Digital Visual Management - how you can evolve towards a Factory of the Future

Digital Visual Management - hoe je kan evolueren naar een Factory of the Future
Operational Excellence
Factory of the Future
Visual Management

"You cannot imagine that we are actually producing in the 21st century." This is a statement that you may have heard before; or maybe you have already made such a statement yourself. It possibly had to do with one of the following situations:

  • A production order has already finished when it appears that the settings of a machine were incorrect. Result – Rework or Scrap!
  • At the end of the shift, the line managers record the production quota on a sheet, and then copy it to the Excel file. While they are doing this, they wonder who is ever going to look at this data.
  • Your technician is busy with the less urgent optimisation of a line, while the busiest line has been standing still for an hour. The next day, his supervisor enquires about the cause of this 'downtime'.
  • The batch-linked documents are not available at the start of the order. The consequence - simply walk over to planning to pick them up.

Imagine that you could convert your production site to a Factory of the Future today.

A site where orders are automatically generated based on the needs of the customer and the availability of the raw materials from the supplier. A site where these production orders are electronically "pushed" to your work centre, including the correct machine settings. A site where these machines automatically track when there have been downtimes, how long they lasted, and which part of the machine was involved. A site where a real-time ANDON dashboard based on the machine PLC gives all parties an overview of the status of the work centres. A site where automatic reporting follows from the electronic logging of the stoppages. This is possibly still a long way off, but is nevertheless worth the effort of allowing your company to grow towards the Factory of the Future.

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