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Even before a company has a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), most of them use some working time registration (RWT) module. It is usually in the form of a simple fingerprint check-in box at the front door. Once a month, the data is downloaded and used for checking attendance / calculating salaries. But once a proper RWT system and MES are connected, you get a solution, which offers great possibilities for manufacturing companies.

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1.The difference between working time registration module (RWT) and MES (Manufacturing Execution System):

  • In MES / manufacturing control software, we measure time workers spent on different operations, etc. However, it practically replaces paper notebook/paper orders at the production hall, where people used to write everything.
  • Working time registration (RWT) shows clearly how much time somebody was present in the company – it is useful when you calculate salaries, overtime, etc. It’s a kind of register, where you can see employees’ attendance.
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Working time registration integrated with MES – mobile app view.

2. The reasons why it is a good idea to integrate MES and the working time registration (RWT) modules;

Working time registration and MES: everyday benefits

In your production system, you can see who is currently at work, what they are doing, and who is just “lazing around”, what time employees checked in/out. Thanks to that information:

  1. You can flexibly assign tasks on your online production schedule – because you know how many people turned up at work, and which machines they can work on;
  2. When somebody checked in but fails to start working, it is visible on the production schedule (and you don’t need to go to the production hall to see that), so even when you work from home, you can react.
  3. Spot lateness/workers leaving early. You see straight away who checked out before the end of their shift. There is no need to wait till the end of the month to deal with it. The information is direct and clear from the dashboard, where you see the progress of orders and operations. 
  4. Minimize mistakes/lack of clicks and check-ins in both systems – there are special double locks in the software which make sure that:
  • No-one can start to work the order as long as they don’t check in at work (it is a common problem, that people start work before logging in, which proves difficult to  monitor progress, working hours, etc. and creates chaos and lack of organization);
  • No-one can check out without finishing their work on the machine – this is another common issue. People rush to go home and forget to end the last operation. This disrupts productivity and efficiency calculations.
  • It is possible to track in real-time view for all breaks at work and their reasons (this is a new functionality).

Working time registration and MES: global benefits

You can check the percentage of time spent on working.

  • It often turns out that out of 200 hours spent in the company, only 140 hours were productive, spent on operations, etc. This is another great functionality and you can use it:
  1. to discuss a pay rise/bonus,
  2. check where the money leaks appear, because every single hour which is not productive cost you extra money and time,
  3. you can update your calculations adjusting them to tracking software, including machine set up time, preparations, changeovers, etc.

3.  It is effortless to start the integration of systems. All you need is :

  • Employees check things on the production schedule by clicking operations/ activities,
  • Inexpensive equipment: tablet / mobile phone by the door.

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