Åke Persson, founder of Monitor, 1942 † 2016
Åke Persson was born in a farmer home in a small village called Ytterhavra in the north-west of Hälsingland. In his early years he helped out on the farm. During the winters he worked as a lumberman in the forest. Early on Åke had ideas about making things more effective and how to streamline work methods. But he did not always receive support for his ideas.
Åke’s inner drive took him from the farm in Ytterhavra out into “the world” at an early age. As a teenager he went to Forsbacka in Gästrikland and got a job in the ironworks’ smithy. It was hard work. After a brief period at the ironworks in Forsbacka, Åke went on to the ironworks in Sandviken. Later on Åke studied to become an engineer and started working as a production engineer and time and motion study man on the industries in and around Hudiksvall.
In 1974 Åke founded a company called Verkstadsteknik Persson & Co and worked as a consultant with rationalizations in industries. Over the years Åke gained a vast experience regarding time and motion studies and he also collected a great amount of processing data.
When Luxor launched the microcomputer ABC-80 in the late1970′s, Åke got an idea. Why not create a computer program for such computers and enter all processing data he had collected in his spreadsheets? Åke realized that the new microcomputers would soon be common in companies and then he would be able to sell his computer software to them. This software would help the manufacturing companies to make accurate calculations of their production costs.
Åke got in contact with a software programmer he knew. Åke described his idea of a computer software for calculating processing time. From Åke’s instructions the programmer coded the software. The programmer in question did all the work in his spare time since he already had a full-time job at Iggesunds Bruk.
Åke’s brother Morgan had at this time finished his engineering education and joined the company. Åke and Morgan began touring trade fairs and demonstrate the computer software on a Luxor ABC-80. Soon Åke hired more staff and the software grew into an MRP system (Manufacturing Resource Planning) called MONITOR.
Morgan and Åke at Tekniska Mässan in 1983.
Over the years the MRP system has been further developed into the MONITOR ERP system which today is a complete ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) for manufacturing companies.
In 1982 the company had six employees and delivered their first MONITOR MRP system. In 1993, the company changed its name to Monitor Industriutveckling AB. And in 1996, the company moved to newer, larger offices in Hudiksvall, Sweden.
In the fall of 2012, the company changed its name to Monitor ERP System AB. The new name mirrors Monitor’s increased expansion on the international market.
During the spring of 2016, Åke Persson passed away after a short period of health problems. He was surrounded by his closest family. Åke was 73 years old. Åke’s son, Jörgen Persson, took over the ownership of Monitor ERP System AB. Jörgen’s will is that the company’s direction and employees will continue to develop the company. The company is not the same without Åke, but the Monitor spirit, the spirit created by Åke, still remains and keeps moving the company forward.
The computer software for calculation of processing times which was originally created, is still a part of the MONITOR ERP system. It is now a procedure called “Time Calculation”.