gaining advanced planning capabilities that will enable the company to respond in real-time to fluctuations in supply and demand, all within a single system implemented by Kingslake and leveraging the robust capabilities of the Siemens OpCentre APS.

“Digitalization is changing everything, and manufacturers – large and small- must be able to react quickly and intelligently to unexpected changes in the supply chain in order to succeed in today’s market. Kingslake is enabling a major leap forward in our production capabilities. These investments will bring us in alignment with the national efforts to enhance the domestic rubber industry while providing our enterprise with an invaluable competitive edge,” Lalan Rubbers CEO Manjula Mahadanaarachchi stated. 

According to Lalan Rubbers Head of Information Technology, Rasika S.Priyantha the implementation with Kingslake is extremely timely giving the surging global demand for rubber latex gloves in a variety of fields from medical, chemical, food processing, janitorial, construction, and electrical engineering.

“With the increase in global demand of gloves and the uncertainty we currently live in, we needed robust advanced planning and scheduling tool to ensure we are on top of our game when it comes to promising our clients a delivery date and keeping it. We also had to ensure successful integration with our existing ERP/MRP systems which were developed in-house. Kingslake was the obvious choice given their proven track record of helping manufacturers use IT solutions to enable manufacturing excellence.”

Elaborating on the capabilities of the Siemens OpCentre Advanced Scheduling Kingslake Head – Business Solutions, Mohamed Sheriffdeen said: “Opcenter APS can be installed out of the box, and can be configured and customized where necessary. It can be used standalone to manage planning and scheduling, and is also designed for integration with other software such as ERP, MES, Data collection, Forecasting, Demand Planning and OEE applications,” he noted.

“With this implementation, we are essentially providing the team at Lalan with an interactive, multi-constraint plant scheduling system which will enable them to rapidly schedule orders using intelligent built-in rules, as well as an automated planner that can interact with the schedule as needed. This will provide unprecedented visibility and control to the management team, enabling them to better to optimize production across all of their orders at once, in real-time.”

Opcenter APS (formerly known as “Preactor” APS) solution is specifically developed to meet such requirements using advanced algorithms that balance demand and capacity to generate effective, achievable production schedules.

“For the past 25 plus years Kingslake’s focus has been providing fit for purpose, state of the art solutions to local manufacturers,” said Duleep Fernando CEO of Kingslake. “Together with the expertise in-house and the slew of best of breed solutions, our mission is to enable local manufacturing to excel from product concept, design & manufacture to delivery. From value-added Tea to Furniture, Rubber-based products to complex electronics, high fashion apparel to elastics, packaging to plastics, moulds to tools, electrical devices to glass, our clients have generated increased profits using our solutions and expertise.”

Since its inception in 1994, Kingslake has focused on providing software to help mid-sized manufacturing companies grow. The company delivers state-of-the-art solutions built with a mix of best-of-breed ERP systems, specialized software solutions and experienced dynamic consultants. Today Kingslake continues to build and deliver fit-for-purpose software that enables customers to increase the visibility of their operations, be it customer service, inventory management, planning, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, HR, transport or finance.