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: https://prezi.com/p/ewlfvgglri6o/#share
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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELATED LINKS – CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Production Analytics Demo (Video):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inDK_yAuGgs