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The Shift Log Goes Digital With Shopfloor Operations Management Solution

When an unexpected downtime occurs, it is no surprise that operators often have other things on their mind than recording the precise cause in the shift log. But this is really important to prevent repeated incidents in future. The latest application in the Digital Suite from Schuler makes life easier for users: ‘Shopfloor Operations Management’ (SOM) automatically retrieves the relevant data from the system controller and processes them, together with other performance indicators, into a clear form.

“SOM shows at a glance the current situation in production and reveals any potential problems early,” according to Product Manager Andreas Gebele. “The performance indicators can be compared with past shifts and orders to optimize processes in future. The reporting provides an ideal basis for the daily shopfloor meeting: An increase in the availability of a system by 30 percent is entirely realistic.”

Since SOM is directly integrated into the coordinating control, best possible data quality including precise time stamps is assured. Moreover, the accurate production data also ensure a more realistic cost calculation. Full connectivity to customer ERP/MES systems as well as open data interfaces to AI solutions are also guaranteed.

Via a user-friendly terminal for entering machine data, external causes of system downtimes – for example the forklift that delivers the blanks too late – can be quickly and easily recorded. Custom notes are supported, as well as addressing specific issues to the relevant responsible person using a ticketing system.

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