Under the Toyota system of Just-In-Time manufacturing, making “only what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed,” is the ideal. For most small-to-medium businesses, this is a continuing challenge that is hard to achieve. To begin with, you must be able to collect data from all aspects of your production floor.
This data must be studied. Once it is understood, improvements can be made. This process is repeated through every production cycle, consistently improving efficiency and therefore, profitability.
Until the improvements in data collection brought about by the Industrial Internet of Things, printed spreadsheets and manually entered data were the only way to gather information, and this (hopefully correct) information was then entered into even more spreadsheets and columns.
Similarly, drawings and instructions on the shop floor were kept in binders or printed at a station. This often led to a steady stream of people coming into the production office looking for replacements for damaged or lost documents.
Prodsmart manufacturing execution software (MES) was developed to help manufacturers collect, interpret, and apply the wealth of knowledge which already exists in their processes. This powerful tool was designed to take full advantage of all manufacturing information:
Prodsmart is ready to help with assessment & analysis, management consulting, technology consulting, or training, and several different tiers of service plans are available, depending upon the level of focus required.
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