Time Recording in Production Automation
As a supplier to the automotive industry and a specialist in machine and apparatus construction, Allgaier always focuses on one aspect: efficient processes and the interaction between man and machine.
In the past, activity records and material and operation bookings were entered manually in day cards, particularly in the production area. This work step was carried out by the machine operator who collected the cards gave into the workshop office. There, several employees transferred this paper data to the existing IT systems. As a result, this process was time-consuming, costly and personnel-intensive. In order to make these processes more efficient, Allgaier started looking for a suitable solution. After careful research, Allgaier decided on nuveon mHub. The Manufacturing Execution System (MES), based on flexible Wiki technology, addresses a wide range of requirements of modern manufacturing companies due to its modular structure. A basic functionality is also the time recording.
The flexible, web-based solution approach from nuveon mHub accelerated the introduction of the solution, which went live after 3 months.
"The competent advice during the project in combination with the very good response times in the support case were two outstanding points for us that made implementation much easier," explains Thomas Wendland, responsible for CAD / CAM administration in the automotive area at Allgaier.
Processes that were previously paper-driven have given way to a transparent process, which, for example, simplifies the recording of time paths on the milling machines: time and material bookings can now be recorded electronically directly at the workplace via a terminal with a web interface. There was no need for a local installation.
As a result, the potential for errors due to unclear or incorrectly filled out daily or machine cards has been minimized. It was also possible to reduce the number of personnel resources that had previously been carried out by manually transferring data to the IT systems.
“The increased degree of automation in our processes is a real productivity gain for everyone involved. The intuitive and easy-to-understand user interface of nuveon mHub made a significant contribution to this, with which we were able to dispense with lengthy training for employees on the machines” continues Wendland.
Once the data has been recorded, it is now available to everyone involved for immediate further processing - a point that is particularly important is an important aspect in interaction with the Infor ERP system.
Infor was integrated into the overall process via the standardized nuveon interface. In this way, predefined evaluations can now be generated in a shorter time. Among other things, this supports the calculation of manufacturing costs in real time or enables statements to be made about downtimes. Corresponding reports were already the basis for investments in the production area, for example to further improve set-up times.
“Thanks to nuveon mHub, we are now able to set up a continuous, paperless process - starting with construction, through production, to controlling. In doing so, it is guaranteed at all times that we are working with the latest data - an important aspect in demanding projects, on-time and customer-oriented production” sums up Wolfgang Weber, Head of Organization and Application Programming at Allgaier.
In the future, the company plans to further expand the use of nuveon mHub. An introduction to component production and the press shop is planned. The experience already gained and the advantages achieved are intended to serve as the basis for the continuous optimization of manufacturing processes. Allgaier expects to open up additional potential benefits, particularly in the recording of series parts' quantities.
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