A technical paper is available from Forcam, the factory shop-floor networking specialist, on the use of digital information to boost workshop productivity. Looking specifically at the role of the machine-shop operator it explains how each manufacturing process can be supported with a bespoke package of information in the form of a digital production folder.
Every production process has unique requirements. Work instructions, parts lists, tooling needs, NC programs, drawings and a host of other information essential to complete the task successfully. This can be downloaded direct to the operator’s workstation screen by Forcam’s manufacturing execution system software, Factory Framework.
Digitally archived manufacturing information is more effectively managed, it is easily updated and access can be provided on a controlled basis. The system retains full traceability of changes, recording what alterations were made to what part of the specification by whom, when, and why.
Forcam’s UK managing director Andrew Steele noted, “How often, with the best intentions, are parts wrongly manufactured? This costs time, increases scrap material or rework and upsets schedules, all because the operator had out of date information. No longer does the operator have to waste time searching for drawings or key specification information – everything that is needed can be held in a digital production folder, enabling the technician to get straight on with the task.”
The digital production folder software is designed to easily integrate with other third-party software. Data can be streamed automatically from and to TDM Systems tool data management package, for example.
Engineers wishing to access a PDF version of the Forcam paper can download it from: http://www.forcam.com/en/content/case-studies-white-papers.
The company will also be happy to provide further advice on any aspect of MES implementation.
Press release issued: April 16, 2015
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