Introducing Andon 3D Error-proofing User

Introducing Andon 3D Error-proofing User interface
Andon 3D is designed as a modern twist on assembly line operator user interfaces. It is not your
traditional HMI or SCADA; it is an error-proofing solution overseeing manufacturing operations
and the actions of the line operator. It operates above or next to HMI and SCADA, and unlike
those traditional systems, Andon 3D serves as a modern plant floor communication, product
tracking, and manufacturing reporting system essential for improving manufacturing efficiencies.
At the foundation of the andon technology is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that is a
website based configurable plant floor management solution. Andon 3D includes many of the
features found in an MES system, which makes it an entry for manufacturers to develop their
future manufacturing execution system strategy. It includes all the manufacturing optimization
software applications needed in a turn-key paperless manufacturing solution, including a feature
called SmartBuild which users can access by opening a website to visualize and configure your
assembly line in real-time from any computer, tablet or Smartphone.
Line operators interact with their own touch displays at each work station. It provides the line
worker information she/he needs to complete assembly process steps, and the timing. It also
presents the line worker with andon help buttons for when issues arise, as when time is running
out, in order to call for help to avoid a line stoppage. Please see Figure 1 for additional line
operator touch screen features:
Figure 1. Line operator touch screen user interface example.
The first order of error-proofing at any station is the verification of ‘who’ is working there (logged
in), or not. Immediately the system can determine whether that operator is even qualified to do
the tasks at hand; if they are, the system allows them to proceed and provides work instructions.
If we dig deeper we can extract even more details about the efficiency of the work station and
line operator. For example, if an operator is not logged in at their work station when a product is
available to be worked on, would you not want to know why? Alternatively, if an operator is
logged in at their station, and no product is available to be worked on, then why or how did that
happen? Andon 3D gives users the insight required to identify the second-by-second details of
station cycle time losses that ultimately accumulate and cause over-cycle events.
All the data or interactions of the line operator with the touch screen user interface are
monitored and recorded, and can be reported on using another included feature called
Production Analytics. It is the manufacturing intelligence afforded by the system that leads to the
implementation of effective continuous improvement initiatives. All plant floor communications
and product data are captured into a ‘Cube’ or multi-dimensional database, which is
manipulated in a web browser or by using Microsoft Excel with Production Analytics to report on
a multitude of manufacturing operations specifics, right down to cycle-time losses.
Production Analytics gives insight into where it is cycle time is going, how it is being allocated,
and how it can be improved. It allows the user to find out exactly where it is on the assembly line
bottlenecks in time are occurring, and what caused them. This information allows the
manufacturer to take decisive actions to remedy the issue, be it re-allocating cycle time
elsewhere, or process steps to another station.
PINpoint Information System’s software is designed and tested to ‘Information Technology
Infrastructure Library’ (ITIL) standards before any official version release. PINpoint’s andon and
manufacturing execution system (MES) software have been developed since 1997 and continue
to be evolved and pushed-forward by leading manufacturers. Thoroughly proven the software is
in use daily around the World in multiple languages by leading automotive, aerospace, heavy
machinery, agricultural, power sports vehicle manufacturers and more.
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About the Author
Anthony Borges offers over a decade of manufacturing optimization knowledge, with an aptitude
for solving problems which increase manufacturing efficiency. He has successfully provided
solutions to various multinational manufacturers involving the latest technology in sensors, laser
(detection, measurement, welding, cutting, and marking systems), PLC, machine vision,
microscope, and software solutions.