How has Pharmapac remained a New Zealand industry leader since 1980? 


Pharmapac was started by Lance Hopwood in 1980, moulding products for a range of pharmaceutical and supplement companies. Significant investment in new machines and plant was made in 2008 as well as moving manufacturing into a new facility on Auckland’s North Shore.

Today Pharmapac has a significant position in the NZ rigid packaging market.

Brett Hopwood, Pharmapac’s General Manager says Pharmapac’s focus is their customers. “We pride ourselves on knowing as much about our customers’ business as they do”

This focus on the customer was part of the reason Pharmapac installed AspectPL in 2014.

“The traceability AspectPL provides, gives our customers confidence that we can meet quality, capacity and delivery requirements.”

“Our customers are blown away when they see AspectPL on the big screen in our Production Manager’s office showing all the running jobs. The traceability AspectPL provides gives our customers confidence that we can meet their quality, capacity and delivery requirements.

AspectPL is software (with mobile apps) that helps manufacturing businesses gain visibility of their production processes so they can improve their OEE.
Planning and monitoring – Scheduling production and traceability of stock
Visibility - Real time data of work flows and production machines via a single PLC (programmable logic controller)
Integration - Making it simple to integrate production data to and from business systems (like ERP/MRP)

“I don’t know how we would have managed customer demand swings without AspectPL.”

Brett says “Live scheduling is immensely valuable. Our biggest driver to invest in AspectPL was because our resources had grown to a stage where it was getting hard to do manual scheduling. This decision has proved hugely useful for our Production Manager who now has visibility across the plant.

We use this data to help us cost our products and it’s very useful for planning machine purchases. We also use the AspectPL data to plan for customer demand. I don’t how we would have managed customer demand swings without AspectPL.”

How else has AspectPL helped the production team?

Nick Tienstra, Pharmapac’s Operations Manager explains.
“Our team can easily schedule jobs in the best order to handle change of colour or product. The data that AspectPL supplies helps us achieve efficiencies and gives us a benchmark so we can measure improvements.”

“AspectPL data helps us get a grasp on any quality issues – straight away.”

AspectPL data is used differently by management, production and quality teams. The Quality team takes full advantage of the traceability AspectPL offers. Brett explains.

“A big advantage is our Quality Manager has set up his quality checks in AspectPL. We know when a product was produced, who packed the job, what the QA results were, any job comments, any down times and the cycle times of the machine. We can go through all that information to get a grasp on any quality issues straight away. To find that information before we had AspectPL would not have been possible."

“AspectPL is good value…... the monthly subscription model works well for us.”

“AspectPT is NZ based which meant we are able to sit around the table and talk to their people. The AspectPT team made the install process easy and trouble free and they are open to making changes to suit our operation. We also feel its good value. I was very comfortable with the initial spend and the monthly software license fee subscription model works well for us.”


For more information, visit Aspect Productivity Technology Limited​


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