Production Technology (optional)
Technology (optional) is a form of technological path. It’s based in a “Product section” right next to the “Basic information”. You created it from scratch, from A to Z, using machines and operations, which your product is going through.
Within the technology it is possible to set any technological processes where you can choose the same machine or operation multiple times ex. to use different programs on the same processing machine.
Once you set a technology, Prodio will remember the path, so when planning the Order, it will be enough to click only once to see all operations. Just choose from order desktop, the column “Actions” and next click on option “Plan“.
You can also plan operations not connected with production such as ex. cleaning, service. In this way, you can check how much time, the employees spent on them.
Adding a (production) technology to products
You can create your own technological path, by clicking a blue button “add an operation/machine”. You can add any number of operations and machines. It could be a name of a particular machine or a term, which you use only in your manufacture. Operations are activities you perform strictly during production process. On a plane example, you can see that we will cut, fold and paint.
To put it simply, an employee working at the final stage of a production order informs us how many pieces of particular product are finally ready to be sold or stored.
Please remember to check “Finished product” only at final operation, when it’s actually ready.
Not all boxes are required to be completed – comments, tags or types of operations can be added later.
Operation’s position in production technology is very important for the employees. The first from the top will be the one they see and to start working first (based on the rule: from the top to the bottom). If you make a mistake, there is no need to worry: you can easily change position of the operation on the list – just hold the cross symbol.
Each individual technological operation / machine added to a product is one TASK on the ORDER, so this is the number of operations the product will go through to be FINISHED.
This operation is independent of the number of pieces made.
Sometimes it happens, that there are operations which you go through only once for per given order – ex. Issuing a quality certificate, truck upload, cleaning, furniture assembly or preparing a project by the constructor (it doesn’t matter if you have in your order 20 pieces or 10 000 it doesn’t multiply by those number).
As its name indicate – irrespectively of the number of pieces – in your order will be always the category completed: 1 (ready) / 0 (not ready).
While registering work, an employee will have two STOP options – not ready, STOP – ready.
This is a set operation
You can make your production management more efficient, using machine changeover times / work station preparation. There are different industry examples from our Clients:
- Metal processing: changng a tool on CNC machine
- Injection moulding industry / elastomers: form assembly on injection moulding machine / hydraulic press
- Printing shops / cardboard packaging: ex. setting sloter’s parameters
- Other productions: pouring installation cleaning at cosmetics production
That is to say everything which has to be done for the product to be made at the particular working station.
Why is it worth to take into account changeover times / work station preparation?
- Much more precise production efficiency – you can analyse separately machine setting time and working operation time
- It’s an additional element of a production process, which you can improve by comparing how particular employees work
- More precise planning and delegating orders on the production plan (machines set as individual operations)
- Improved changeover times and the quality of production by:
- attached tips regarding machine changeover
- visual manuals / photographs how to mount a form
- possibility of starting SMED method tests in a small manufacture
Technology – Options
Decide for yourself how to store information– as you are used to number of pieces made per hour or you might prefer to give time needed for making one piece – in seconds, minutes or hours. Then, when you add a new order, the software will automatically calculate estimated production time.
All comments attached to operation will be visible to an operator, once they start working on that particular operation, for the given technological process. Information will be displayed for those you feel necessary to keep updated. It’s voluntary, so you don’t have to write any comments – it’s best to keep it as simple and efficient as possible.
Using the same machine/operation twice in production technology
And if it’s possible, how to differentiate them, so they will be easily distinguished on the production plan? Yes, you can do it, and the good news is – there are no limits. If you have a product with ex. preliminary CNC machining, which later goes to tempering, to be back to the same CNC machine for finishing, you can set TAGs in the system “Preliminary Processing” and “Finishing Process”, to assign them to required technology.
Not checking anything in the box “types of operations”
- The employee accounts for the order in the number of pieces made. Finishing an order means making X number of pieces. Once the work is finish, an employee writes down the number of pieces made in their desktop panel.
- You can set norms for particular operations and decide whether you count the number of pieces made per hour or the time of making one piece (in seconds, minutes, hours).
Why is it worth to use production technology?
- When production technology is fulfilled, machines automatically enroll on the production plan
- You can use the marking of orders awaiting the previous operation
- The achieved performance is compared with those contained in technology for the employees
- You can use the estimated time of execution and the occupancy of the operation
- You can use precisely information to each process/stage