The Manufacturing Engineer
Poor planning results in mistakes and rework
Process routing or “shop travelers” are written down on paper which often gets lost in translation, leaving room for error. Rework costs manufacturers time, money, and reputation with customers.
Communicating inputs into the mfg process
Authorized managers cannot communicate inputs into the process once a job has started. Manufacturing engineers have to run around manufacturing operations to ensure jobs get done on time and correctly.
Manufacturing engineers struggle with geographically scattered jobs. They cannot look into any particular job in process at another location and know the details or status of its progression.
Do it yourself (DIY) processes may be developed as a means to track product. However, this is often counterproductive and time consuming.
The engineering department is working in Microsoft Excel, the quality department is working in Microsoft Access, and the shop floor has a paper based system. Sound familiar? Disparate systems cause departments to rely on each other for information needed to complete their job.
Tribal knowledge is any unwritten information that is not commonly known by others within a company. Manufacturing throughput may take a hit if someone with tribal information leaves an organization.
As manufacturing operations grow, the first instinct is to invest in more equipment although current equipment is not utilized to the fullest.
Eliminate unnecessary steps and dual entries. Improvement in processes gets more product out the door faster.
Centralized manufacturing system
Everyone at an organization works within one system. Employees can access the information they need from anywhere.
No more delays in critical business information. Real-time information can be accessed whenever, wherever.
Data-driven decision making
Eliminate guessing and make informed decisions.
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