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

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* Implements Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) 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 manufacturing solutions experts, Kingslake in order to streamline and optimize its production capabilities by using Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS).

Through the partnership, Lalan Rubbers will gain the ability to seamlessly manage scheduling across its entire production process, while also benefiting from advanced planning capabilities. This 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, a news release of the subject said.

“Planning is the only certain thing in an uncertain time. With digitalization manufacturers – large and small- we are now able to react quickly and intelligently to unexpected changes in the supply chain. Through this partnership we are enabling a quantum leap in our production capabilities, leveraging advanced planning and scheduling capabilities which will bolt on to our existing systems. These investments are aligned with national efforts to enhance the domestic rubber industry, while providing our enterprise with an invaluable competitive edge,” Lalan Rubbers CEO Manjula Mahadanaarachchi said.

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

Elaborating on the Siemens OpCentre APS Kingslake Head – Business Solutions, Mohamed Sheriffdeen said: “With this implementation, the team at Lalan receives 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 optimize production across all of their orders at once, in real-time.”

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

“From the outset, our mission has been to enable local manufacturers to excel, from product concept, design and manufacture, to delivery. Leveraging expertise and capabilities built up throughout our 15 year-long partnership with Siemens, we have actively supported diverse organizations in enhancing their efficiency and expanding productivity – from value added tea to furniture, rubber-based products to complex electronics, high fashion apparel to elastics, packaging to plastics, molds to tools, and electrical devices to glass. Our clients have generated increased profits using our solutions and expertise,” said Duleep Fernando CEO Kingslake.

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.

 

 



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Dialog Axiata revolutionizes digital payment acceptance for small business owners

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eZ Cash, Sri Lanka’s Largest Mobile Money platform has enabled instant access for small businesses to accept contactless and remote payments using LANKAQR. With the Central Bank of Sri Lanka led initiative to digitize small value payments in Sri Lanka through an inter-operable, standardized LANKAQR, Dialog Axiata PLC (“Dialog”) is committed to empowering the nation with simple, easy solutions which add value to small businesses who are now able to self register for this service through their mobile phones.

Small business and self employed persons such as retailers, street vendors, three wheelers etc. with a Dialog mobile number can now download the eZ Cash app and use a simple registration process to sign-up for an eZ Cash Classic Wallet at no additional cost. On using the “MyQR” feature via the eZ Cash app, they can start accepting payments from their customers using their unique LANKAQR code. Payments can be accepted from any mobile banking app or payment wallet in the country which has enabled LANKAQR transactions, and proceeds will be received instantly to their wallet. Transactions using the LANKAQR payment network will be charged a nominal fee of 0.5% of the transaction value. Businesses are able to withdraw cash from the wallet at over 20,000 eZ Cash retailers located island wide or at any commercial bank ATM. Proceeds from the wallet can be used to settle over 100 utility or institutional payments to companies such as CEB, LECO, the Water Board, SLIC, AIA, Ceylinco Insurance, HNB Finance, CDB, AMW Finance etc. eZ Cash Wallet holders can also send money to an eZ Cash Wallet or pay for good and services at any retailer in the country which has enabled LANKAQR payment acceptance.

The revolutionary MyQR solution can also be used by online businesses to accept payments by posting a saved image of their LANKAQR code on their website or Facebook page. Businesses can also accept remote payments from their customers by forwarding their saved LANKAQR code via email and WhatsAapp so that customers can scan the image of the LANKAQR code and make payments through their bank’s mobile payment app which has enabled LANKAQR. Payments to the value of Rs. 10,000 per day can be accepted into an eZ Cash Classic Wallet while payments in excess of this value and up to Rs. 50,000 per day can be enabled through an eZ Cash Power Wallet. Customers can enhance their Classic eZ Cash Wallet to a Power Wallet by visiting any Dialog Customer Experience Centre or Service Centre.

 

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Latest model of OPPO F- Series tipped to launch in March

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It is learnt that OPPO is set to unveil the latest addition to their range – the F19 Series in early March 2021. A rectangular camera module with four lenses, LED flash, and AI support adorns the rear design of the F19 Pro while a smart band which may get launched simultaneously – is seen alongside, in a post revealing the series.

OPPO F19 Pro looks quite elegant its design & features a button on the right side which is believed to be the power on/off button. As per the poster image, there is no physical fingerprint sensor at the back panel, which suggests the phone might come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

While OPPO might be working on the low-light camera performance, it is also suggested that it will have features like AI Colour Portrait Video, and Dual-View Video, which allow recording videos from both front and rear cameras.

Wrapped in Ultra Slim Body, the device is tipped to come in at least two shades.

The OPPO Smart Band could also be expected in Sri Lanka alongside the launch of the new F19 Series, similar to the OPPO watch which was released with OPPO F17 Pro. The Smart Band is said to handle message notifications which will include incoming call notification & call rejection, apart from having whole host of other features. Both products are expected to be in stores from mid- March 2021.

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Hirdaramani takes bold new steps in transparency

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The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for its energy usage. With this robust tracking standard, the group hopes to add new layers of accountability and credibility to its operations, living up to the commitments outlined in the company’s own sustainability vision.

As Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs), I-RECs serve to increase transparency in the energy sector and provide clarity about the use of renewable electricity among end-consumers. The I-REC Standard (www.irecstandard.org) ensures that issued certificates comply with major international sustainability and carbon accountability standards and adhere to stakeholder expectations of industry best practice for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. The system also helps individual companies seeking to improve their environmental credentials, while raising awareness among consumers and industry players.

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