PINpoint Information Systems Celebrates 20 Years of Manufacturing Error-proofing Excellence

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PINpoint Information Systems Inc. Burlington, Ontario, has announced its twentieth (20th) anniversary since its founding in 1997. In its 20th year PINpoint is set to once-again revolutionize manufacturing operations management (MOM) / manufacturing execution system (MES) software with the addition of even more powerful data visualization and reporting features; i.e. manufacturing intelligence and business intelligence tools integral for optimizing manufacturing processes to achieve the highest levels of quality and efficiency.

Last year PINpoint introduced Andon 3D, a plant floor communications, product tracking, and manufacturing reporting system recommended as the upgrade for any existing andon system, or, as an entry level into MES system software to build your future MES strategy. Andon 3D has the PINpoint MES PRO (Version 4) software at heart, and given the platform’s flexibility and scalability to adapt to an unlimited number of users, work stations, assembly lines and product variations, the solution is long-term focused to expand as the manufacturer’s operations grow. 

PINpoint also introduced powerful data visualization features in its Version 4 products with graphic aids to error-proof assembly line fastening processes. Figure 1. below shows an example “Rundown Detail” screen shot that is displayed for the line worker on “SmartScreen” user interfaces/touchscreens they interact with daily as a guide to production and mistake-proofing. SmartScreen’s present complicated data in visual form so line workers can complete their tasks more effectively without defects in the allocated cycle time. In this example the line worker is guided to run down fasteners or bolts to a pre-set Torque and Angle tolerance to pass the process step.

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Figure 1: Example SmartScreen” user interface for error-proofing fastening processes.

Further development of PINpoint’s powerful data visualization technology has been ongoing and is about to change the way industry relates to critical plant floor metrics like OEE. By presenting OEE in real time and providing the ability to ‘play back’ a shift of production, PINpoint will provide users the opportunity to focus on the exact moment efficiency was compromised. By focusing on real time effectiveness of the entire line, PINpoint will provide the information to drive proactive decisions which in turn drive measurable improvements in quality and efficiency.

By simply opening a web browser on any computer or Smartphone manufacturers will be able to watch a movie of their production activities at any speed, with the ability to stop to zero in on a problem; and then analyze the data to understand what really happened, make a change, and then measure the effectiveness of that decision.

“…with a laser focus on maximizing error-proofing with stringent process control measures, PINpoint is solving real, every day assembly line problems other systems are not able to address. We have always designed our software to be a solution our customers can live with day in and day out, and grow with in time. With the upcoming release of our Version 5 it is an exciting time as we strive to provide even greater value to our customers with new features that empower manufacturers to achieve their goal of meeting world class standards” said Rob MacMillan, President of PINpoint Information Systems.

PINpoint is scheduled to release Version 5 of its software the Summer of 2017. It includes more advanced data visualization features with data playback capabilities and cutting-edge reporting tools. PINpoint software is designed and tested to ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release. PINpoint’s Andon 3D and MES PRO manufacturing execution system continue to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufacturers. Thoroughly proven PINpoint software is in use every day Worldwide in multiple languages by leading automotive, heavy machinery, aerospace, military, marine, agricultural, power sports vehicle manufacturers and more.

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 +1 905-639-8787sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit their website http://pinpointinfo.com

SOURCE PINpoint Information Systems, Inc.

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Andon 3D Released: Assembly Line Communications, Manufacturing Tracking and Reporting Evolved

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Andon 3D Released: Assembly Line Communications,
Manufacturing Tracking and Reporting Evolved
 

BURLINGTON, Ontario, Dec 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — PINpoint Information Systems, Inc. Burlington, Ontario, has announced the release of Andon 3D, a cutting-edge manufacturing software which is the industries most evolved for assembly line communications, product tracking, and manufacturing reporting. Much more than traditional andon systems that feature stack lights and push buttons, Andon 3D is able to provide manufactures valuable insight into their manufacturing operations; essential information they need to know on how an assembly line is really running in order to maximize error-proofing and improve quality.
 

Andon 3D is a tool set that identifies the myriad of every day scenarios that play out on the assembly line; it then provides manufacturers instant visibility of that information. It helps manufacturers visualize every action, good or bad, that has a direct impact on efficiency. Manufacturers can now easily meet their daily demands of quality, efficiency and flexibility with an out-of-the-box software solution. Andon 3D is a modern approach to every day manufacturing challenges and it is essential for improving Goal, Planned, Actual and OEE targets.
 

At the foundation of Andon 3D technology is PINpoint’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) called MES PRO; a long-term proven web based configurable plant floor management solution. Andon 3D includes many of the features found in the MES system, which makes it the ideal entry to develop your future manufacturing execution system strategy. It includes features like SmartBuild, which Engineering managers can access by opening a website to visualize and configure assembly line operations in real-time from any computer, tablet or Smartphone.
 

On the assembly line, station operators interact with their own SmartScreen touch displays at each work station. They provide the line worker info she/he needs to complete assembly process steps, and the timing. It also presents the line worker with Andon help buttons for when issues arise, as when time is running out, in order to call for help to avoid a line stoppage. Please see Figure 1 for additional SmartScreen features:

assembly-line-andonFigure 1. Andon 3D station operator SmartScreen user interface example.


From OEE to Waterfall Reports, operating efficiency is the focus of any good manufacturing operation. The problem is that most manufacturing management systems lack the sophistication to generate data with the resolution to provide meaningful metrics from the shop floor. Andon 3D puts performance metrics forefront for all to see; they are displayed on every operator’s SmartScreen user interface so there is no question as to how work is progressing compared to cycle time.
 

“…just open a web browser to start optimizing; drag-and-drop to create an assembly line, to add products, schedule production, and track your products. The data captured from production is available for analysis in real time, and is invaluable for improvements in manufacturing to occur,” said Rob MacMillan, President of PINpoint.
 

Leveraging the same DNA as PINpoint’s MES PRO to accurately track the flow of products on the line, Andon 3D provides visibility of work orders and all products in process, and tells you whether they are in a station or not. By generating laser focused data, it drives proactive decision making. Manufacturers benefit instantly from Andon 3D’s key components that allow users to:
 

Set a Manufacturing Schedule:

The Scheduler website provides a visual configuration tool to define when you are working, when you are on break, or to change your production rate.


Set a Production Goal
:

Set your goal for your manufacturing schedule or daily circumstances in real time. Own the flexibility to configure your Andon system to reflect how you really want to run.
 

Know Goal, Planned, Actual:

Instantly see your metrics for a station or the line. Change your Goal or TAKT time and watch all your station clients update dynamically.
 

Generate Events from Man or Machine:

Andon systems are all about communication. Modern communication should not solely rely on an operator deciding to push a button. The business logic driven by Andon 3D can decide when to raise an event based on line conditions or an input from peripheral equipment.
 

Use a Website Browser to Modify Andon:

Use your browser to configure how your Andon system communicates in your plant. Leverage e-mail, text messages, sound, a Big Screen display or even talk to a peripheral machine to distribute your notifications. PINpoint can escalate notifications based on time or suppress messages based on who is scheduled to be on duty.
 

Track Products in Real Time:

Create a Product, a Route for that product and create a Work Order to build it. Andon 3D knows how long each product spends in a station, who worked on it, if it was over cycle, or if help was required. Its tracking capability is the foundation that empowers your Andon system to tell the real story.
 

Analyze Production Metrics:

Data management is more than just feeding a database. It is transforming data into information and presenting it in an effective way so it can drive proactive decision making. Andon 3D’s Reporting engine is built on the latest analytic cube technology and provides ultimate flexibility in how you look at your production data.
 

ABOUT PINPOINT

PINpoint Information System’s software is designed and tested to ‘Information Technology Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release. PINpoint’s Andon 3D and MES PRO manufacturing execution system (MES) software have been developed since 1997 and continue to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufacturers. Thoroughly proven their software products are in use every day Worldwide in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, power sports vehicle manufacturers and more.
 

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry globally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information, please contact PINpoint at +1 905-639-8787sales@PINpointinfo.com or visit their website http://pinpointinfo.com

SOURCE PINpoint Information Systems, Inc.
 

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Introducing Andon 3D Error-proofing User Interface

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Andon 3D by PINpoint Information Systems is a modern twist on assembly line operator user interfaces. Andon 3D is not your traditional HMI or SCADA, it is an error-proofing solution overseeing manufacturing operations and the actions of the line operator. It operates above or next to HMI and SCADA; and unlike those traditional systems, Andon 3D is the ultimate plant floor communication, product tracking and manufacturing reporting system essential for improving manufacturing efficiencies.

At the foundation of the Andon 3D technology is PINpoint’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES), a long-term proven website based configurable plant floor management solution. Andon 3D includes many of the features found in PINpoint’s MES system, which makes it the ideal entry to develop your future manufacturing execution system strategy. PINpoint includes all the manufacturing optimization tools you need in a turn-key paperless manufacturing solution, starting with SmartBuild. Simply open the SmartBuild website to visualize and configure your assembly line in real-time from any computer, tablet or Smartphone.

Line operators interact with their own SmartScreen touch displays at each work station. It provides the line worker information she/he needs to complete assembly process steps, and the timing. It also presents the line worker with andon help buttons for when issues arise, as when time is running out, in order to call for help to avoid a line stoppage. Please see Figure 1 for additional SmartScreen features:

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Figure 1. Andon 3D error-proofing SmartScreen user interface example.


The first order of error-proofing at any station is the verification of ‘who’ is working there (logged in), or not. Immediately the system can determine whether that operator is even qualified to do the tasks at hand; if they are, the system allows them to proceed and provides work instructions.

If we dig deeper we can extract even more details about the efficiency of the work station and line operator. For example, if an operator is not logged in at their work station when a product is available to be worked on, would you not want to know why? Alternatively, if an operator is logged in at their station, and no product is available to be worked on, then why or how did that happen? Only Andon 3D can give you the insight required to identify such time depleting details of cycle time that ultimately accumulate and cause over-cycle events.

All the data or interactions of the line operator with the SmartScreen user interface are monitored and recorded, and can be reported on using Andon 3D’s Production Analytics feature. It is the manufacturing intelligence afforded by the Andon 3D system that leads to the implementation of effective continuous improvement initiatives. All plant floor communications and product data are captured into the PINpoint “Cube” multi-dimensional database, which is manipulated easily in a web browser or by using Microsoft Excel with Production Analytics to report on a multitude of manufacturing operations specifics, right down to cycle-time losses.

Production Analytics gives you valuable insight into where it is your cycle time is going, how it is being allocated, and how it can be improved to the finest detail. It allows you to find out exactly where it is on your assembly line bottlenecks in time are occurring, and who caused them. This vital information allows the manufacturer to take decisive actions to remedy the issue, be it re-allocating cycle time elsewhere, or process steps to another station. Andon 3D is a flexible and scalable error-proofing solution that adapts to your unique manufacturing processes; it gives you the visibility needed to make changes in real-time that impact your bottom line instantly.

Andon 3D Error-proofing Software

PINpoint’s Andon 3D and manufacturing execution system (MES) called MES PRO have been developed since 1997 and continue to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufacturers. Thoroughly proven our software is in use daily around the World in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, agricultural, power sports vehicle manufacturers and more. PINpoint 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 call: +1 (905) 639-8787, email: sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit: http://pinpointinfo.com

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Download our latest Andon 3D product brochure here:
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See the “Why PINpoint?” prezi here:
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VIDEO: PINpoint MES System Production Analytics Demonstration – Part 3 (Valuable Reports)

PINpoint ultimately provides our clients valuable manufacturing reports integral to improving manufacturing processes. PINpoint ‘Production Analytics‘ comes pre-loaded with many manufacturing reports you can customize yourself, and save as favorites for daily viewing, including indispensable Cycle Time reports, Andon and OPE reports (see example Figure 1).

 

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Manufacturing Reports Video

PINpoint manufacturing intelligence reports demonstrated in Part 3 of the Production Analytics Demonstration video below:

+ Daily Average Cycle Time by Station Report
+ Product Average Cycle Time by Station Report
+ Daily Average Cycle Time by Station Operator Report
+ Daily Bypasses by Station Report
+ Daily Bypasses by Reason Report
+ Total Daily Exceptions Report
+ Daily Exceptions by Station Report
+ Product Exceptions Report
+ Fastening Rundown Report
+ Fastening Tool ID/Serial Number Report
+ Daily Job Starts Report
+ And Many More Manufacturing Reports

 


Manufacturing optimization is only possible with the analysis of the data or manufacturing reports afforded by the manufacturing execution system. PINpoint is the only out of the box MES system that both ‘monitors’ and ‘controls’ the assembly line, all data which is captured in the PINpoint “Cube” multidimensional database for manipulation by the software’s Production Analytics feature.

Every tool a manufacturer needs to improve assembly line processes is included in the package; with PINpoint there is no extensive consultation required, there is no custom PLC programming, there are no modules to add, and therefore no added labor cost. By simply opening a web browser on any computer, tablet or phone to access the PINpoint portal website, the user can configure any aspect of assembly in real time. For leading manufactures Worldwide PINpoint is the go-to error-proofing system; it is a proven, turn-key, value-added, long-term manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, PINpoint services industry internationally from their offices in Canada, the United States, and China. For more information please call: +1 (905) 639-8787, email: sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit: http://pinpointinfo.com/

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Evolution of the Andon System

PINpoint continues to evolve its time proven manufacturing software with the addition of Andon system functionality into SmartScreen, the station level software that station operators interact with daily. SmartScreen touch displays are vital to the error-proofing solution; each and every configured user, be it line worker, area supervisor or plant manager is guided by them. When an operator first logs in at their station SmartScreen identifies who the person is, and verifies whether they are qualified to do the work assigned. If the worker is not certified or trained to perform the process steps SmartScreen will not allow the worker to proceed, and tools or any connected devices will remain off or locked.

Once a station operator is verified they are presented with all the information they need to complete their tasks, starting with paperless work instructions and quality alerts; SmartScreen is the workers personal guide to complete the process steps in the cycle or TAKT time allotted. As work proceeds and issues arise, the Andon system functions are prominently displayed on the SmartScreen (see Figure 1.). As shown the SmartScreen is quite informational and interactive, it is designed to lead its user in the most efficient manner to complete process steps and resolve issues quickly on-the-fly. As problems happen the line operator has multiple Andon system functions to choose from; a ‘red’ attention button can be pressed for critical problems requiring a line interruption; or a ‘yellow’ button to call for supervisor help, and when materials are low a ‘blue’ button is easy to spot and press.andon system

Figure 1. PINpoint SmartScreen Andon System


You can also add custom buttons; PINpoint is a ‘configurable’ web based manufacturing execution system, therefore the Andon system and all components of SmartScreen can be customized for your unique manufacturing environment. Once pressed a number of notifications can be triggered, including the turning on of stack lights, and/or alerts can be displayed on big screens for all to see (with colors, graphics or video to draw attention); also audible notifications, email and text messages can be sent. Further, the PINpoint Andon system is much more than push buttons and stack lights, it can be configured to raise notifications on its own, in addition to the manual inputs by the station operator.

Should a line worker for example fall behind in completing their process steps, the system can be configured to raise a Cycle Time ‘Warning’ Event. Essentially as cycle time is depleted and the SmartScreen tracks the line operators progress, a time threshold can be configured to raise a notification alarm before the issue escalates further; a warning to inform both the operator of their situation and to draw attention to the area line supervisor for help. A Cycle Time ‘Over’ Event is also configurable, should the line operator not complete the process steps in the configured cycle time a notification can be raised.

The configurablility of the Andon system or manufacturing execution system is as easy as opening a web browser to access the PINpoint portal; from there the process engineer can configure the assembly line and process steps timing using ‘SmartBuild‘, schedule production with ‘Scheduler‘, verify product status and location with ‘Tracking‘, and access manufacturing intelligence with ‘Production Analytics’. With Production Analytics you output reports crucial to improving assembly processes, including Andon Analytics (see Figure 2.):

 

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Figure 2. Andon System Analytics

 

Changes and tracking are in real time, and all of these features and more are provided in one package, making PINpoint the most value-added Andon system and manufacturing execution system on the market – everything a manufacturer needs to optimize their operations is available out-of-the-box, PINpoint is a long-term proven solution that is designed to be flexible and scalable to grow with you as your manufacturing operations expand into the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact PINpoint with any questions, please call: (905) 639-8787, or email: sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit: http://pinpointinfo.com/

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VIDEO: PINpoint MES Production Analytics Demonstration – Part 2 (Microsoft Excel)

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In Part 2 of the PINpoint MES System ‘Production Analytics‘ demonstration series, software Engineer Marc Seguin shows how both ‘Production Analytics’ software and Microsoft Excel can be used to access and manipulate the exact same data from the “Cube” multidimensional database.

Marc demonstrates the use of pivot tables to work the manufacturing data in Excel. He shows how the data can be transformed into powerful reports; charts and graphs which are absolutely essential for your continuous improvement initiatives.


PINpoint continues to evolve its time and industry proven manufacturing software technology; since 1997 the PINpoint MES or Manufacturing Execution System ‘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).

Please do not hesitate to contact PINpoint with any questions, please call: (905) 639-8787, or email: sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit: http://pinpointinfo.com/

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Production Analytics Demo (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inDK_yAuGgs

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.

Please do not hesitate to contact PINpoint with any questions, please call: (905) 639-8787, or email: sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit: http://pinpointinfo.com/

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Production Analytics Demo (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inDK_yAuGgs

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.

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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.

Solution

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 905-639-8787sales@pinpointinfo.com or visit the website http://pinpointinfo.com/solutions

Conclusion

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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Production Analytics Demo (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inDK_yAuGgs

Manufacturing Optimization Via Multidimensional Database Searches

Optimization is defined as “..an 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 aborges@pinpointinfo.com

Launches Industry’s First Process Control System for Machining Processes

PINpoint’s groundbreaking process control system brought a comprehensive yet configurable approach to the dynamic, high speed environment of industrial assembly typically dominated by custom PLC based solutions. This standardized approach has brought a culture changing opportunity to some of the largest industrial manufactures in the world. The PINpoint solution now has been extended across the entire factory floor and the same principles of accountability are now available for machining and fabrication processes as well. In partnership with Caterpillar Corporation, PINpoint has created a system that can enforce a well defined process in machining and fabrication that can drive an improvement in quality as well as increased efficiency, operator accountability and reduced scrap.

Contact PINpoint today to schedule a demonstration of how we can drive process improvement across your entire facility while generating the vital information necessary to support progressive, proactive decision making.