We are often asked where the best place to start is when engaging with lean for the first time. The answer to this question really depends upon who we are talking to, and what industry they are in.
There's no doubt that MachineMetrics is a seriously valuable tool for manufacturers: by providing visualizations of real-time manufacturing production data, instant notifications as well as historical analytics, we allow manufactuers to make faster, smarter, more confident decisions based on real-time data. The value? We drive manufacturing efficiency by more than 20% on average for our customers.
The faster and easier it is to understand your data, the bigger the impact it is going to have on the way you do business. Learning about a problem a week later is not half as useful as knowing it today.
Quality Tracking and Reporting
There is no better cost to eliminate than the cost of poor quality. Scrap material and lost labor hours add no value to an operation. Poor quality leads to unhappy customers. Unhappy customers leads to lost business. In order to best eliminate these wastes, a strategic approach to quality improvement is essential.
Knowing why machines are not running is key to understanding machine utilization problems. The machine data tells us that the machine is down and any faults that might have led to it, but the operators are the only ones that know the full context of the machine downtime. At MachineMetrics, we've created the best solution to gathering this information. Having a touchscreen at each machine with an intuitive interface that asks the operator to categorize downtime as it's happening allows this information to be made available in real-time to managers in downtime pareto charts. For some events such as tool changeovers or part changeovers, these downtimes can be categorized automatically from machine data by the MachineMetrics rules engine.
Let's dive a little deeper to learn how MachineMetrics helps you both understand and reduce your downtime.
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, MachineMetrics collects data from machine controls for the entire production floor and uses this data to monitor machine conditions (faults, status, tool utilization), production (OEE & Machine Utilization), work-order status, quality tracking and downtime reasons. While the machine data we collect tells us when machines are down and any faults that might have led to it, the operators are the only ones that know the full context of the machine downtime.
This week's blog post is written by Paul Critchley, President of New England Lean Consulting:
The MachineMetrics’ Performance Dashboard is an easy to use, intuitive interface that gives factory workers the information they need to make faster, more confident decisions. Simple color-coding provides an at-a-glance indication if the job is performing at or below expectations (against Parts Goal or OEE metrics) and is measured in real-time. It is one of the most basic yet powerful tools in the MachineMetrics platform.
MachineMetrics is known for it's simplicity and beautiful dashboards displayed on big TV's installed across the shop floor to drive productivity. Our latest release adds a new dashboard that will be especially appealing to managers and executives. The new Historical Performance Dashboard will display Utilization, OEE, or Parts Goal for the current day or shift and the previous 4 periods. It provides a summary of all machines, and lists each individual machine or group of machines (your choice). We've designed the dashboard so that in full-screen mode it occupies the entire screen and can easily display 24 machines or groups on a single display on a TV mounted traditionally and as many as 80 machines or groups when the TV is mounted vertically (portrait) mode.