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Digi­tal manu­fac­tu­ring assis­tance with prodwatch

pro­duc­tion made transparent

Chal­lenges in manu­al production

In ever­y­day life, we see simi­lar chal­lenges and issues with many of our cus­to­mers. In the end, they all revol­ve around incre­asing com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness, espe­ci­al­ly in a high-wage coun­try like Ger­ma­ny. This can be achie­ved through dif­fe­rent approa­ches, but first of all trans­pa­ren­cy must be brought into the pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses and valid actu­al data must be recor­ded. All this can be sim­pli­fied by digi­tal assis­tance solu­ti­ons like prodwatch. With prodwatch, you as plant mana­ger can obtain important infor­ma­ti­on at a glan­ce, such as the cur­rent sta­tus of pro­duc­tion and indi­vi­du­al work­sta­tions, actu­al quan­ti­ties, cycle times and many other key figu­res and infor­ma­ti­on. As an employee at the work­sta­tion, you gain secu­ri­ty in assem­bly and a quick reac­tion to unplan­ned dis­rup­ti­ons. With the fore­man call and depart­ment calls, the appro­pria­te sup­port can be cal­led direct­ly, who are then aler­ted via smart­watch or e‑mails. The qua­li­ty mana­gers and the manu­fac­tu­ring engi­nee­ring depart­ments also obtain a wide ran­ge of infor­ma­ti­on about pro­ducts and the manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess, which is incor­po­ra­ted into the con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ment process.

We lack a clear view in production 

Kno­wing what works. And abo­ve all: What is not working? 

Manu­fac­tu­ring cos­ts are get­ting out of hand 

Whe­re and why do such high cos­ts arise? 

We have qua­li­ty pro­blems in manufacturing 

In which pro­ces­ses and work steps are the causes? 

Our employees feel bad­ly informed 

How do we inform, moti­va­te and train our staff? 

Do you know the­se ques­ti­ons and pro­blem descriptions?

With prodwatch, the­se ques­ti­ons no lon­ger remain unans­we­red and Indus­try 4.0 beco­mes much more than a buz­zword or an end in itself!

prodwatch — digi­tal manufacturing

prodwatch is an all-in-one solu­ti­on for the digi­ti­sa­ti­on of assem­bly work­sta­tions. Each work­sta­tion rele­vant to the pro­duc­tion pro­cess is equip­ped with a touch panel. This enables a varie­ty of inter­ac­tions with the worker and the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. In this way, cur­rent infor­ma­ti­on can be dis­tri­bu­ted and mal­func­tions can be quick­ly repor­ted and reme­di­ed. Shift and pro­duc­tion super­vi­sors or main­ten­an­ce can use smart­wat­ches or an email alert to be quick­ly cal­led to the site. Lar­ge dis­plays in the fac­to­ry halls and pro­duc­tion offices crea­te a cle­ar­ly visi­ble trans­pa­ren­cy of pro­duc­tion, giving you an over­view of the pro­duc­tion sta­tus at all times. With the inte­gra­ted worker assis­tance func­tions, indi­vi­du­al work steps can be docu­men­ted and pro­ces­sed with gui­dance. This makes it pos­si­ble to quick­ly train new employees. It also ensu­res docu­men­ta­ti­on secu­ri­ty and tracea­bi­li­ty of indi­vi­du­al pro­ducts. With the resul­ting data, our cus­to­mers opti­mi­se, for exam­p­le, the syn­chro­ni­sa­ti­on of pro­duc­tion and eli­mi­na­te the cau­ses of fre­quent or long-las­ting mal­func­tions. Some of our cus­to­mers achie­ve ama­zing results with this (figu­res are esti­ma­ted state­ments from a total of 5 customers):

Reduc­tion of assem­bly errors
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More assem­bly performanc
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Fas­ter training
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Infor­med employees
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Modu­lar digi­ti­sa­ti­on solu­ti­ons for your con­ti­nuous improvement!

prodwatch is deli­bera­te­ly modu­lar in order to sup­port the con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ment pro­cess. Many of our cus­to­mers start with an andon appli­ca­ti­on, i.e. the dis­play and aler­ting of faults or other ope­ra­tio­nal mes­sa­ges. This is then usual­ly the nucleus for a varie­ty of ide­as that can be imple­men­ted ex works with the help of prodwatch and its num­e­rous func­tions. We offer a total of three soft­ware modules:

prodwatch andon 

Our Andon modu­le brings trans­pa­ren­cy to your pro­duc­tion! Your key figu­res and the sta­tus of pro­duc­tion can be visua­li­sed on lar­ge dis­plays and with the inte­gra­ted alarm solu­ti­ons you can react quick­ly to downtimes. 

prodwatch andon 

With prodwatch andon you can quick­ly and easi­ly crea­te your own screen con­tent for your andon boards. Sim­ply choo­se from a varie­ty of wid­gets in the inte­gra­ted gra­phic edi­tor, such as sta­tus dis­plays, OEE dis­plays or shift and cycle clocks. The included alarm manage­ment reports mal­func­tions or pro­duc­tion inter­rup­ti­ons direct­ly to the appro­pria­te cont­act per­son and escala­tes long-las­ting mal­func­tions. This gives you trans­pa­ren­cy for your production. 

prodwatch beat 

Cycle time recor­ding and eva­lua­tions are pos­si­ble with the prodwatch modu­le beat. Mea­su­re actu­al times, dis­play the remai­ning cycle time on the andon screens and record all infor­ma­ti­on around pro­duc­tion orders and the feed­back of indi­vi­du­al work­sta­tion completions! 

prodwatch beat 

With prodwatch beat you get valid data to bet­ter syn­chro­ni­se pro­duc­tion with seve­ral work­sta­tions. Actu­al cycle times are mea­su­red in rela­ti­on to orders and vari­ants and can then be eva­lua­ted. Poor­ly uti­li­sed assem­bly sta­ti­ons or bot­t­len­ecks in pro­duc­tion can thus be quick­ly and easi­ly iden­ti­fied and eli­mi­na­ted. The data pro­tec­tion of indi­vi­du­al employees is gua­ran­teed through anonymisation. 

prodwatch work&trace

prodwatch work&trace is the ful­ly com­pre­hen­si­ve stan­dard solu­ti­on for digi­tal assem­bly work­places. Crea­te work steps yours­elf and dis­play vari­ant-spe­ci­fic docu­ments such as work plans or tech­ni­cal dra­wings direct­ly at the assem­bly site. 

prodwatch work&trace

prodwatch work&trace brings the full ran­ge of manu­fac­tu­ring digi­ti­sa­ti­on to your pro­duc­tion. With step-by-step ins­truc­tions that you can crea­te yours­elf via the gra­phi­cal edi­tor and refi­ne over and over again, digi­tal ins­truc­tion of new and expe­ri­en­ced pro­duc­tion staff is quick and easy. Vari­ant-spe­ci­fic docu­ments such as tech­ni­cal dra­wings or work plans can be acces­sed quick­ly. Through the (anony­mi­sed) eva­lua­ti­on of the times of the work steps, the assem­bly per­for­mance can be noti­ce­ab­ly increased through fine synchronisation. 

The three soft­ware modu­les build on each other. The work&trace modu­le thus con­ta­ins all the func­tions of prodwatch. In addi­ti­on to the pro­duc­tion-spe­ci­fic func­tions, the soft­ware solu­ti­on natu­ral­ly also includes com­pre­hen­si­ve user manage­ment, a shift calen­dar, event/action logic and exten­si­ve inter­faces to the machi­ne and busi­ness soft­ware world. Thus, prodwatch offers you a sca­lable tool­box for intel­li­gent shop flo­or manage­ment and the digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on of your manu­fac­tu­ring processes.

Net­work pro­duc­tion are­as — crea­te trans­pa­ren­cy — uti­li­se opti­mi­sa­ti­on potential!

Grafik Prodwatch

prodwatch crea­tes trans­pa­ren­cy in every pro­duc­tion department

From goods receipt through pro­duc­tion to goods issue, every pro­duct, every work and inspec­tion step and every key figu­re can be seam­less­ly tra­cked. In the inco­ming goods depart­ment, inco­ming goods inspec­tions can be car­ri­ed out secu­re­ly and docu­men­ted using input ter­mi­nals. Pro­duc­tion bene­fits from digi­tal work ins­truc­tions and trans­pa­rent key figu­res. Mal­func­tions can be poin­ted out quick­ly and easi­ly via touch ter­mi­nals. In the out­go­ing goods depart­ment, checks can be car­ri­ed out using digi­tal work instructions.

The pro­duc­tion or manu­fac­tu­ring mana­ger has an over­view at all times through dis­plays in the pro­duc­tion office or mobi­le devices such as smart­wat­ches or tablets. Main­ten­an­ce and mate­ri­als manage­ment also have an over­view of cur­rent dis­rup­ti­ons or mate­ri­al requi­re­ments. Chan­ges to work ins­truc­tions, qua­li­ty noti­fi­ca­ti­ons or other key figu­res are pos­si­ble at any time.

This makes the pro­duc­tion pro­cess trans­pa­rent for all depart­ments invol­ved. All data on pro­ducts and pro­ces­sing steps are recor­ded con­ti­nuous­ly and enable detail­ed eva­lua­tions and opti­mi­sa­ti­ons of your production.

Indus­tri­al hard­ware for every assem­bly station

Our all-in-one solu­ti­on also includes an exten­si­ve ran­ge of touch panels and touch pads for the assem­bly sta­ti­ons, lar­ge dis­plays for Andon boards, smart­wat­ches and a com­pre­hen­si­ve port­fo­lio of access­ories. The­se include RFID iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on sys­tems, bar­code scan­ners, machi­ne inter­faces and much more.

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