July 18, 2019
Well summer is finally in full swing, and U.S. factory output growth for June 2019 was better than expected, despite a global economic slowdown most likely being caused by the growing tariff wars. According to an article published on 7/16/19 by Bloomberg.com, Federal Reserve data showed Manufacturing output climbed 0.4% from the prior month, after a 0.2% increase in May. The data also showed that Manufacturing production accounts for 11% of the whole U.S. economy.
In the dog days of summer, I wonder if Machinists making sure they stay properly hydrated on the shop floor should also be considered part of the “Smart Manufacturing” conversation? Appropriately, unconventional aspects of “Smart Manufacturing” is today’s blog theme. I’m going to shed some light on how Maintenance and Q.C. operations can incorporate the tools of “Smart Manufacturing”.
The eNET QC Status Dashboard (pictured above) is a locally-hosted software that works in conjunction with eNET’s Machine Monitoring, to increase visibility and accountability throughout the QC Department for the QC first-piece inspection process. This QC dashboard is designed for a large-screen display in the QC department, if desired the QC Manager can also display a seat of the QC Dashboard on his desk computer, for increased department visibility. When (QC First Piece) is scanned at a machine, that job will immediately be time-stamped and will blink on and off on the QC Dashboard to catch the attention of any available QC Inspector. That job will remain in the (QC First Piece) status until the Inspector interacts with the job on the QC Dashboard and changes the status to (QC In Process). An automated email or text notification can be sent to the QC Manager if a machine remains in the (QC First Piece) status for a predetermined length of time. Once the first-piece inspection is completed the Inspector simply changes the status on the dashboard to (QC Approved) or (QC Failed), then all of the live eNET Machine Monitoring dashboards will also update the job status to match. The first cycle run by the machine after a (QC Approved) status change, will automatically put that job into “production” mode in the eNETDNC Machine Monitoring software, and cause that job to be removed from the eNET QC Status Dashboard. Having increased visibility and accountability in the QC dept. combined with the data for how much available machine up-time is being spent on the QC first-piece inspection process, combine to make a QC status dashboard a valuable “Smart Manufacturing” tool. For more info: http://www.enetdnc.com/enet-qc-status-dashboard.html
The eNET Maintenance Dashboard (pictured above) is a powerful yet easy-to-use Maintenance Dashboard that will simplify your shop’s Maintenance Scheduling & Reporting. This real-time locally hosted software allows for full visibility of your facility & machine maintenance needs throughout the whole department. eNETMD also offers an email server with automated notification capabilities to improve the communication flow within your Maintenance Department. Maintenance Managers can schedule or prioritize today’s Maintenance needs or future weekly, monthly and yearly preventative maintenance projects. Once implemented this tool will help to minimize maintenance-related machine downtime, and as we all know reducing machine downtime is one of the biggest goals of “Smart Manufacturing”. For more info http://www.enetdnc.com/enetmd-cmms-maintenance-dashboard.html