One of the most important new manufacturing
requirements is traceability. Today’s information systems offer great
opportunities to trace your product’s origin and
route through manufacturing better than ever before. While
sort of information stream has always been possible, for
many industries with tight margins and fierce competition
it has not been economically viable.
We can help you collect and organize your manufacturing
quality data in a straightforward fashion. We can then set
up reporting systems to allow your customer service functions
to quickly trace and resolve problems, before they reach
Accurate, Timely Data Collection
Much of the data being collected in
is simply not accurate, nor is it updated in a timely fashion.
Systems that are supposed to be real time often lag behind
the actual processes by many minutes or hours. If you manage
your operations by watching for signs of trouble and reacting
accordingly, inaccuracies and delays in your information
updates can make the difference between a minor bump and
a major spill.
We have a broad base of experience in collecting accurate
data that reflects accurately what is happening on the plant
floor. We know how to keep the data up to date, without introducing
extra manufacturing time in the process.
Information System Driven Process Parameters
Today, manufacturers are requiring more
and more systems that produce multiple product variations.
a food batching system that produces 31 flavors, or a
driveline assembly system producing a range of automobile
systems must be able to recognize which product is being
made, and adjust settings accordingly.
In most cases, multiple product parameters originate at
the product design level, in an effort to meet the needs
of marketing a single product type to dozens of narrow niche
markets, each with its own special requirements, in a cost
effective way. Often, these parameters travel through QA,
manufacturing engineering, production control, and other
functions, eventually ending up in the hands of computer
and control systems programmers, who modify the code and
go through testing cycles to verify that the new products
will be made to specification.
We can provide you with systems that let you manage product
feature parameters at a single point of entry, and that can
update your plant floor controls with the new product information
in the blink of an eye. We can even give you proposed stage
and approved stage iterations, with user authentication,
change management control, and historical retrieval.
Tightly Integrated Interactive Process Control
Today’s control systems are ever
more sophisticated. However, there are times when a process
vision or thermographic analysis, with an expert system
outside the machine control to crunch the numbers.
We have special expertise in developing applications that
can operate such high tech processes, tightly integrating
them with the machine control to achieve maximum throughput
with minimum error.