We’re glad you asked! And with the help of our friends at Insight Works, a leading provider of 3rd party and added-functionality software solutions for Microsoft Dynamics (NAV), we’ll share a few ideas with you today… just to get the folks who aren’t so automated out there on the shop floor… thinking!
Following are a few activities you might not think of initially when you think about production, but each of these represents a streamlining of your production flow, speedier order output, and all the corresponding effects upon efficiency, throughput and the bottom line.
Production Order Assignment – Enable users to assign production orders to Shop Floor employees. Dispatch lists can then be filtered in a number of different ways to show specific production orders, like assigned or unassigned.
Shift Scheduling – Gives users the ability to schedule recurring shift patterns. Recurring patterns are quickly and easily configured with the shift schedule configuration list and can be applied to groups of employees and individual employees. Applying a schedule will commit the pattern to ‘Alternate Shifts,’ allowing easy overrides and manual configuration of exceptions. You can even view a visual shift calendar to make things simpler.
Production Dispatch Lists – Used as a primary means of clocking into production orders or viewing outstanding work. When there are hundreds of rows displayed it can be difficult to identify specific items, so Shop Floor Insight streamlines processes by only displaying the list of production orders that are relevant. Effective dispatch means scannability (a small, focused list), focused on the task at hand (by restricting which work centers are shown), and process-focused (i.e., utilizing global filters so that only orders ready to be released are released, and only finished when actually finished).
Cleaning up barcodes – Barcode entries are used to hold mapping for people, production orders, jobs, and more. Over time these entries can grow in volume, especially on installs that have a very high throughput of barcodes, and generally need cleanup to keep scanning speed fast. Cleaning barcodes provides options to decide how to clean, whether you’d like to just remove finished production orders, or people that have been removed from the system.
Color code your visual cues – Color-coded visual cues are a great way to help identify which time card lines are open (not yet clocked out), as well as whether the setup time or runtime has been clocked-in – all of which help to make time card management easier.