Manual and paper-based production records are a critical source of errors, and hinder the efforts of quality control.
By David Oeters, Corporate Communications with CIMx Software
Production moves fast.
Assembly lines must keep moving. Machines need to run. Downtime is lost money.
Even in the most exacting complex, discrete manufacturing industry, speed is vital.
With an eye on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) spending resources and time on anything other than production represents failure.
This might be why some see shop floor data collection as non-value added time – there is no immediate benefit to tracking numbers on a spreadsheet or filling out a paper-based traveler. If your focus is on completing quality work and meeting or exceeding quotas, then data isn’t important.
Be honest – are the minutes saved by “guesstimating” and fudging a few data points worth it?
Quality and Paperless Manufacturing
Automated production records and tolerance checks are critically important for shop floor improvement.
An initiative and a few more moments in the morning huddle aren’t going to deliver the benefits of real-time shop floor data. You’ll never see real, sustainable improvement in your records and quality using paper-based records. Asking a Quality professional to do their job with dated records is like asking a dentist to do their work with a hammer.
Manual records have too much margin for error. Trying to design foolproof processes that meet the requirements for audits, give you the data you want and need, and fit your shop floor, is never going to work.
Papers get wrinkled. Notes get smudged. Travelers get misplaced. Humans are fallible.
With even a sliver of doubt, records become suspect and quality suffers.
A modern MES, which automates data collection and production records, ensures the shop floor fulfills requirements through process enforcement.
Then the shop floor can focus on what they do best – production. Quality Control has the tools they need to be effective in their job.
Focus on Manufacturing
Rather than adding complexity and cost to production, paperless manufacturing allows everyone to work better. Improvements become not only possible, but sustainable.
Today, with modern software architecture and the advancement of technology, software is less expensive than ever before. A system can be up and running and users trained very quickly so you can begin building your ROI within a month.
In addition to automated records and improved quality, you have revision-controlled planning, paperless operations, enhanced planning, and real-time shop floor visibility and control.
Want to learn more, or see how paperless manufacturing can improve your shop floor? The CIMx free shop floor analysis is an excellent way to kick off a new project.