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Lowering Hardware Costs & Closing the Skills Gap
Virtual devices, as the name implies – are virtual iterations of a physical item. For instance – pick-to-light bins usually prompt an operator to take parts from a specific bin, each light needs to be purchased individually and connected through to the backend via PLC. This is not practical. Not only because of cost – but also the intervention of highly skilled technicians. Virtual devices can replace items such as push buttons and pick-to-light bin indicator lights.
No-Code Line Configuration and Optimisations
ODIN Manager helps to eliminate the use of paper, ensuring that all updates and changes to the work instructions are done from one location and deployed to the entire line. Changing operating sequences to improve process flow is as simple as pushing an arrow button to move the instructions’ position within the sequence. Its no-code interface meaning that, no highly skilled programmers are needed to assist in improving or changing tasks in the sequence, this can all be done by your process engineer!
Station Hardware, Enabling Worker Guidance and Skill Augmentation
Hardware-enabled operator guidance aids in increased productivity through real-time operator guidance, where the hardware devices help to streamline workflows & reduce errors, providing feedback to the operators through prompts, alerts or visual indicators to aid in faster and more accurate task completion. Skill augmentation is another benefit, due to the hardware bridging the gap between experienced and inexperienced operators, empowering workers to perform tasks they might not have been able to otherwise accomplish.
Other benefits include – improved safety and quality control, expedited training and onboarding.
The Future of MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
For the past 15 years, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been the bridge between production line control systems and the company ERPs. They played a critical role in reducing the manual exchange of data between the top floor and the shop floor.
𝗢𝗗𝗜𝗡 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 redefines what an MES is. We go deeper into the PLC and higher into the ERP. This No-Code tool for engineers to continually implement line improvements, Edge AI to guide operators more intuitively, Live line side components count data shared to ERP, Cloud-based maintenance system.
Operator Interface – Driving Quality and Efficiency
The user-friendly interface reduces operator training time, enabling more efficient and effective learning. Real-time monitoring, quality control features, data visualisation and automated error detection. Streamlined workflows – providing clear instructions, process guidance and visual cues to the operators. Real-time information, production metrics and quality indicators, all help to empower operators to make more informed decisions.
An Operating System, But for Your Shop Floor
By adopting the concepts used in computer operating systems and how the various standards, such as hard drive communication, management of CPU usage, and the various communication protocols, such as USB and HDMI, can help create a framework for an operating system for the shop floor.
In this video, we discuss how we could use the computer #operatingsystem concept as a framework to create a future standard for managing discrete manufacturing shop floors that are digital first.