The decision to implement an entire new ERP-system was no small feat. It will take time and is a long and thorough process. ─ This isn’t merely an IT-project, but rather a restructuring of the entire systems of the company, says managing director of UMF, Olaf Ødegård

The “heart” of the company

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) will take care of all processes in the entire production-chain of the company. All processes such as sales, purchasing, project follow-up, production and the inventory is coordinated into one specific solution. In addition, all variants of existing software will be integrated into the new system.

─ There has been a formidable development of ERP systems in the last four to five years. The solution we have chosen is future-oriented and ensures us a good position for further development.

─ Being able to connect the CNC-machines to the system and using real-time data is something we have been looking forward to, Ødegård explains.

The solution we have chosen is future-oriented and ensures us a good position for further development.

Olaf Ødegård – Managing Director, Uvdal Maskinfabrikk. 

Several candidates on the table

The restructuring-project is something Uvdal Maskinfabrikk has been working on for several years already. ─After a long and thorough selection process, we were left with a few candidates. Our choice fell on Monitor ERP System, specifically their G5 version. Monitor develops systems that are tailored for production and industrial companies. With a huge market share in Sweden, they are now ready to expand their market to Norway and several other nordic countries.

─ We find Monitor’s expansion to other countries extremely positive. This is a huge benefit for UMF and we look forward to further collaboration with Monitor in the future. ─ In addition to great functionality Monitor has really invested a lot in the user experience. It is impressive that they have managed to make such a complex and intricate system so user-friendly and simple, Ødegård emphasizes. Uvdal Maskinfabrikk will also have access to Monitor Academy, an online training program, that will ensure a smooth transition to the new system in the spring of 2022.

Learn more about Monitor G5 in the video below.

Specially adapted for production companies

Mikael Ekblom in Monitor ERP System says that the G5 is very well adapted to UMF’s needs.

─ We specialize directly towards production companies, this is our greatest strength. In that sense, UMF is a very good match for us at Monitor. In Sweden our market share is 43%, and now that we are investing in Norway, we also expect significant growth here as well.

─ We specialize directly towards production companies, this is our greatest strength.

Mikael Ekblom – Monitor ERP. 

─ The unique thing about Monitor G5 is that all customers get the exact same version of the program. Everyone has access to the same feature packed system and the different tools that comes with it. Then we simply adapt the user interface to suit each company.

─ This means that we can continuously roll out new updates and improvements so that the system is never going to be outdated, Ekblom explains.

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We would like to thank you for the good cooperation in the past year and wish all our business associates a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Uvdal Maskinfabrikk will be closed from and including 23rd of December until and including 2nd of January. Last receipt/delivery must be processed during Wednesday 22nd of December 2:00 PM. We reopen Monday 3rd of January with normal opening hours.

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Autumn has arrived, and with the winter darkness right around the corner it is important to see and be seen. Therefore, Uvdal Maskinfabrikk has sponsored grades one through four at Rødberg and Uvdal schools with brand new reflective vests. 

Be visible in the autumn darkness

With its black and wet asphalt, autumn might be the time of year when it is most difficult to spot pedestrians. However, with their new reflective vests from UMF, the children walking to school will be easier to spot.

– Children being visible on their way to school is definitely a priority to us. Our municipality is large and elongated, with many people riding school buses. Our pupils often stand by the roadside waiting for school transport. Therefore, it is essential to be seen. We have got no one to lose, and a safe school route is important, says Head of Department, Bård Halvorsen, at Rødberg school. 

– It is a great and positive initiative on UMF’s part. In one way or another, we all have knowledge of UMF. In addition to this initiative, they contribute to schools in many other ways; Placement of students during workweeks for example, Halvorsen points out. 

We cheer for each other and wish each other well.

Lars Granhaug – Headmaster at Uvdal School

Wants to contribute to a safe school route 

For Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, it is important to be team players and contribute to a safe local community. 

─ As a cornerstone company and one of the largest workplaces in the municipality, we believe that it is crucial to take care of the society we are part of. We are entirely dependent on the great people in our community.

─ Our children are the dearest we have, so it is a pleasure for UMF to contribute to increased safety along the school road. We also hope that the pupils think it is cool to be assigned their own reflective vest with the UMF logo. They probably know someone who works with us at the factory, says general manager at Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, Olaf Ødegård. 

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Uvdal Maskinfabrikk will be closed during week 29 and 30

Due to summer holidays, we will be closed during week 29 and 30. Last receipt/delivery must be processed within 14.00 Friday 16th of July.

We reopen Monday 2nd of August with ordinary opening hours.

We wish all our business contacts a GREAT SUMMER!

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Certificate of apprenticeship after two years at UMF

After two years as an apprentice at UMF, Trym has received the certificate of apprenticeship in industrial mechanics. With this grade completed, you´re very attractive in the current labour market as the demand for qualified labour in the industry is stable and many young people today choose academic education. In addition, Trym has shown an effort that is highly valued at UMF.

Trym has a personality and a desire to work that fit in well at UMF. We appreciate when young people arrive and challenge us who have been employed here for a long time. In this way, we unite new and old knowledge and innovate together

Atle Næsset, production / project manager UMF

Good support from colleagues

As an employer, UMF is concerned with investing in its employees and keeping it a good place to work. As a result, we have a solid and stable workforce so that we retain competence and experience within the company. This leads to quality and stability in the deliverance to our customers and partners.

The employees around Trym have been an important and good support for him during his apprenticeship and their safe guidance has contributed to Trym having managed this so well and passed the trade test.

I experienced gaining professional competence very quickly, precisely because I was thrown into new tasks. If there is something you are struggling to achieve, then of course you get good help from those who have worked here for a long time.

Trym Nordby Andersson, former apprentice UMF

Future opportunities

The technical education that Trym now has completed, is an important and solid foundation for any further education. With a certificate of apprenticeship in industrial mechanics, it is possible to take an engineering education, but first he is going to serve in the military.

When we need employees, we contact the best people for the job and Trym will clearly be a relevant candidate. We would like to thank Trym for his efforts over the past two years, congratulate him so much on the certificate and wish him the best of luck. “

Atle Næsset, production / project manager UMF

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– As an apprentice at Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, I have an interesting and varied workday with a good working environment.

I am an industrial mecanics apprentice, started my apprenticeship in August 2019 and will finish in August 2021.

As an apprentice in UMF, you get to try a lot of different things. Typical work tasks are mechanical assembly, hydraulic coupling and testing. I am set to do much of the same as those who are permanently employed here.

As an apprentice in UMF, you get to try a lot of different things

You get really thrown into it, and it’s very educational and exciting. I experienced professional competence very quickly, precisely because I was thrown into new tasks. If there is something you can not do, then of course you get good help from those who have worked here for a long time.

After my apprenticeship I will serve in the military, but it is quite possible that I will work here at UMF later. It is a good working environment here and a very good unity among the employees.

This is UMF

Uvdal Maskinfabrikk AS (UMF) was established in 1987 by founder Arve Flatin and investor Karl H. Høie. At that time, the defense industry in Kongsberg was the main market for the company.

The business eventually turned to oil and Subsea. With its constant development and growth, UMF became one of the driving forces behind the construction of Nore and Uvdal Næringspark, which was ready for occupancy in the year 2000. In 2008, Arve G Flatin AS acquired the entire ownership, and the company became 100% locally owned.

With an unwavering focus on quality and solid professional competence over a number of years, UMF has established itself as a recognized world-class Norwegian supplier.

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We are proud to present Olaf Ødegård as the new general manager at Uvdal Maskinfabrikk AS from 21.09.2020. He succeeds Betty-Karin Nørstebø, who will take on the role of KHMS leader from 21.09.2020. .

Ødegård has extensive industry experience, and has management experience from various roles.

We pride ourselves on being an attractive business that attracts us the right expertise. We look forward to having Olaf to lead our team in the further operation and development of Uvdal Maskinfabrikk AS.

I am very much looking forward to starting up in my job as general manager of Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, and am both happy and proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the further development of UMF.” – Olaf Ødegård 

Olaf Ødegård

When Kongsberg company Argos Solutions delivers a Panel Repair System (PRS) to one of its US customers shortly, it is with parts from Uvdal Maskinfabrikk (UMF).

The new agreement between the two local companies came into force on 15 January 2021, and is the latest in a series of cooperation agreements.

UMF delivers the repair unit to Argos’ solution 

Argos Solutions and Uvdal Maskinfabrikk (UMF) have been working together since 2011, when Argos delivered the first fully automatic repair system to Europe’s largest Panel Repair System (PRS)manufacturer, UPM, in Finland. The product they will now supply, a Panel Repair System (PRS), allows the American customer to repair surfaces in wood.

“Instead of using manual labour to repair, for example, veneer plates and parquet automatically, the company can use this PRS system. The advantage is streamlining the process of producing veneer plates, and a safeguarding of the quality out to the end user,” explains Jan Sandok, Technical Manager at Argos Solutions.

Proud supplier of EPC projects

UMF supplies the repair unit used in Argos’s solution, and Hans Borge has been the responsible engineer in the preparation of the offer’s content. He explains that UMF will deliver engineering of the mechanical system and to the automation system.

In addition, UMF is responsible for the purchase of main parts, mechanical production of the system’s main parts, mechanical and electrical assembly. Assistance with adjustment and start-up of the system and technical documentation is also included in the agreement.

“We at UMF have been a proud supplier to Argos for many years. This EPC contract confirms that Argos appreciates the services and product quality that UMF delivers, which we are very pleased with,” says Olaf Ødegård, CEO of UMF.

The agreement helps to give UMF the opportunity to fortify itself even more strongly as a supplier of EPC projects, which is very important for the company.

“Through this agreement we have the opportunity to both build and maintain important expertise, and we believe we will deliver a product that Argos will be very pleased with this time as well,” says Ødegård. 

Olaf Ødegård, CEO of UMF.

Argos Solutions relies on safe and skilled suppliers 

UMF has been involved in the development of Argos PRS system, and knows the product well. Argos was the first company to develop and deliver this type of technology to the global market.

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“In collaboration with UMF, we have delivered orders for tens of millions. We depend on having safe and skilled suppliers on the team, and appreciate our collaboration with UMF. We are proud that we can deliver the best systems to this industry together,” says Jan Sandok, Technical Manager at Argos Solutions.

“In UMF, Argos has a solid partner with good production expertise and capacity, which is very valuable for us. As a global supplier, Argos relies on partners who deliver on quality and on time,” he continues.

Growth through quality and innovation 

Both Kongsberg-based Argos and Uvdal Maskinfabrikk have put a very good year behind them. They are known for their high-quality deliveries. For both companies, 2020 was the best year ever, with solid growth in turnover.

Argos Solutions has installed systems all over the world, and focuses on quality and innovation.

“We are keen to use local suppliers and think it is great that we can be a world leader in this segment together with UMF in Numedal,” says Sandok.

The society around us is largely digitized, and Uvdal Maskinfabrikk has decided to join the digital journey.

With a new graphical profile and upgraded presence in digital channels, UMF is now well equipped for future digital communication.

“We are very pleased with the profile change and are excited to finally be able to launch it,” the general manager of Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, Olaf Ødegård, says with a smile. .

Restructuring and innovation 

In the recent years, Uvdal Maskinfabrikk has been involved in a restructuring project called Industri 4.0, under the auspices of Kongsberg Innovation. On the road to restructuring, change and innovation, it became natural to also modernize the graphic profile to clarify precisely these changes.

“The profile change is part of the restructuring of the UMF. We will be more visible and want to reach a larger and wider audience. In this respect, the change of logo, new colour profile and new websites is a clear signal that we are thinking long-term and that we are developing and moving forward,” says Ødegård.

With the new profile of Uvdal Maskinfabrikk, the visual expression is lifted and continued, so that the old profile is still recognizable. The people and the values are the same.

Camilla (left) works as a designer at Akari, and has developed the upgraded profile of UMF.

“The logo now has a slightly more angular shape, but it is still round at the edges. Direction and expertise are keywords: UMF wants to go up and forward. The colour is also freshened up. It is clearer, and the whole profile has a cleaner feel. The new fonts are simple and modern, and speak well with the rest of the elements,” describes Camilla Walaker in Akari, who has designed it all.

The UMF manager is very pleased with the new website, both in terms of the colour composition and the ease of use.

Increased visibility and interaction 

Ødegård says that UMF will continue to use traditional channels such as newspapers, fairs and the like.

“However, digital channels make it easier to communicate news while they are news, and we can reach a larger audience.”

Digital platforms give the company ample opportunities to reach well-known actors and partners, and can help UMF find new opportunities in the market. UMF has a strong local foundation and is a cornerstone business. By being more strongly represented digitally, they have the opportunity to inform locally and regionally about what they are doing and who they are, in a better way.

“The possibility of interactive interaction via the digital platforms is something we look forward to. Feedback is something we need and want, and all the digital platforms are a great venue for it,” Ødegård concludes enthusiastically.

See more photos of the upgraded profile below: