Your first steps in Prodio

Five minutes, it's all you need to plan your production, register the first manufacturing order and test the majority of functions!

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    FIRST STEPS with Prodio manufacturing software


    Step 1: Add a product and check technology

    Open a product view

    • In the left-hand menu choose “Products”, and next “Add a product”

    Create a new product

    It’s enough to write the name of the product and click the box “Add”.

    What works best is when you add a produced detail –  we recommend adding some photographs and other attachments (ex. PDF) to view things in the same way as your employees at the production hall.

    It’s worth checking: Add technology

    Why is it worth to use the production technology:

    • for products with added technology, the machines upload to production plan automatically plan
    • it is possible to use automatic order marking for orders waiting for the proevious operation to be completed
    • it is possible to compare employees efficiency with norms set
    • you can use estimated production time and operations occupancy
    • you can targetoperations precisely with additional information / files

    How to add technology to a product:

    1 . In the product window, click on ProductTechnology  ( if you wish to edit an existing product, find it on the list by clicking a pencil symbol on the right side of the screen)

    2. Add machines/operations to product with optional descriptions.

    3. Fill out with additional information and save.

    FAQ – answers to frequently asked questions:

    • There aren’t product parameters suitable for my industry ex.”processing temperature”, is it possible to add more boxes?

    Yes, you can add as many boxes as you wish to each product.

    How to do it: go to the left-hand menu in Settings, next choose “Additional boxes”. Choose a green button, “Add an attribute”, and write the name of the box you wish to add (you can add any number of additional packages). New boxes will appear for all new and existing products.

    • Can I change the default units in which efficiency is presented?

    Yes, you can. Go to the left-hand menu and “Settings”, follow “Main settings”, choose a default efficiency unit.

    • I have many similar products to add, is it possible to speed it up?

    Yes, use duplicate product functions. On the list of products, click the “Duplicate” icon – on the right end side, and a product copy will be created, then you will be able to change only necessary data.

    • How do I use groups of products and is it necessary to have them filled out?

    Groups of products are helpful when, for example, as an advertising agency, you prepare prints, pens, etc., using identical products function. On the list of products, click the “Duplicate” icon – on the right end side, there will be a product copy created, and you can add any data you need.

    • Is it possible to connect other software to numeric machine and CAD drawings?

    Yes, it is.

    • We produce machines / injection molds which consist of many elements – how to add them in the software?

    Currently, we are working on the functionality of multi-element products to implement such possibilities as fast as possible. On the other hand, many tooling departments have a dozen elements ranks. They are more than happy to use Prodio, considering that finally, they can see the total time used for making a particular product. So how are they doing it?

    1) A particular element is added as a product of a given device/injection mould (often as a group of products to set the name for the device).

    2) In the order form, a name of a whole device is given as an external order number.

    3) They use a switch “Group by external order number” above the list of orders. 

    We are currently working on a simple products tree, which will be a bonus option for all active accounts.

    Step 2: Plan work at the production hall

    1. Open orders form

    In  the left menu, choose “Orders” and follow “Add an order.”

    2. Create an order

    To create your first order in the system, it’s enough to complete only four boxes:

    1. Number of order / you can check  it’s for your needs only.
    2. Estimated production time – so  when is the order due (and the software will automatically count the days down)
    3. Product, which you are going to produce (choose from the list or create a new product, write its name and press Enter)
    4. Number of pieces to be produced.
    5. Click Save an order.

    3. Plan work on the shop floor

    On the list of orders, find your added order, and on the gear symbol on the right, choose “Plan.”

    Next, choose machines/operations used in the production process  – you can add some comments to test this function, ex. to pay attention to something or monitor a particular procedure.

    If you already added a product with technology, it should now upload automatically ????

    Next click Add

    Now you can admire your first planned order at your production ????

    FAQ – answers to frequently asked questions:

    • Is it possible to use the names of operations ex. packaging, instead of machines?

    Yes, it is. Machines in Prodio are only a contractual name, and you should view it as a list to assign work at production. 

    • Can I quickly create a product directly from the orders level, instead of using Products bookmark?

    Yes, you can. Add a product directly while creating a new order.

    How to do it: while adding an order in the box “Product name”, write the name of the newly added product and press ENTER – the product will be created automatically. Later on, you can edit it by adding extra information/photographs or technology.

    • How can I change machines order on the production plan?

    How to do it: go to the left-hand menu in Settings, next choose “Machines/operations” and on the list – in the column Order on the production plan drag machines up and down to change their order.

    • Is it possible to use twice the same machine/operation in production technology? And if yes – how to distinguish them to be easily visible on the production plan?

    Yes, it is possible and without any limits.

    A tip: If you ex. have a product, which is first processed on a CNC machine, to be tempered and returns to the same CNC machine for the finishing process, you can set in preliminary-” Preliminary finishing” and “Finishing Processing” to be able to assign them correctly in production technology.


    Step 3: See exactly the same as what see your employees at the production hall and register the first production!

    1. Log in as a production manager

    Open a different browser/ incognito mode to simulate a computer at the production hall.
    Your domain to log in, a password and a login you should receive in a private e-mail message, sent straight after your registration. You can you the same address to log in from your mobile phone or other devices.

    2. “Clock-in”

    “Clock in” to show your attendance at work!

    PLEASE NOTE: It is much more comfortable to use an RFID reader and key-fobs (then you ddon’thave to choose a name on the list of employees or give any PIN code). Contact us, and we will be able to send you suitable equipment to test it. smile

    3. Register production

    Now, register for work.

    Repeat it a few times to collect example data for production ????

    PLEASE NOTE: It is much more comfortable to use an RFID reader and key-fobs (then you ddon’thave to choose a name on the list of employees or give any PIN code). Contact us, and we will be able to send you suitable equipment to test it smile

    FAQ – answers to frequently asked questions:

    • Can I change both login and password for a production hall?

    Yes, you can. From the manager’s desktop panel, go to Settings (left menu), Production view, and there it is possible to change both a login and a password.

    • How many computers can I have at the production hall and if it is possible to display different machines?

    There iisn’ta limit regarding the number of computers at the production hall, you can even have more computers than employees – ex. by mounting a tablet at each working station.

    What works best is to set computers conveniently so that employees don’t have to walk too far to check things, ex. one computer at each end of the production hall.

    You can decide which machines will display each computer. Create first a few displays (views). Each computer has a different password and login, go to Settings -> Production panels, and assign machines to a particular panel (Settings -> Machines -> Edit and choose the right desktop panel).

    • How can I test RFID readers and key-fobs?

    Contact us, and we will send you a free test kit – installation is intuitive and takes less than a minute.

    The film about RFID readers:
    • What’s the difference between production and manager’s accounts?

    The production account is used to display a production plan at the production hall. It is not possible to create/modify settings, products or orders. There is a more convenient use of RFID readers or clock in/clock out but isn’t

    • Is it obligatory to register check ins/check outs in the software?

    No, it isn’t. You decide whether it is obligatory. If you ddon’twant to use it or have a different RWT system, skip it. However, we recommend using the registration to optimize your production (and compare lead times on various operations). 

    Step 4: See, how to read production data easily to increase your production efficiency.

    1. Track clock-in / clock-outs

    Go back to your manager account (to the window in the browser where you had it opened)

    Go to Production dashboard – here you can see who is at work – what is being produced, and history of all operations:

    Go to Work history and see operations registered at production, monitor efficiency, and prepare sums easily thanks to filters above the table.

    2. See orders summary

    In the end, to have precise information at which stage of production is your order and are there any discrepancies between estimated and lead times, click a magnifier symbol on the list of Orders.

     FAQ – answers to frequently asked questions:

    • Is it possible to download working history to Excel?

    Yes, it is. You can download a complete working history of production operations at any time and save it as a CSV file, which can be opened ex. in Excel to be archived or further analyzed.

    • What can I do, if an employee made a mistake, while filling ot production data?

    It is not a problem – from a manager dashboard, you can correct production times and the number of pieces made.

    Go to a bookmark “Work history”, and click a blue order number in the two columns.

    Finish! ????
    Personalize Prodio to look truly customized and start tests!

    Maybe it is unimportant detail for others, but you agree that it would be nice to have something customised at your production hall with your brand logo. That’s why we enabled you to put your company logo!

    Auditors and your CClient’swill be positively surprised, and this is priceless. smile

    FAQ – answers to frequently asked questions:

    • Which computer shall I install at the production hall?

    IIt’senough to use any laptop/ or PC with the updated browser Google Chrome / Mozilla Firefox and access to Wi-Fi.

    • What happens with the data, after my account is deleted?

    If for some reason, you decide to stop using Prodio, after some time, your account will be permanently deleted without a possibility to restore it. So if you wish to have all data collected with Prodio, iit’senough to export it to an Excel file or CSV.