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Worker assis­tance — visua­liza­ti­on and docu­men­ta­ti­on of pro­duc­tion steps

Digi­tal worker assis­tance sys­tems crea­te trans­pa­ren­cy, increase assem­bly qua­li­ty and open up a wide ran­ge of opti­miza­ti­on potential!

Increase manu­fac­tu­ring and assem­bly qua­li­ty with digi­tal auxi­lia­ry tools 

Fast onboar­ding of new employees and increase in employee performance 

Reduc­tion of com­plaints and rejects through pre­cise dis­play of instructions 

Com­ple­te docu­men­ta­ti­on, visua­liza­ti­on and ana­ly­sis of the manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess for qua­li­ty optimization 

Chal­lenges in ever­y­day manufacturing

The modern manu­fac­tu­ring of pro­ducts con­stant­ly poses new chal­lenges for pro­duc­tion employees, qua­li­ty depart­ments, main­ten­an­ce, mate­ri­als manage­ment and also pro­duc­tion management:

prodwatch addres­ses the­se pro­blems with a uni­que com­bi­na­ti­on of indus­tri­al hard­ware and sui­ta­ble soft­ware for a wide ran­ge of func­tions in the digi­tiza­ti­on of assem­bly work­sta­tions. In addi­ti­on to the simp­le dis­play of pdf docu­ments at the work­sta­tions, the worker assis­tance sys­tem also brings detail­ed step-by-step ins­truc­tions for any num­ber of pro­duct vari­ants. In this way, enti­re assem­bly pro­ces­ses can be map­ped using check­lists, image and video recor­dings, pdf docu­ments, mate­ri­al lists and much more. You can easi­ly crea­te the work steps yours­elf with the inte­gra­ted drag-and-drop edi­tor and refi­ne them fur­ther and fur­ther. By using the work steps defi­ned in this way, a data tre­asu­re of your pro­duc­tion is crea­ted, which you can use for pro­duc­tion opti­miza­ti­ons or pro­cess impro­ve­ments. With prodwatch you beco­me a litt­le bit bet­ter every day!

Digi­tal assem­bly sta­ti­ons with prodwatch worker assistance

Intel­li­gent worker assis­tance sys­tems like our prodwatch solu­ti­on enable you to sol­ve the­se chal­lenges. With the help of digi­tal end devices such as tablets or touch panels at the indi­vi­du­al work­sta­tions, infor­ma­ti­on about the assem­bly pro­cess can be com­mu­ni­ca­ted easi­ly. Docu­ments such as dra­wings or work plans no lon­ger need to be loo­ked up in file fol­ders, but can be acces­sed at the touch of a fin­ger. Step-by-step ins­truc­tions pro­vi­de new employees in par­ti­cu­lar with con­fi­dence, even for com­plex assem­bly work. Incor­rect assem­bly or other qua­li­ty pro­blems can be mini­mi­zed or even com­ple­te­ly avo­ided through inte­gra­ted checks. This redu­ces was­te and ensu­res satis­fied end cus­to­mers for your pro­ducts. Howe­ver, if errors or ques­ti­ons ari­se in the assem­bly pro­cess, the employee can alert the shift super­vi­sor or other depart­ments direct­ly. All data on the manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess is stored cen­tral­ly in a data­ba­se and can be used for opti­miza­ti­ons or also a qua­li­ty cer­ti­fi­ca­te for your customer.

Our white­pa­per on the topic of worker assis­tance pro­vi­des you with num­e­rous ide­as and imple­men­ta­ti­on tips!

Our free white­pa­per gives you prac­ti­cal ide­as and imple­men­ta­ti­on sug­ges­ti­ons for your worker assis­tance sys­tem. From the simp­le dis­play of pdf docu­ments to com­pre­hen­si­ve step-by-step ins­truc­tions for dif­fe­rent pro­duct vari­ants, much is alre­a­dy pos­si­ble in the stan­dard with prodwatch. Let us inspi­re you!

Diver­se func­tions lead to trans­pa­ren­cy in your assem­bly processes

In prac­ti­ce, the­re are many dif­fe­rent func­tions of worker assis­tance sys­tems. In prin­ci­ple, every digi­tal tool in manu­fac­tu­ring is a com­po­nent of a manu­fac­tu­ring assis­tance sys­tem. When sel­ec­ting soft­ware for assem­bly digi­tiza­ti­on, it is important to ensu­re that the solu­ti­on is sca­lable. Thus, we recom­mend that our cus­to­mers start with a test sys­tem or with a simp­le ran­ge of func­tions and build up the solu­ti­on in an agi­le man­ner, i.e. gra­du­al­ly, as part of the con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ment pro­cess. The most important func­tions, which are very often the start­ing point for the intro­duc­tion of a worker assis­tance sys­tem, are lis­ted below:

Crea­te work steps quick­ly and easi­ly with the visu­al editor!

Many work and assem­bly steps in pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses are con­stant­ly being opti­mi­zed and adapt­ed. New pro­ducts are also coming onto the mar­ket at an ever fas­ter fre­quen­cy and have to be manu­fac­tu­red in new pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses. It is the­r­e­fo­re important that the work steps dis­play­ed at the assem­bly sta­ti­ons can be crea­ted easi­ly and quick­ly and adapt­ed again and again.

Simi­lar to our Andon boards, work steps can be crea­ted in a gra­phi­cal edi­tor and then assi­gned to indi­vi­du­al assem­bly sta­ti­ons. When crea­ting assem­bly steps, we pro­vi­de you with a varie­ty of dif­fe­rent wid­gets that can be free­ly pla­ced on the screen using drag-and-drop. In addi­ti­on to simp­le dis­play ele­ments such as actu­al or tar­get pie­ce counts, the edi­tor also con­ta­ins wid­gets for the local dis­play of pro­duc­tion line mal­func­tions, check­lists for work con­tent, nes­ted mate­ri­al lists, pdf dis­plays, and ele­ments for video or image mate­ri­al to be dis­play­ed in the work step.

Once the work steps have been desi­gned, they can also be drag­ged and drop­ped onto the indi­vi­du­al assem­bly sta­ti­ons. All work steps can be pro­vi­ded with a tar­get cycle time, so that it is pos­si­ble to clock out the work sta­ti­ons direct­ly. This makes it pos­si­ble to see at a glan­ce which assem­bly sta­ti­ons have a high workload and, if neces­sa­ry, steps can be taken such as shif­ting work con­tent to less busy stations.

Andon boards as a useful addi­ti­on to a worker assis­tance solution

OEE-Anzeige auf Andon-Board

Our Andon Boards

Andon boards pro­vi­de key figu­res, inform about mal­func­tions or ser­ve as a plat­form for other mes­sa­ge text. In this way, all employees are on the same level.

Stillstandsanzeige auf Andon-Board

Alar­ming solutions

In the event of down­ti­me, the right employee must be infor­med. The employee recei­ves the noti­fi­ca­ti­on eit­her by pho­ne call, e‑mail, SMS or app notification.

Störungsanzeige auf Andon-Board

Digi­tal fault messages

If a machi­ne mal­func­tion occurs, it must hap­pen quick­ly! Digi­tal input opti­ons save a lot of time and relia­bly call for help.

Andon-Board als Stückzahlanzeige

Eva­lua­ti­on possibilities

The use of Andon solu­ti­ons pro­mi­ses a reduc­tion in dis­rup­ti­ons. For this, data on dis­rup­ti­on times and the reasons for the dis­rup­ti­on are an indis­pensable source of information.

How does a worker assis­tance sys­tem bene­fit our cus­to­mers and you?

Manu­fac­tu­ring pro­ces­ses are some­ti­mes very com­plex and the impact of indi­vi­du­al sys­tems on them is the­r­e­fo­re dif­fi­cult to quan­ti­fy. prodwatch is ver­sa­ti­le and shows poten­ti­al for savings and impro­ve­ments in almost any pro­duc­tion envi­ron­ment. Ana­ly­ses at our cus­to­mers show that prodwatch rea­ches the break-even point after less than one year. After using prodwatch, we were able to deter­mi­ne the fol­lo­wing empi­ri­cal values from cus­to­mers in various industries.

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fas­ter assembly
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fewer returns and rejects
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Docu­men­ta­ti­on of the manu­fac­tu­ring process

Worker assis­tance solu­ti­ons from apronic

Over many years, we have accu­mu­la­ted a wealth of expe­ri­ence that has been incor­po­ra­ted time and again into our stan­dard solu­ti­on prodwatch. We are hap­py to share this tre­asu­re and our inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts and solu­ti­ons with you. We are always hap­py to see new pro­duc­tions every day and to help our cus­to­mers to opti­mi­ze them. With us, you have a fast, expe­ri­en­ced and fle­xi­ble part­ner who, despi­te stan­dard soft­ware, also keeps an eye on your pro­ces­ses. Feel free to cont­act us, we look for­ward to hea­ring from you!