VIDEO: PINpoint MES Systems Production Analytics Demonstration – Part 1 (Introduction)

PINpoint continues to evolve its time and industry proven manufacturing software technology; since 1997 the PINpoint Manufacturing Execution System (MES) ‘Solution’ has been pushed-forward and innovated alongside some of the most recognizable manufactures in the World (Caterpillar, Ford, Chrysler, Hyundai, Boeing, Polaris, and many more). 

In this video series we dig deeper into the PINpoint manufacturing intelligence; ‘Production Analytics‘ is a most powerful tool which allows manufacturers to drill-down into all captured assembly data (as “monitored” and “controlled” by the manufacturing execution system) and transforms it into meaningful manufacturing optimization reports.


In Part 1 of the series PINpoint Software Engineer Marc Seguin focuses on ‘Production Analytics‘ software specifically; he guides us through the various features including how to set search criteria, manipulate data, save favorites, and output reports.

Either PINpoint or Microsoft Excel can be used to access and manipulate the data; i.e. to perform “Cube” or multidimensional database searches to hone in/drill down on the data that is the most relevant for analysis.

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WHITE PAPER: New Supercar Engine Assembly Perfected by Manufacturing Execution System

Introduction / Summary

This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by a leading Automotive manufacturer to manage the complex assembly of the engine for their new Supercar. The MES/MOM was integral to ensure each and every single of the nearly two-thousand (2,000) process steps involved to build the engine were completed to the set specifications or tolerances without fail.

MES/MOM ensured zero-defects during the assembly of the engines since it monitored and controlled all operations; all tools and devices, and the line workers themselves since the MES/MOM directed them from job start to end. The MES/MOM verified worker credentials, provided work instructions, and confirmed that the materials and tools were properly selected for the exact task at hand.

Destined for the Automotive manufacturer’s highest-performance GT sports car (see Figure 1), the twin-turbo charged V6 “EcoBoost” engine is vital to the success of the final product. Given the intricacy of the engine and the number of steps needed to assemble it, and its high tolerances, the MES/MOM proved indispensable.

Assembly Background / Problems

Considering the Supercar is not mass-produced, or is production limited, i.e. these cars are produced in low volumes and are of very high complexity; this low-volume or high-complexity production established the need for an extremely flexible manufacturing system to maximize quality and time-to-market speed while keeping costs down. A flexible MES/MOM solution was an absolute necessity due to the bespoke nature of every engine.



Figure 1: Ford GT Supercar.


Of particular significance was the error-proofing of the crankshaft and the main housing bore, two (2) parts which are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances in order to fit together precisely. The method or sequence of the assembly of these matching parts to the engine creates an inimitable scenario whereas both parts become separated early on in production. It was critical that these unique parts always married together at the respective assembly station without fail.

The other complexity was that the engine was comprised of various parts with varying bolt sizes, and therefore different tools would be needed, as well as different sized sockets. Error-proofing was essential to ensure the correct fastening tool and socket were always selected for the task at hand. 


By implementing a MES/MOM to manage every manufacturing operation the customer was enabled to achieve the highest level of error-proofing to produce a quality product while keeping costs down. The engine assembly starts with the creation of an ‘Engine Birth History Report’ which is unique to each and every engine or serial number. The engine birth history report follows every engine (Figure 2) throughout the life of its assembly, and identifies all of the captured process steps or assembly data into a central database (SQL server).

Every single detail is important, right down to verifying the worker and their timing, what tools they select, which socket, and what part. In the case of the crank shaft each part is identified by matrix barcode which must be scanned into the MES/MOM; once the first part’s unique specification is input, the second matching part must be matched by another worker at a different station later on. If the parts do not match an alert is raised actioning the next steps to remedy the situation.


Figure 2: ‘EcoBoost’ engine.

The MES/MOM’s feature of “cross station investigation” highlights the ‘feature based’ or made-to-order (MTO) capabilities, or flexibility inherent in the manufacturing operations management solution. The engine birth history report in this case mapped out exactly all parts, tools to be used, matching sockets, fastening tolerances, and thousands of process steps unique to the assembly of each and every engine.

By verifying and tracking which crankshaft serial number was selected in the first station, the cross station examination could be performed in the subsequent station, i.e. verifying the specific diameter crankshaft selected in the first workstation, which directly correlated to the main bore housing diameter in the second station. The MES/MOM performed the cross station examination to ensure the married parts always met, any deviation from this stopped the process, locked the assembly tool, and raised an Andon alert.

 The other crucial error-proofing technique needed involved the tracking of fastening tools and sockets required to complete any given assembly process step. This multiple tool coordination” was accomplished by introducing a MES/MOM ‘Socket Tray’ socket verification system (Figure 3). The Socket Tray features separate ‘trays’ or slots in which the sockets seat and are presence detected via proximity sensors. The MES/MOM instructs and then track and verifies the line worker’s actions as she/he proceed in the fastening operation; firstly, verifying the correct ‘nutrunner’ assembly tool was selected, and then by verifying the correct socket was removed from the tray. The line worker next fastened the appropriate bolt as directed by the MES/MOM until the set fastening tolerances of input torque and angle were met.



Figure 3: Socket verification system. 

Further to the accomplishment of managing the bespoke manufacturing of each “EcoBoost” engine, MES/MOM provided the manufacturer with indispensable recorded process data which served to further improve all aspects of production including cycle time. As data was gathered and analyzed the manufacturer was able to optimize and improve assembly timing by identifying bottle necks and being able to re-configure processes by re-allocating time or tasks.

MES/MOM Software

The MES/MOM software has been developed since 1997 and it continues to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufactures. Thoroughly proven it is in use daily around the world in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, and power sports vehicle manufacturers. The software is meticulously designed and tested to ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please contact 905-639-8787, or visit our website


The MES/MOM was integral to monitoring and ensuring control of the nearly two-thousand process steps involved to build the engine. These tasks had to be completed to the set specifications or tolerances without fail, including the challenge of cross station parts coordination. Error-proofing was required at a high-level to ensure zero-defects during the assembly of the engines. By using MES/MOM to monitor and control all process steps, including all tools, devices, and the management of the line workers themselves, the opportunity for a failed or cheated process step to occur was eliminated.

MES/MOM played an integral role in guiding the line worker to successfully accomplish each process step, right down to verifying that they selected the correct tool and socket, and materials; and by confirming the operation happened to within predetermined tolerances in a predetermined time.

Given the intricacy of the engine and the number of steps needed to assemble it, and its high tolerances, the MES/MOM proved indispensable. For low volume or high-complexity production, MES/MOM proves to be the most flexible and thorough manufacturing execution system; it proved to maximize quality and time-to-market speed while keeping costs down.


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VIDEO: Join Pro Angler Byron Velvick on a Factory Tour at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin


Join Pro Angler Byron Velvick on an all-encompassing tour of the Mercury Marine factory in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Mercury Marine achieves manufacturing excellence by ensuring zero defects in their assembly processes with MES/MOM software.

PINpoint’s manufacturing execution system (MES) / manufacturing operations management (MOM) software has been developed since 1997 and continues to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufactures. Thoroughly proven it is in use daily Worldwide in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, and power sports vehicle manufacturers. The software is meticulously designed and tested to ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China.

WHITE PAPER: Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics

Introduction / Summary

This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by an Aerospace electronics parts manufacturer in order to introduce full-accountability into their assembly processes. The MES/MOM delivered “integrity of process” by providing a control system which managed all aspects of their electronics assembly process; and created a closed-loop of accountability, delivering the desired results every-single-time.

A critical aspect to the achievement of their goal was the management of a new assembly line workforce. The true test of the dependability on the MES/MOM system was it empowered operators with little to no experience to build sophisticated electronic components to the highest quality standards. It is also noteworthy that the MES/MOM was able to be integrated and operational in a very short timeframe in less than four (4) days.

Due to the speed of implementation and the reliability of the MES/MOM system the customer was able to ramp up production quickly while ensuring quality. Ultimately over the long term the Aerospace manufacturer found the MES/MOM so reliable that they were enabled to scale-back on expensive testing that was designed to catch defective products, which in itself represented significant cost savings.

Background / Problems

As a part of the proving process the Aerospace manufacturer had already implemented the MES/MOM on the first electronics assembly line. It was thought the following plant-wide implementation would be months later, although due to end customer delays this turned into nearly a two (2) years wait, which was much more time than needed to prove out the system.

During this time the manufacturer was able to define the best methods or process steps (based on facts and figures) in order to manufacturer the highest quality electronics, i.e. motor controllers destined for ‘Dreamliner’ jet airliners.


Qatar Airways 787 “Dreamliner” jet.

It had actually only taken the Aerospace manufacturer a few days to figure out and realize the power of the MES/MOM and how it would be invaluable once full production across all four (4) assembly lines started. They were ready to fully-implement the MES/MOM, but the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) schedule for delivering the 787 airliner kept getting pushed out.

The OEM delays continued month after month; the Aerospace manufacturer would be instructed to ramp up production and then stop, then again ramp up and stop. This happened over and over and therefore delayed the Aerospace manufacturer’s decision to fully integrate the MES/MOM, preferring instead to wait until manufacturing revenues were sufficient to proceed with the capital purchase.

It was all of a sudden when the Aerospace manufacturer was requested to produce higher volumes, to start supplying parts in only one (1) week; and therefore the MES/MOM software had to be implemented and operational across all four (4) assembly lines as soon as possible.

Once integrated, the next step was to configure the system, taking into account a new workforce with little to no experience in Aerospace parts manufacturing, who were set to start once the system was operational. The MES/MOM system had a significant responsibility to fulfill and was being relied upon as the integral aspect of the project’s success. The challenge was to guide the line operators step-by-step and error-proof in real-time so absolutely no bad parts would be produced and reach the end customer.


The quick integration and configuration of the plant floor management system was possible given the turn-key nature of the MES/MOM software, which is accessible from any web browser on any computer, tablet or Smartphone. The client was extremely relieved and impressed when they saw the system installed and operational within four (4) days, i.e. an inexperienced workforce was producing high-quality ‘safety critical’ electronics within a week.

The solution was to scale-up the proven MES/MOM system in order to ensure plant-wide error-proofing in all processes on the assembly lines, be it by tool or device, or human. The manufacturing execution system contributed to an over-all paradigm shift by introducing a culture of ‘full-accountability’ into the customer’s manufacturing operations.

“PINpoint taught us what accountability of process really means, the financial value of that and how to maximize the benefit of the assembly equipment we already owned.”
   ~Aerospace OEM Supplier

The Aerospace manufacturer was able to use the MES/MOM to configure the communications presented to assembly line workers in a way most meaningful to them
, with easy to understand paperless work instructions including pictures, graphics, and videos demonstrating the tasks they are to perform. Line workers were guided step-by-step, with the MES/MOM verifying each and every step for conformity.

The intuitive nature and ease-of-use inherent in the MES/MOM enabled the Aerospace manufacturer to become self-sufficient faster, which is exactly what was needed. The level of control the MES/MOM provided the manufacturer drastically reduced or eliminated the opportunity for a poor quality motor controller to be produced and shipped to the OEM. MES/MOM allows its users to error-proof on-the-fly, with the capability to even ‘physically track’ a product/serial number, e.g. to verify where a defective product is on the line, such as to confirm if it is physically located in a repair work station, or not?

In addition to the rapid integration, line worker education, and process verification, the MES/MOM steered the customer towards a future path of maximized or optimized manufacturing operations. The ‘Production Analytics’ program included in the MES/MOM is a powerful continuous improvement tool; producing thorough reports via multi-dimensional database searches.

The analysis of the data being generated from all the processes is invaluable manufacturing intelligence to the discerning analyst and only leads to manufacturing optimization. Reports can be output to display a variety of metrics, and preloaded reports were included, although the customer was able to modify those, or create new search queries and save any as ‘favourites’, including the ability to schedule or create recurring reports which are saved daily for review at a certain time. The user was able to report on KPI’s, OEE, TEEP, number of defects, downtime, over cycle situations, man hour losses, and much more.

MES/MOM Software

The MES/MOM software has been developed since 1997 and it continues to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufactures. Thoroughly proven it is in use daily around the world in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, and power sports vehicle manufacturers. The software is meticulously designed and tested to ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please contact or visit the website


The Aerospace manufacturer was able to achieve their goal of a plant-wide integration of the MES/MOM solution, and use the system to guide and empower inexperienced assembly line workers to build sophisticated electronics to the highest quality standards. Due to the ease-of-use of the MES/MOM and its WYSIWYG usability the customer was enabled to become self-sufficient sooner.

MES/MOM introduced full-accountability into their manufacturing operations, and provided ‘integrity of process’ by delivering a process control system that managed all aspects of production. The MES/MOM instilled a closed-loop of accountability and delivered the required results every time.

The speed in which the MES/MOM system was implemented and operational was touted. Within four (4) days the customer was manufacturing defect-free electronic motor controllers across all assembly lines. This allowed the Aerospace manufacturer to gather quality and process data right away in order to further fine-tune processes. MES/MOM made “continuous improvement” an unending practice and to date continues to help evolve the Aerospace manufacturer’s business.


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WHITE PAPER: Maximizing Error Proofing in Manufacturing with MES/MOM Controlled Assembly Tools

Introduction / Summary

This document summarizes the error proofing solution a leading heavy machinery manufacturer implemented and standardized on in order to greatly reduce product defects due to improperly fastened bolts in transmission systems. Electric assembly tools called nutrunners are used by assembly line workers to fasten bolts to a predetermined torque measurement (see Figure 1.).

Their decision to implement a manufacturing execution system (MES) or manufacturing operations management (MOM) software to both ‘monitor’ and ‘control’ all aspects of the assembly tools and line worker processes yielded unprecedented results by reducing bolted joint failures and Warranty claims by 94%.

error proofing

Figure 1. Fastening application with
electric pistol grip nutrunner.

Background / Problems

The heavy equipment manufacturer struggled for years to solve a major problem they had where products were leaving the factory and entering into service with improperly set bolts in the vehicle’s transmission system. These defective products inevitably lead to an increase in Warranty claims. The losses and waste in time and expenses as a result created an urgent call to action to remedy the situation.              

Initially the manufacturer had invested millions of dollars into the latest electric nutrunners, controllers, and associated integration costs. The electric fastening assembly tools specified were to monitor all fastening operations in order to identify defects and repair them before the machines entered service. One (1) year after the implementation of the new assembly tools the customer regretfully reported that there were no measureable improvements in the number of bolted joint failures.

The reason the new nutrunners did not reduce bolted joint failures was due to loop-holes in the system itself. The modern fastening tools did contribute new features which in theory were to ‘capture’ any defects, i.e. if a certain torque (Nm) specification was not met, or number of rotations, set angle, etc., then the system was to record and alert line workers and supervisors of any issues. The system fell short in that it could be bypassed or ‘tricked’ by line workers into thinking a job was completed successfully when it was not.


The solution was to integrate a manufacturing execution system for error proofing all processes on the assembly line, be it by tool or device, or human. Further, the system contributed to a paradigm shift in that a culture of ‘full-accountability’ was born into the customer’s manufacturing operations.

PINpoint MES/MOM provided the customer a web based ‘configurable’ plant floor management system with the added-value of integral manufacturing optimization features. The MES/MOM filled the void between the customer’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the processes on the assembly line themselves. With the capabilities to both ‘monitor’ and ‘control’ the assembly line processes the MES/MOM ensured no one bit of information or action was unaccounted for. In-turn the process history recorded served to allow for the query of data and output of valuable manufacturing reports which were used to further optimize their manufacturing processes.

Concerning their specific physical problem of bolted joint failures the MES/MOM provided full-control over the electric tool itself, with the capability to ‘lock’ the tool should an installation parameter not be met. Locking out the nutrunners eliminated any chance of the line worker from attempting to pass the defective part. The implementation of the MES/MOM solution yielded instant results as shown (Figure 2.):

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Figure 2. MES/MOM reduced bolted joint failures 94% and
decreased Warranty claims, as reported by the customer:

“PINpoint’s process management system was instrumental in enabling a culture based on data and facts rather than opinions and guesses. This culture change has enabled increased efficiency and decreased warranty spend, previously unachievable in multiple manufacturing facilities around the world.”

~ Major Industrial Equipment Manufacturer

Since the MES/MOM is configurable the Process Engineers had the flexibility to set the installation parameters as required, e.g. if the first attempt at setting a bolt failed, that is the tool output a torque or angle measurement not in accordance with the set tolerance in the software – the MES/MOM can then be set to allow for a reversal of the tool, and then for another attempt; should the second or even third attempt fail, then at that time the tool may be locked out and an alert raised. The programming of the MES/MOM is flexible, easy and familiar in a drag-and-drop or WYSIWYG user interface; it is as simple as opening a website browser from a laptop/Smartphone, making the change and hitting ‘save’ – all in real-time.

Above the capabilities to monitor all processes and control devices, the MES/MOM serves to first confirm if even there is a line worker present at the station; and who that person is? The MES/MOM verifies line worker credentials before any work instructions can be provided or tools enabled. Each line worker or manager (user) of the system is provided with her/his own login and password. When the worker arrives at the station to begin the shift she/he logs in and is met by the first instructions which may be to verify whether they have completed a training course, for example, or have achieved a required certification to do the job? Only once the worker is verified may the process continue; the system may next present work instructions, or a quality alert, message video, or any instruction as required.

The MES/MOM over-sees all aspects of the production process and is therefore error proofing and detecting and raising alerts of mistakes as they occur; as issues happen the system is capable of sending an alert to a manager with the latest Andon software technology already built in. Textual, graphical, audio and video alerts can be sent via email/text, stack lights, public address systems and on large screen displays.

Error Proofing Software

PINpoint MES/MOM software has been developed since 1997 and it continues to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufactures. Thoroughly proven PINpoint is in use daily around the world in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, and power sports vehicle manufacturers. The software is meticulously designed and tested to ITIL standards before any official version release.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please contact PINpoint at 905-639-8787, or visit our website


The decision of the heavy machinery manufacturer to implement PINpoint MES/MOM software to both ‘monitor’ and ‘control’ all aspects of the assembly tools and line worker processes yielded unprecedented results by reducing bolted joint failures and Warranty claims by 94%.

Error proofing was maximized since PINpoint ensured defects did not go undetected and encouraged problem solving on-the-fly. PINpoint introduced a culture of ‘full-accountability’ into their manufacturing operations; “…enabling a culture based on data and facts, rather than opinions and guesses.”


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New to Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Software? Savvy Manufacturers Think Flexibility and Scalability, They Think Long-Term!

Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solutions with the capabilities to both “Monitor and Control” the manufacturing assembly line are the cutting-edge in web-based configurable plant floor management systems. If you are new to MES systems and regardless of the size of your operation or complexity, i.e. whether your assembly line today is automated or not, with full-process control or no controls whatsoever, PINpoint MES/MOM need be considered since it is the only MES/MOM designed to match and expand on your production monitoring and process control requirements as your manufacturing operations grow long-term.

Developed over two decades with hundreds of man years invested, PINpoint’s software development team of Information Technology and Manufacturing Process Engineers have evolved PINpoint MES/MOM to be the most powerful manufacturing execution system on the market; now in Version release 4.8 it is by far the most proven manufacturing optimization software capable of managing even the most complex “Make-to-Order” or “Configure-to-Order” manufacturing operations. It is the corporate standard for leading manufacturers in the automotive, heavy machinery, aerospace and power sports vehicle sectors.

Why PINpoint? Regardless of the size of your manufacturing operations, PINpoint is designed to fit. For those manufactures new to MES systems, PINpoint is the ideal starting point or entrance level MES. Essential Production Management-MES (EPM-MES) is PINpoint’s fundamental MES system which is designed as a software foundation you can build on into the future (software versions are continually evolving). Also, included in the entry level EPM-MES product, as well as in their full-process monitoring and control version called Optimized Full Process-MOM (OFP-MOM) is the manufacturing industries next Andon innovation.

PINpoint’s ‘Next-Gen Andon’ is included standard and is a notable value-added feature. PINpoint has evolved Andon manufacturing into the digital age; more than just ‘push buttons’ and ‘stack lights’ Next-Gen Andon is the ultimate production scheduling, tracking, and reporting system. PINpoint has modernized the ability to notify management, maintenance, and other workers of quality or process problems and made it full-proof; it achieves full-accountability in manufacturing by maximizing error-proofing.

Next-Gen Andon is only one of the many powerful software programs included standard in the base EPM-MES version. It and all the other software programs are easily accessible in a drag-and-drop / WYSIWYG user interface; simply open up a website browser on any laptop, tablet or Smartphone to configure your assembly line, schedule production, track products, access manufacturing reports and more. PINpoint EPM-MES allows manufacturers to:

  • Create Work Orders, or import them seamlessly from your Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system.
  • Schedule Production, set TAKT time, Goals Planned Actual (GPA), monitor and report on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
  • Verify Production, interface with line workers, confirm qualifications, progress, catch defects as they happen; control devices, e.g. lock out a fastening tool if multiple errors occur and send an alert.
  • Track Products or serial numbers in real-time, right down to their physical location on the assembly line.
  • Manage Andon, display easy to understand information on large screens with text, graphics and video; and send critical alerts to email/text.
  • OPTIMIZE with provided Production Analytics Manufacturing Intelligence.

For larger or more advanced manufacturing enterprises with full-process controlled assembly lines PINpoint recommends its’ Optimized Full Process-MOM solution. OFP-MOM’s all-encompassing manufacturing execution capabilities allow for the paperless manufacturing management and process control of even the most complex ‘Make-to-Order’ or ‘Configure-to-Order’ manufacturing lines. From Work Order creation to Finished Product, regardless of the number of products or serial numbers, or process steps (including sub-assemblies), you can see and manage all aspects of the operation in real-time. And given ALL of the manufacturing data is recorded and accessible via a multi-dimensional database, real-time Manufacturing Intelligence allows for timely manufacturing optimization via viewable/printable reports.


Manufacturing Operations Management | Manufacturing Execution System

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please see the ‘Why PINpoint?’ presentation here: or please feel free to contact Anthony at

Manufacturing Optimization Via Multidimensional Database Searches

Optimization is defined as “ act, process, or methodology of making something as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible.” Manufacturing optimization as a goal, albeit complex is actually quite achievable given the availability of manufacturing software like PINpoint’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) / Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solutions. Their MES/MOM products feature a most advanced multidimensional database query search engine which empowers manufacturers to hone in on the specifics of their operations in order to improve them.


True manufacturing intelligence can only be achieved with the deep level of data manipulation possible in advanced production analytics software. In PINpoint’s MES/MOM solution multidimensional databases are created hourly using input from existing relational databases. Typically, relational databases are accessed using a Structured Query Language (SQL) query, whereas a multidimensional database allows a user to ask ‘specific’ questions like “How many product defects have there been in the last 90 days, which serial numbers, and for what specific reasons?” And similar detailed questions related to summarizing manufacturing operations and trends.

Users of PINpoint software have the power of a multidimensional database reporting system at their fingertips, accessible from a website browser in an easy to use, drag-and-drop user experience from any computer, tablet or Smartphone. PINpoint  meets the needs of discrete manufacturing operations both large and small. The starting point for any manufacturer entering into MES/MOM is PINpoint’s  ‘Essential Production Management MES’ (EPM-MES); it is the foundation from which you can build your plant floor management strategy on for the future. It features the essential production management tools you need to begin the manufacturing optimization process, including:


1. Line Configuration; Process Engineers use SmartBuild configuration software to set-up and edit their assembly lines in a website browser.

2. Work Order Creation; or import orders seamlessly from existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

3. Production Scheduling; set TAKT time, Goals Planned Average (GPA), monitor and report on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

4. Work Order Tracking; track serial numbers in real-time, right down to the physical location of the product on the line.

5. Worker Interface; workers use SmartScreen human machine interfaces to ensure full-accountability in the manufacturing processes.

6. Advanced ANDON; display easy to understand information on large screens, with graphics, video messages, and send alerts via email/txt.

7. Manufacturing Intelligence; optimize production processes with detailed reports you output using Production Analytics tools and the multi-dimensional database.


For enterprise level or larger scale manufactures with automated processes PINpoint recommends its’ ‘Optimized Full Process MOM’ (OFP-MOM) solution. It is including all of the capabilities as described above in theEPM-MES version, although it is specifically set up for full-process controlled lines. Both systems are the epitome of web based configurable plant floor management and optimization.

To ensure ease of use, PINpoint software comes preloaded with various reports you can run right out-of-the-box, including Production Reports, Defects / Bypasses / Resets, Fastening Operations, Checkbox Operations and Custom Queries. Under the Defects / Bypasses / Resets tab for example, you can select from standard reports including Defects by Serial Number, Product Defects, Product & Serial Number Defects, Process Step Bypasses by either Serial Number, Product or Station, and more. You have the ability to customize any report in a simple WYSIWYG editor, and once you create the reports you need you can save them to your Favourites, and have them ready for viewing anytime.

Software Manufacturing Execution System

The ability to make informed decisions pertaining to your manufacturing processes is directly related to the quality and depth of information you have at hand. Manufacturing software development leaders like PINpoint Information Systems of Burlington, Ontario, Canada are continually pushing forward the limits of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) technology.

Fundamental to the push are some of the World’s best known manufacturers in the automotive, heavy machinery, aerospace and recreation vehicle sectors, who use PINpoint EPM-MES / OFP-MOM software every day to get the most out of their manufacturing operations. For more information and for a no obligation consultation please contact Anthony today at

Why PINpoint? Manufacturing Execution System (MES) / Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Solutions

Why PINpoint ..? Because LEAN manufacturing is About Eliminating Waste, Reducing Cost, Improving Efficiency, and Improving Quality: PINpoint Takes You There.
Championing “Continuous Improvement” Since 1997. Intelligent Manufacturing Defined. PINpoint Information Systems Has Been Championing “Continuous Improvement” Since 1997.Intelligent Manufacturing Defined.


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To Stop The Assembly Line, Or Not To Stop The Assembly Line?

To stop the assembly line or not to stop the assembly line? Particularly a batch process synchronous manufacturing line where the movements of the jobs are coordinated, and workers adhere to a set time to complete their job. Stopping a synchronous line impacts the performance of the entire assembly line because each job has a predetermined TAKT time and Goals Planned Actual (GPA) target to achieve. If a job is delayed or a problem arises that requires a line stop, then TAKT time over-clocks and these event can potentially be a factor in whether the manufactured products goal is met or not for the scheduled shift.

Inevitably a reason for a line stoppage will arise and require the worker (or system) to stop the manufacturing process. ANDON is a system which is able to notify management, maintenance, and other workers of a quality or process problem. The most advanced and effective ANDON systems are controlled by manufacturing execution system (MES) software and can feature over sized signboards which graphically display the status of each work station and the individual worker by name. It shows which station/worker is having the problem, or requires attention in an intuitive way with graphics. For example, if the worker needs materials replenished to continue her job then she presses a button and a visual alert is displayed on the big screen for the Line Supervisor to see (in the example screenshot shown below it is a ‘blue dot’). The ANDON system being a website based software is easily configurable to show the essential information needed to ensure productivity; when goals are being achieved the screen displays green and the progress for each member is shown in a bar graph below their name.

ANDON system alerts are typically activated manually by a worker using a pull cord or button, or may be activated automatically by the production equipment itself. The MES software includes the feature to stop production so the issue can be corrected. MES based ANDON alert systems also incorporate audio alarms, stack lights, mobile text/email, and video messages or other animated graphics such as an ‘OEE’ performance gauge for all to see. It is up to the Manufacturing Engineer or Production Team to determine which of the alerts constitute a line stoppage, or the interjection of a Line Supervisor who has the access to remedy/bypass the situation. Keeping that in mind, whether the Manufacturing Engineer or the Line Supervisor are faced with a delay or line stoppage for “whatever” reason, the MES is capturing each and every input by the individual users and storing those events and notes in a database (as well as machine events); valuable data which can be accessed right away or analyzed later in easy to interpret manufacturing reports.

It would be interesting to receive comments pertaining to whether it is a good idea to stop the manufacturing line to remedy situations as they happen? To correct the actions that led to the problem on the spot; and to nearly deny all failed parts from proceeding? Of course for issues such as materials replenishing, or the replacement of a broken tool, the raising of an alert in advance or as soon as problems start is fundamental and encourages preventative actions to ensure the line does not stop in the first place. In the cases where the manufacturing stoppage happens due to a worker not completing their job quickly enough, or is due to a quality issue, the power of how the assembly line should react is up to the strategy the manufacturer implements, i.e. there are pros and cons to consider: stopping the line will consume TAKT time and adversely affect GPA, although on the other hand the quality issue is sorted, the bad part is repaired or quarantined; and in the cases that the reason for the stoppage is due to worker errors, then that situation itself can be addressed by Line Supervisor interaction, such as recommending additional training for the worker. Or perhaps it is revealed the TAKT time is too short for that particular operation, meaning scheduling adjustments need to be made, e.g. jobs reallocated or TAKT time increased.

Whether the line is stopped or not, the ANDON alert will lead to a response action anyway, to encourage the line keeps moving or starts up again quickly if it stopped. If the line is set up to only stop for major issues then yes it forces production to keep moving, and yes you do have the data recorded for the days’ manufacturing events to consider; BUT are you guaranteeing bad parts did not ship, and are you guaranteeing your manufacturing assembly line is optimized as much as it could be? Both scenarios fit a certain manufacturing strategy – it becomes a question of how quickly the manufacturer wants to deal with problems and learn from those mistakes.

Manufacturers have the choice since MES is configurable to their needs. You have the option to remedy the issues as they arise, even if it takes more time and less products are made each day. One can think of it as short term pain for long term gain because yes stopping the line may adversely affect the goal, although at days end a lesson is learned, the problem is addressed and should not happen again; and ultimately a bad part’s chance of being shipped to the customer is more diminished. That is truly continuous improvement on-the-fly. For more information on website based configurable plant floor management please see and please do not hesitate to contact us.

A History of Innovation

Perfecting MES Since 1997

For nearly twenty years PINpoint Information Systems has evolved its’ ‘paperless’ plant floor communication system to be the first easy to use and ‘live with’ continuous improvement solution. An out-of-the-box Manufacturing Execution System (MES) which is designed to be intuitive, flexible, scalable, and cost-effective (great value-added). Since 1997 PINpoint Info has consistently aided World leading manufacturers in the Automotive, Aerospace, Heavy Machinery and Recreation vehicles industries to improve assembly line processes; proving time and time again that Continuous Improvement is a measurable and achievable goal in discrete manufacturing.

PINpoint Info is comprised of a team of process control and software engineers with decades of experience in manufacturing processes. Having this level of insight has allowed us to solve complex manufacturing problems using a common sense approach. We are all invested into the success of our customers, and we have really championed all aspects of Continuous Improvement (LEAN manufacturing, Six Sigma) and provided those partners the configurable tool to quantify, report, and create the strategy to improve.

Please view our short interactive Prezi presentation for examples of our work and customers over the years:


Improvement Manufacturing PINpoint History


PINpoint’s SMARTbuild, SMARTscreen and ANDON software Version 4.0 is available now. Features including Work Order management, assembly line process creation and editing, on-the-fly assembly instruction updates, OEE and TAKT time and GPA tracking (man hour losses); and the vast array of Manufacturing Reports are indispensable tools and data required for production optimization. We provide the user an interface which allows customer’s themselves, or third-party integrators to efficiently program the assembly line/process controls for a few work-stations, or for large assembly lines with hundreds and hundreds of work stations. SMARTbuild allows the Engineer or Programmer to manipulate the inputs and outputs of the PLC based system in a simple website with drag-and-drop interactivity, and greatly saving labour costs traditionally spent on re-programming and error-proofing PLC code.

PINpoint’s SMARTscreen website is what the team interacts with; the line workers, supervisors, and production engineers all benefit greatly from the mistake-proofing built into the solution. The first order of mistake-proofing is to verify; is the line worker even qualified or certified to do the job? If they are not then we lock out the tools and an alert is created – the system won’t allow the line worker to continue until they are trained and certified, or until a supervisor with higher level access allows the process to continue (in any event a record of the user interactions are stored in a database for ‘reason’ analysis later). Once able to continue, the line worker then interacts with SMARTscreen which verifies that assembly instructions are up-to-date, materials are present, and that the right parts and tools are used to specification; again, if not an alert is created which raises awareness to the team that there is an issue, e.g. alerts displayed on big plant floor screens for all to see (see screenshot below), with text/email, sound, and stack light alerts possible too.

Example of ANDON display on big screen (results displayed are configurable):

Improvement with Advanced Andon

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please contact PINpoint at 905-639-8787, or email Anthony at


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