LapWall Oy is a company known for positive news. Established in 2012 in Pyhäntä, the company manufactures prefabricated wood elements and has since the very beginning been going its own way. In mid-March 2017, the company announced that it would recruit during the next few years a total of 200 new employees in their new Keuruu plant with the only competence requirement being the right attitude – LapWall would teach the rest.
LapWall is also a new customer of Roima. What the two companies have in common is an inspiring future vision and a strong belief in what they do. Both companies think big, and have decided to show the world that they can achieve what they dream of.
Getting the foundation right
The collaboration began in August 2016 with a phone call made by LapWall’s CEO Jarmo Pekkarinen. The company’s strong growth had created new needs, especially in regard to information technology. In fact, the company was lacking proper IT systems altogether – sales configuration was done in Excel and operations were managed in SharePoint.
Through his previous position at the Finnish forest machine manufacturer Ponsse, Pekkarinen already had experience of Roima’s product data management system, Aton. Thus, he invited Roima’s specialists for a visit, hoping to see a mind-blowing system demo. That, however, was not what he got. Instead, Roima’s specialists thoroughly investigated LapWall’s needs, after which it was together concluded that the system acquisitions would have to wait.
Roima’s specialists knew from experience that the implementation of new systems would not make any sense before the company’s product information and master data would be put in order first. Otherwise the endeavour would result in nothing but high development costs and inefficient operations – in other words, wasted time and money. Therefore, before discussing any system acquisitions, the company would need a to itemize its products to get a valid item base. This would also help the product modularization.
Good Item is the basis
Companies need up-to-date items to be able to harness their product information and production data for lucrative use and to truly support their business goals. Therefore, Roima’s Good Item concept was put into action. During the project, LapWall was defined with its own Corporate Dictionary, product data model and modulation principles. The Good Item project was carried out in close cooperation in October and November.
ERP as the bearing structure
Once the foundation was laid, it was possible to build a system on it which would ensure that the foundation would stay strong in future as well. Roima’s CodeMaster was implemented for the maintenance of item data and product cards.
At the same time, Roima Pre-Study was launched to chart L
apWall’s ERP needs. In connection with the pre-study, the methods of use were simulated using Lean System ERP. Because the items and product modules had already been well thought through, the pre-study was finished ahead of time and ERP PoC was presented to LapWall’s management.
Close fittings and faultless facade
During the specification of ERP functions, the companies detected a strong need to more efficiently manage LapWall’s documentation throughout projects. As a document management solution, Roima’s specialists proposed Aton Documentor. The advantage of the Aton Documentor system is a permanent connection to the company’s item data, as the system runs in the same database.
Transparent as a window
Pekkarinen is satisfied with the cooperation with Roima. The projects are running smoothly, and results are being delivered within the promised time frames. In March 2017, LapWall’s system architecture and use situations were verified so well that the companies already signed a delivery contract on Lean System ERP and Aton Documentor systems.
LapWall’s ERP system will be deployed in production environment after the summer holidays in August 2017, and all the company’s information systems – Aton Documentor, CodeMaster and Lean System ERP – will function together seamlessly. By that time, it has been a year since the first contact between the two companies, and LapWall’s growth has continued strong. The know-how and system package acquired from Roima ensure that the production will run smoothly even as the volumes increase, and all LapWall’s plans, manufactured elements and delivered buildings will be well documented. All data is reusable and up to date, and stored in a safe place for years to come.
The time freed from routine work and information searching will be allocated for innovation. Thus, LapWall is again a step closer to its spectacular goals: to be able to build a house from the foundations to a ready-to-move-in condition in just three weeks, and to become the largest manufacturer of wooden element houses in the Scandinavia.
The whole package from a single supplier
With the LEKO® element solution developed by LapWall, the company’s clients can get a major part of their building project done with a single contract. By selecting a broad delivery content, the risks of building projects can be minimized. In fact, Roima’s clients can enjoy the same kind of ease and convenience; they will receive support for boosting their operations in everything from planning and design to manufacturing and warehousing – indeed for the management of the entire supply chain.
Started up in 2012 in Pyhäntä, LapWall’s goal is to become the market leader in wood construction in Scandinavia and to achieve a revenue of 360 million euros. Currently, LapWall has three production plants in Finland: one in Pyhäntä, on in Pälkäne and one in Keuruu. The company exports to Sweden, Norway and the Baltic Countries, and the exports account for approximately a quarter of the company’s total revenue.