Is production monitoring important?
Issued by FlexLink - Jan 4th 2018, 13:42
Everyone wants to produce more products and receive a higher return on investment with less effort, but is this possible? Monitoring the performance of your production lines might not increase production, but it could tell you how to do it.
Making improvements without measurements or data telling you how your production is performing can be quite hard. Monitoring performance of production lines is relevant in all types of businesses, but crucial where margins are razor-thin and a small increase in effectiveness could make a big difference to your bottom line.
What is production monitoring?
Modern monitoring software delivers useful and detailed information on the status of how your production line is doing and shows you where there is room for improvement. The more accurate the measuring method, the better the adaptions that can be done to improve the performance of the production line. By analyzing the data, you can identify where the losses originate, thus giving you an indication as to what you need to do in order to solve the problem.
Understanding the production line
When analysing the result of a performance monitoring, it is key to overview the whole system and identify the behaviour of several machines in relation to each other. An analysis of a production line could point out a weakness in the performance of one of the machines. It doesn’t necessarily mean that this specific machine is at fault, it can be the machine before or after it, which performs poorly. The data will help you determine if this is the case.
If one of your machines breaks down, your monitoring software should be able to communicate directly with them, to be able to explain why it has stopped producing. It can then provide you a set of tools that will help rule out different scenarios, and get your production up and running again, with decreased downtime.
Deepen your understanding - Manufacturing execution system
The manufacturing execution system, MES, is the Rolls Royce of monitoring. When it comes to a wrapping machine for example, this system can tell you which material is supposed to come in and out of the machine. It clarifies which batch of material was installed, at what date and time, and even who did it. If products are returned because of quality issues, you can check the circumstances used for its production.
Convert feedback to higher production
It is possible to increase the effectiveness of your production with the same line and the same machines by means of continuous monitoring. The feedback could enable you to produce more products and receive a higher return on investment with less effort. At FlexLink, we advise you to monitor your production continuously, in order to receive constant feedback on the status of your production line. This will enable you to identify the bottlenecks in your factory, decrease downtime and ensure a high overall equipment efficiency.
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