“Smart manufacturing”, “Digital transformation”, “Industry 4.0”- these terms are sweeping the manufacturing industry. And not without justifiable reasons. A company can embark on a digital journey by simply digitizing its documents and making its factory truly paperless with smart manufacturing software.
Electronic work instructions and drawings have a huge impact on worker productivity and quality. Manufacturing operations producing many variants always lose precious time in making the right versions of documents available to the workers. Also, paper-based manufacturing documents like job cards and shop travellers are always prone to human errors. Notwithstanding the delays involved in data entry.
The next level of smart manufacturing software comes from real time reporting. The traditional method of reporting production and rejections during shift end are highly error prone and often inaccurate. In today’s volatile scenario of demand and supply position changing by the hour, dynamic scheduling to cope up with these changes can only be achieved through real time reporting through HMIs using digital I/Os or data loggers, capturing stoppages with reasons, and capturing real machine or labour hours as against post facto standard hour reporting provide new insights and improvement opportunities
At the highest level of smart manufacturing the HMIs can be replaced with appropriate automation using PLCs/DCS/SCADA/IIOT and synchronize capturing of process and product data. Applying analytics and artificial intelligence to this information has mind boggling opportunities for improvement
IcSoft has solutions in all these areas. It can be virtually your one stop shop for Smart Manufacturing. Download our brochure for more information.