Production scheduling software for joiners and carpenters.

Production scheduling software for joiners and carpenters.

REGISTRATION OF WORK TIME (RWT)
AND HOURS CALCULATION 

No more lateness and wasting time at production! Use this joinery software to manage work smoothly.

2 in 1 – together with production software you receive a tool to register employees check-ins and check-outs, without a necessity of buying additional equipment.

Why is it worth using  RWT function (Registration of Work Time), even though you already have card /fingerprint system:

You can  see an updated status, with information about who is present at work, what time they checked-in and whether they just “hanging around”.

If an employee checked-in but failed to start work, you can see that straight away in your panel (even when you are working at home).

Check, how much time % at work is really spend on working.

Very often it turnes out, that for 200 hours spent at the production hall, only 140 hours are effectively spent on working operations.

The check-out function is locked, until all tasks are closed, so you can monitor things better and stay organized. 

 

Thanks to bar coded production orders employees easily navigate among tens of daily projects

 

Thanks to the orders print outs which “travel” as the product is moved from place to place, all employees know what’s what – and registration of progress can be done with bar code readers.

This solution ensures registration process is really fast and takes no longer then a few seconds, and you have active progress view.

 

Thanks to product templates you save time, standardize work procedures and minimize mistakes.

The rule is simple – instead of creating each time a product for the same Client, use earlier defined template adding only data specific for that order.  

This is possible thanks to any number of extra boxes, which you can add to your orders and products, and a possibility of attaching graphic files. How to add additional parameters? – click to see.

 

In your branch trusted us and helped to  develop software with their know-how:

Mainly carpentry manufacturers and joiners employing groups of several people:

  • door and door panels,
  • furniture panel producers / furniture fronts,
  • manufacturers of finishing elements, such as skirting.

 

Tips and tricks, how to adjust your new production management software

Prepare product templates; all what is left to do later – fill out customized for your Client boxes 

If we look at the example of custom-made door order, creating a new product each time for different measurements and combination would be a madness and a total waste of time.

It proves a better solution to prepare templates for main groups / types of products yuo have, add to them production technology and everything what is constant and repetitive and simply drag it to your current order. Using Prodio’s joinery software it is pretty straighforward. 

When a Client places an order you can complete information directly in the created template and fill out boxes for type of finish, size, door handle type – in this way, clear information will get to the production,

Give the production hall clear, one “click” orders 

When you move very fast from order to order it is very important to make the whole process as easy as possible.

Print manuals with bar codes, which you put at the production hall – see how?

and use bar codes for registration – link.

Use tags to mark particular priming or sanding – to see clearly the stages of the whole process

Within this technology (as long as it happens at the same working station) separate priming and sanding by marking them as different processes – in the tag box type, write which time this is.

Thanks to this step you and your employees would see exactly which stage you are at and if you are stuck, where the problem is.

 

To produce multiple element products use tagging to mark their parts 

Technology of the product allows you to set up a path both for door, as well as door frame, by tagging “door” and “frame” and clarifying that division. 

 

Short-list with other suggested settings and useful tricks in production management:

What is the best to write down and set as “product” in Prodio:

The main type of products which you are going to personalize for the order.

Production plan – what can you set as machines / operations?

We recommend dividing into procedures ex. sanding, priming, varnishing, asembly, as well as for particular machines such as saw, file, etc.

Make sure to devide your view into separate production halls, to make it clear.

Production plan – tips regarding displaying  and planning

It is necessary for you to turn on previous operations tagging, so your employees know where to start and which procedure is still incomplete or queuing. How does it work? 

Additional boxes, worth adding for your branch:

All features personalized in the product:
– parameters,
– RAL colour (we recommend to divide it into white / others),
– finishing, etc.

Additional TAG-s at the production hall and in the product categories

– types of processing, ex. Sanding 1, Sanding 2,
– components ex. frame / door wing,
– colours: white / colour (plus the RAL number in the product description).

Frequently asked questions by door, windows, furniture fronts and other construction woodwork manufacturers.

Is it possible for the one operator to operate multiple machines at the same time?

Yes, it is. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to register production effectively in your branch.

Is it possible to include additional procedures such as form assembly or packaging?

Yes, it is. It is possible to create different technological sequences as product’s technology part, which can be clearly displayed at the production hall.

While working od different projects Clients trust us with their documentation which is often confidential - is Prodio a safe solution?

We do our best safeguard your secrets – it is clear that the future of our business depends on it.
In 90-95% of case, data in Prodio is more secure than saved locally:
– connections to web browser are encrypted,
– the server is located in one of the leading and best secured data centre in Europe,
– 
in our company only two people have access to full data and they have financial liability,

–  together with security expets we request a paid simulations of hacking and breaking in to assess and update the level of security,

– separate server archives data few times a day.

We are ready to sign NDA agreement upon request of our regular Clients.

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How small manufactures related to interior finishing industry waste time and money?

How small manufactures related to interior finishing industry waste time and money?

How small manufactures from construction industry waste time and money?

Paul – one of Prodio’s partners, author of majority of the code and our CTO has recently finished a removal project. In the process he was able to see for himself, that things we are describing in series of articles are terrifyingly real…

There were plenty of examples of totally chaotic work on the side of suppliers, where companies made the product badly (starting from doors, through fixture modifications, fitted furniture, kitchen worktop), but it was enogh to choose ONLY 3, which show clearly how much time, profit and reputation lost those companies.

It turnes out, that the problem isn’t in poor quality or efficiency but mainly in huge losses made due to chaos in communication .

1. Case study – kitchen worktop

Who: small company with moder technology, employing about 15 people

What:  Fitted kitchen worktop with an undermounted sink.

 

Although the correct technical drawing was delivered, Paweł received a sing moved for about 1 meter, which made impossible kitchen fitting. 

Costs for the company:

  1. A 3 meter long customized worktop had to be re-made. (raw material + production)
  2. A sink had to be again undermounted.
  3. Colection of mis-measured worktop in order to dismount a sink 
  4. Large-dimension delivery to Pawła 
  5. Reputation loss

Cost of approximately 1500 zł PLN, not including loss of machines and employees occupancy, plus additional reputation loss.

How would it look in Prodio: 

When writing an order on the list of orders the employee would attach a PDF file from Paweł, and the file could be displaed at the production hall.

When offered Prodio software the company responded:
WE DON’T HAVE TIME!

If they had one less complaint a month, Prodio would pay off after one week.

2. Case study – bathroom countertop

Who: small carpentry workshop

Co:  Impregnated bathroom countertop

After completing the order with a salesman at the company headquarter, wrtiting measurements and choosing the right models, an assembly team delivered the furniture. It turned out that both beds have 20 centimeter gap between a frame and the matterrace. Some of the bed elements were from the model with a headboard, on top of that the drawer which supposed to be under the bed was placed on the wrong side.
The complaint was filed TWICE AND EACH TIME, WRONG PARTS WERE DELIVERED.
It hasn’t been solved yet.

Type of dicrepancy:

After choosing a desired color and model on the website Paweł placed an order by e-mail, and received (with quite a delay) a countertop in  a different color then the one ordered. After sending it back and waiting few more weeks HE AGAIN RECEIVED A WRONG COUNTERTOP AND THE PACKAGE WAS SENT TO A DIFFERENT CITY. Not having more time to spare he decided to give the countertop to a different carpentry shop, which will invoice the provider for extra sanding and re-painting. As we are writing this article, we don’t know if the second carpentry shop successfully completed the task.

Costs for the company:

  1. Collection of faulty countertop
  2. The countertop had to be re-made (once again sanding and painting) 
  3. Protection with special oil
  4. Sending a countertop to a customer (Paweł)
  5. Cost of service in a local capentry shop.
  6. Reputation loss

 Cost of approximately 1000 zł PLN, not including loss of machines and employees occupancy, plus additional reputation loss.

How would it look in Prodio: 

When writing an order on the list of orders the employee would write in additional boxes “Color”:  Biscuit and information would appear on the print out passed to production, together with delivery address, etc.

When offered Prodio software the company responded:


WE DON’T HAVE TIME! And
 249 zł PLN seems a bit steep.

 

3. Case study – beds

Who: small furniture producer employing – 40 people

What:  Beds

Type of dicrepancy: 

After completing the order with a salesman at the company headquarter, wrtiting measurements and choosing the right models, an assembly team delivered the furniture. It turned out that both beds have 20 centimeter gap between a frame and the matterrace. Some of the bed elements were from the model with a headboard, on top of that the drawer which supposed to be under the bed was placed on the wrong side.
The complaint was filed TWICE AND EACH TIME, WRONG PARTS WERE DELIVERED.
It hasn’t been solved yet.

Costs for the company:

  1. Part of elements for both beds had to be re-made 
  2. Two additional assembly team visits (a truck-drive 80 km one-way + 2 employees working time) 
  3. We’ll se what’s going to happen next…
  4. Reputation loss 

Cost of approximately 1000 zł PLN, not including loss of machines and employees occupancy, plus additional reputation loss.

TO SUM UP

Even assuming, that Paweł was exeptionally unlucky each of the above examples shows that ONLY because of mistakes made in his case the companies lost the equivalent of 3 month access to Prodio software – so that would sum up the money saving excuses…

…because the biggest loss are time and energy, wasted on working uder pressure, in chaos trying to fix mistakes made under pressing deadlines, adding onto general confucion. 

All mistakes came from the same source – broken communication which resulted in information not getting to a production hall. It could be easily avoided, by investing less then a minute of time in introducing Prodio in orders, thus information would automatically get where it supossed to.

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Production planning in a small manufacture – MANUAL (examples, schedule, production plan, software for production management and Excel).

Production planning in a small manufacture – MANUAL (examples, schedule, production plan, software for production management and Excel).

Production planning for small manufacturers

Practical guide, which helps you to learn how to organize production planning simply and effectively. Additionally you will get ready to use tools plus simple software to manage your production better.
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Production planning in a small manufacturing company is very different from the big factories’ advanced working plans (and varies from methods learned during university education). It’s often much more difficult, and it also requires a different approach!

Despite all the bluster about semi-automatic planning, hundreds of detailed tables and charts and other hokum, which you find on the websites of providers of advanced software for production management, they can give you more troubles than it’s worth. At the end of the day, you will be the one left with paper orders and chaos at the production hall.

Many companies are still using old fashioned production planning methods: they might have worked, but in the past, when there were mainly big factories, with lots of workers and machines. The production structure is much more varied: there are numerous small manufacturing companies, and the old style does not apply to them. It will do more harm than good.

There is good news: if you tackle production planning using suitable tools, making it clear and understandable for everybody, streamlining the manufacturing process is within reach. Especially at the time of accessible Internet tools! 🙂

Instead of having tons of handwritten orders which need coping into Excel, you can have an online, neat dashboard and enjoy a paperless production planning process.

 

 

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What is production planning?

Production planning is the planning of production and manufacturing modules in a company or industry. In other words, this is your strategy for the whole manufacturing process. The plan works as a guide: it shows step by step what should be done, in which order, and how quickly to achieve the desired result. Production planning can help in efficient manufacturing or setting up a production site by facilitating the required needs.

There are, of course, different production methods, such as single item manufacturing, batch production, mass production, continuous production etc. Each of them has its own type of production planning. From clever production planning and scheduling comes good production control. These processes are naturally combined. When you have great production control, you are sure that all the necessary raw materials, tools, knowledge and people are there, so you know how much you can produce at any given time.

In this article the following topics are discussed: 

Other articles that might be useful if you are interested in production planning:

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What should be your main objective regarding production planning?

 

Objective 1: The employees should know what to do, and in which order. Even in your absence.

Imagine a situation: you can go home without worrying or take a short holiday because you know that production will continue, even though you aren’t present. How does it feel? Paradoxically it is straightforward to achieve.

You need a clear schedule, which shows what has to be done step by step — instead of a complicated vision when an employee doesn’t know what they should do. The idea is to create a simple solution. Even somebody, who isn’t really familiar with computers or technology, can intuitively use.

Illustration: the view of production plan from getprodio.com/pl system – try it for free HERE) 

Remember that even when you produce very sophisticated products (which consist of thousands of parts), each person at the production hall has to make a particular element, using that particular machine, accordingly to set parameters, and they have to do it well.

Considering the efficiency of work at the production hall, it turns out that the comment handwritten on the order form by an employee, for example, about changes in technical drawing, is much more important than giving a precise time of starting work.

 

Objective 2: You have to know how much you can produce at any given time, whether you will keep deadlines, and what is your machinery capacity?  

In small manufacture it isn’t really possible (well, maybe it is, but it would involve the astronomic amount of work) to set precisely a production plan, and determine minute by minute when each product would leave  production hall — in a way that all these projections are accurate — there are too many variables, which would cause the original production plan to change very often.

Luckily you have a super processor — your brain, which has terabytes of experience in production, and it knows how to manage things optimally.  All it needs to make a decision is a clear view of individual operations, to adjust things accordingly 🙂

 

(Illustration: the view of production plan from getprodio.com/pl system – try it for free HERE)

The second element, which enables the supercomputer in your head work, is a simple overview, which forecasts ahead of your machinery’s capacity as well as its operational capacity in months, days, hours.

It gives you full control over your manufacturing process. You will feel confident in front of a client and will be able to quickly make accurate estimates, confirm the dates, negotiate with sales reps;

The system will prompt you that something is overdue and it requires you to follow up, or your quick reaction is an excellent advantage and undisputed facilitation.

Objective 3: You and your staff need to know whether the part has been already made during the previous operation.

That’s it — no more running and asking! The bigger the production hall, especially if it has a few floors, the more time is wasted. Countless questions are whether it is possible to start work on the said element or it is still waiting for completion at the previous working station.

A good production plan should show an employee what they can do and what actually can be done from the list of operations.

(Illustration: the view of production plan from getprodio.com/pl system – try it for free HERE)

Let’s say that the paint shop has run out of a particular colour. It doesn’t mean that the whole company stopped working — simply the further elements are being made instead. If one part of the metal-cutting machine has worn down, nobody will wait for it to be fixed; a different one replaces it. The employee can see it on the production plan, and it is clear that some things have to be skipped for the time being, and the job available at the moment can be done. These are the principles of production planning.

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3 ways of simple production planning in small manufacture — tools and software

1. Tables in lean methodology or your own methodology 

This is a typical old school, which doesn’t mean it’s a useless solution, because even today it is used by big factories to visualize a factual situation. All you need is a whiteboard, a roll of duct tape to separate lines, and a bit of imagination to divide things reasonably.

It works in this way: each order is a note self-adhesive or magnetic, on which the guidelines on how to produce something are given. A production manager sets the queue for particular machines, and next employees move the notes — if it is a job still in progress, they move the note to the first row, and when the job is completed, it is the last position at the machine.

There are alternatives: you can place boxes by the machines and put inside orders as they arrive; consequently, employees move the orders between each work station. It is possible to freely modify the above solutions or buy a dedicated one.

There is an example of whiteboard production planning below; instead of using notes employees write down pieces made with the marker, orders are horizontal (own materials).

There is a question of why use such a solution instead of using free Trello software or a low-cost monthly subscription at kanbantool.com, which both give much more possibilities.

Trello is in fact an easy and free table, which can be shared with production. Although it is a free program it has some disadvantages such as lack of work streamlining or analyses of pieces made (only progress), etc.

 

2. Production planning in Excel (or even better in Google Docs) 

Why plan production in Google Docs spreadsheets, not in Microsoft Excel?

  • it is straight away online, and it can be projected at the production hall,
    • it is more comfortable and easier to use: although many years I was working in Excel, after switching to the Google version, I have no intention to go back, mainly because I value comfort the most,
    • the online version is better at handling a lot of production data (where MS Excel online showed mistakes, Google had no problems whatsoever),
    • easier and more intuitive file sharing,
    • better surveys offer a possibility to collect production data.

 Different types of production planning in MS Excel  and examples: 

 Production planning as Gant’s graph – Excel’s example (here Google Spreadsheet)

Production plan Excel (Google Docs) with each employee included

 Above – simple production planning, example production plan in Excel (here Google Docs)

3. An easy to use production planning and work registration online software for small manufactures 

It is 2021, and displaying a work plan at the production hall is very easy, fast, and most important, practically free. The principles are easy — you decide to leave your tested invoice and inventory management system, to implement a new external tool – Prodio and continue production comfortably without any complications. 

No more burning the midnight oil and working the second shift to make sure things are running smoothly. Spend the evening with your family or on your preferred pastime. No more cutting holidays, because the production won’t be functioning without you, no more such dilemmas!

  production planning plan

Objective:  

Controlled and better-organized production at the production hall; your employees must know what order should be produced (they always have an updated production schedule at the production hall). You know the real-time of when the product is ready, can estimate progress and efficiency.

 

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It is recommended for:
  • industries with simple products: metalworking, CNC, injection molding machine industry, elastomers, carpentry, cardboard boxes, printing houses, tool shops and other similar production-support services (ex. galvanizing industry),
  • producers of equipment/ machinery/ steel structures, where it is necessary to manage separately individual elements of the construction (or group of products),
  • the number of employees starting from 2-3 people at the production hall up to about 40.
Typical cost (based on Prodio software):
  • Monthly subscription:  from 97 USD net per company
  • Implementation/setting up costs: 0 USD, the clients start by themselves.
  • Update costs:  0 USD (always up-to-date)
  • Necessary equipment at the production hall: simple laptop/computer with Internet access, RFID readers + key-fobs 
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What should the production plan contain to be effective in the management of work at the production hall? 

 

1. Necessary data regarding production planning, so an employee would know what to do and how:

1. The list of machines/ manufacturing operations depending on how you plan to work;

2. The queue of orders for individual machines/ manufacturing operations;

3. Important comments, usually given as spoken remarks, not connected directly with product’s technology, ex. that at 2 p.m. the courier comes to collect a particular product;

4. Parameters regarding how something should be made — with a reference number to documentation or external order;

5. Deadline – when is the particular operation due.

2.Data necessary for simple production and machinery capacity planning:

  1. Working time of particular manufacturing operations and how they are ordered,
  2. Total working times for individual machines,
  3. Indication, what is overdue or at risk of being overdue,
  4. The connection between orders — the order of manufacturing operations.

What you DON’T need for production planning in small manufacture:

  1. Giving a PRECISE calendar with an estimated time of starting each manufacturing operation is based on scheduling in big facilities. Flexibility is a priority for you, so one phone call from your client would prove it wrong.
  2. System of production planning with Gannt’s charts, etc. Charts are great but to set them up in a way that facilitates production planning would require a great amount of time and precise technologies for each product — otherwise, they would be unnecessary.

 

Online production planning — why is sit so important to have Internet access?

Experience shows that a production hall is where the most common production mistakes happen due to which the company makes losses. Incorrect interpretation of guidelines given over the phone, obsolete drawing, incorrect communication between shifts, mistakes caused by confusion, and resulting from changes of the plan — these are the grounds for the majority of complaints.

The lack of an online working plan and monitoring of progress results in:

  • Much higher risk of using bad parameters/ unsuitable products;
  • The wrong sequence of works, unnecessary changeovers;
  • Hold-ups, during which employees don’t know what to do;
  • Long hours which you spend on controlling the production hall instead of developing your business;
  • Incorrect exchange of information between shifts.

The fact that you don’t have a computer in the production hall is a single reason why you lose a lot of money:

The arguments I CAN’T AFFORD IT/ I DON’T HAVE TIME/ EMPLOYEES WON’T BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT lost their validity. All you need to have an online production plan is:

  • one of the 3 programs mentioned at the beginning of this article,
  • second-hand laptop or cheap tablet,
  • Internet access (Wi-Fi / 3G).

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MS EXCEL for production analyses and calculation (ready spreadsheet for advanced calculation of working history)

MS EXCEL for production analyses and calculation (ready spreadsheet for advanced calculation of working history)

MS EXCEL analysis and production calculation (download ready to use spreadsheet).

This year a “bunny rabbit” got you a special Easter treat in a form of calculation spreadsheet, thanks to which data collected with PRODIO, will help you to reach conclusions and make better decisions.

MS EXCEL analyses and calculation of production – why use a spreadsheet not Prodio ?

Prodio allows you to check (and probably some of the users even don’t know it) the real cost of labour of each detail (resulting from the cost of man-hours), compare planned time with lead time, sum things up using filters, compare any given data in hundreds of ways and many more…

Each of the tens of companies that use Prodio, analyse data in a unique way—  that’s why while creating the software we wanted to give the opportunity to export information to Excel in an easy way.

MS Excel spreadsheets were created to analyse data — giving great possibilities to visualize and accounting, so contrary to registration and managing production, using spreadsheets for calculating makes more sense.

You don’t have to be an “Excel mastermind” because to make data analysis easier (which can be a very lengthy and complicated process) we prepared some ready files (like this one), even when you are familiar with only basic Excel function thanks to them you will be able to handle quite sophisticated calculations.

 

 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING PRODUCTION ANALYSE IN MS EXCEL

1.OUR TARGET IS TO MOVE MAJORITY OF ANALYSES TO PRODIO, SO LET US KNOW WHICH ANALYSES SHOULD BE DIRECTLY IN THE SYSTEM.

Apart from helping you, we would like to use the present form of spreadsheet to collect opinions and ideas, which reports should go to Prodio itself.

This is very important for us to have your insight on how it should look. If any comments repeat we will try to implement them. So far we considered adding many new parameters (including OEE, shifts division or machines occupancy forecast).

2. THE SPREADSHEET IS UPDATED CONSTANTLY

The current spreadsheet is a tested and developing version, so it can contain some mistakes / or some elements that might be missing. We will make it better and work on real-time updates on receiving your comments – the newest version can be found when you click on the link below  

3. Equipment requirements

We intentionally used MS Office 2007 to create a spreadsheet (this is the oldest version possible to use) –  and to assure compatibility with older versions of spreadsheets. To make analyses an older computer model is also sufficient.

Analyse and production calculation in MS Excel

Available analyses:

1. Machine and operation – graph:

A single machine/operation occupation history (with efficiency and graphs).

    Analiza obłożenia i wydajności maszyny MS Excel

In this bookmark you can learn:

  •  how much worked a SINGLE machine/operation weekly/monthly (ex. to check occupancy and see if all working stations are used well)
  •  how long would it take if the machine/operation was doing the same job, but accordingly to norms set in products technology  (to see which machines/operations are the weakest or underestimated in your technological processes)
  • compare in percentages planned times with lead times from the point of the improvement process. 

2. Machines and operations occupancy

The total summary of all machines/operations occupancy.

Maszyny łaczne oblozenia - analiza

In this bookmark you can learn how to:

  • easily sum and compare how much worked machines /operations in a particular month (ex. to check occupancy and see if all working stations are used well);
  • easily sum and compare how much worked machines /operations in a particular week (ex. to check occupancy and see if all working stations are used well);
  • this summary is used mainly to see whether there are any discrepancies in particular processes

 3. Employee’s efficiency:

Work occupational history for the particular employee (with efficiency and graphs).

Analiza pracownika MS ExcelIn this bookmark you can learn:

  • how much an employee worked monthly / weekly
  • how long would it take if an employee was doing the same job, but accordingly to norms set in products technology  (to see which employees  are the weakest);
  • compare in percentages planned times with lead times from the point of the improvement process.

4. EXTERNAL CALCULATIONS, ORDERS: 

A comprehensive analyses of multi-position orders (by external order number), very useful, when you need quickly summarize a whole ex. 20 position order, without dividing it into single items. 

In this bookmark you can learn:

  • how long it took, in total, to complete the whole (multi-position) order
  • what was the total time conditioned by the production technology and norms
  • compare planned timed with lead times
  • see which machines/operations had  the biggest discrepancies
  • see which employees contributed the most to appearing of those discrepancies while completing the order
  • how many pieces were completed and how many shortages were in the process

5.PRODUCT ANALYSES:
A comprehensive analyses of production for a given assortment regarding the whole product making – the best knowledge compendium on your products.

Analiza i rozlczenie produkcji produktu MS Excel

In this bookmark you can learn:

  • how long on average it takes to make a product by particular machines/operations;
  • which operations are underestimated, and which can cut from the calculations;
  • compare planned times and lead times for each product;
  • which processes generate the most shortages
  • which employees are the best at completing a given product (in total);
  • how efficiently particular employees work on given product/operation;
  • how many pieces were made and when (in which months) the production was the biggest;

How to use it – Spreadsheet preparation:

  1. Download and open an updated version of the spreadsheet by clicking here
  2. Go to a bookmark Working history in Prodio, then click „Export the history of operations”.Data analyses
  3. Open the downloaded file with a working history, mark columns A to T and press “Copy”.
  4. In the analyses file go to bookmark “Pasting”, position mouse in A1 cell and then click “Paste”. The software will ask if you want to change content, to which we mark “YES”, as an answer.
  5. It’s ready 🙂

 

Update 1.08.2019 🙂

A BONUS: WORKING TIME AND WORK CHECK INS / CHECK OUTS ANALYSES SPEADSHEET.

We added the present file to analyses and calculation of working time (RCP) based on Prodio’s data, where there are among others 

  • working time division on Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays 
  • overtime and basic working time division
  • clear list of working hours by days 

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Which equipment will work best to register production at the production hall? Computer, tablet or something different?

Which equipment will work best to register production at the production hall? Computer, tablet or something different?

Which equipment will work best to register production at the production hall.

One of the questions often asked concerns equipment used  to register production, namely where is it better to run the software: on a traditional computer or on a tablet? To help you dispel the doubts and make a decision, we prepared a micro-manual, where we try to solve dilemmas and guide you through the best and the most economic choice. 

How do you use a computer / a tablet at the production hall?

Before we answer this question and make the most optimal choice, let’s remember how a comuter is used at the production hall.

The computer is mailnly used for displaying an updated list of tasks for indicidual machines with a possibility of registration of work progress. Additionaly each employee can check in / check out on entering the manufacture, so you know their exact working times. 

The software is using a web browse, that’s why all actions can be done on tablet/smartphone, and Prodio’s servers are responsible for majority of calculations. 

 

Tablet or laptop – what is better?

Using tablets fo registering production:

Tablets have great advantage – they are very easy to install at indivdual machines. They can simply be mounted on the handles and you don’t have to worry about  the space need for traditional computer. On top of it, tablets are quite inexpensive, which makes that choice economical. 

However if are only at the testing stage of equipment at your production hall, please bear in mind: 

  • using a tablet isn’t always as comfortable as it looks, because of protective gloves your employees wear very often. It is also very easy to get your device dirty and in that case it might not work properly.
  • visibility and clarity – on the bigger computer screen things will be easier to read, then on the small tablet.
  • when your employee accidentally minimizes the browser, at the computer the closed window can be brought back with one click of a mouse.
  • it is very important to remember a possibility of entering comments into the software ‒ using a cable keyboard connected to a computer guarantees speed and ease.

 

Using computers to register production:

Stanowisko do rejestracji produkcji i wyswietlania planu produkcji

  • Using a computer means having a bigger screen, which results in greater clarity of displayed content.
  • One of the indisputable advantages of the computer is an intuitive operation, almost anybody can use it without bigger problems.
  • Installation and configuration are easier in comparison with tablets and mobile phones.
  • Attachments – if there is a photograph or technical documentation attached to a product, it is much easier and faster to open it on the computer then tablet.

Which equipment you should choose to start with at your production hall? 

When there aren’t many working stations at the production hall (only one or two) or when you are not sure what would work best, a computer (not a tablet) seems to be the pefect choice.

There is of course a dilemma: should you use a laptop or a traditional desktop cimputer with an additional monitor?

A desktop computer: it is more efficient and faster, but it seems to be more economical to invest in laptops.

Laptops: one of the main advantages is very easy configuration, because of its buil-in wi-fi module, so getting online it’s is much faster. In case of power cuts at the production hall. laptop’s battery can last for a few hours until, the electricity is back on and a restart won’t be necessary.

OUR VERDICT:

 

A laptop connected to a keyboard and a monitor – it is an ideal solution, which you can use at your production hall.

A valuable addition to the above set will be a standard keyboard and a mouse connected by cable. Considering the conditions at the production hall (dust and dirt) it will be easier and cheaper to replace, then notobook’s keypad.

 

When shall you use tablets?

It is recommended when you want to save the space and when your workers are able to register work fast. Tablets work best when the production plan is displayed at the TV screen. 

Bar codes are a perfect complemet to tablets – next to machines are bar code readers and each time when the procedure is finished, the workers can scan the code to register progress in the system.

 

Once you made your choice, what exactly you should buy?

Technical requirements for computers

Technical parameters for computers are not excessive, because their main task is limited to displaying a website, as all calculations are done on sever. For the web browser to wor smoothly is needed:

  • 4 GB RAMi processor Intel i3 (when at the computerare going to be displayed many machines, minimal requirent is 8 GB RAM and i5)
  • Windows 7 or newer (recommended Windows 10)
  • Updated Google Chrome browser
  • Notebook’s screen (the bigger, the bettter – the best is 15,6 HD+)
  • external monitor (recommended) 22” or bigger (optymally FullHD 24”)
  • CABLE KEYBOARD +  CABLE MOUSE

Where to buy? After-lease laptops, which fulfill these requirements, usually cost between 600 – 800 zł PLN gross (ex. allegro), computer screen more then 200 zł PLN.

Technical requirements for tablets and mobile phones

Regarding laptops technical parameters, the most important is OTG support funcion for USB, so any type of USB reader could be connected.

The safest way is to buy second hand, flagship models  ex. Samsung Galaxy Tab. The same regards mobile phones – it can be even 5-year old model, as long as it has OTG function.

Specific solutions for some industries:

Difficult working conditions and equipment 
In case of difficult working conditions at the production hall (it’s dusty and dirty) the best solution is to put the laptop in the drawer or cupboard (to protect it) and leave out at the desk a computer monitor only.

Mobile workers
What about field work, assembly team, repairmen? The system we described works online. Thanks to mobile phones with an easier acces to the Internet then tablets, you can use it while working in the field, not just at the manufacture.

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