Released on: 27, June 2006
, Author: Hellen Budaya-Pileski
, Audience: Software related
Real-time shop floor technology by Shoplogix is profiled bymanufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler in the current issue of the online versionof Quality Digest. According to Cutler s article, At the Shorewood Packaging Midland Avenue facility inToronto, real-time information helps yield world-class lean manufacturing results.Shorewood Packaging is part of International Paper, which has operations in morethan 40 countries and sells its products in more than 120 nations. ShorewoodPackaging has three plants in Ontario, Canada, and is one of the world s leadingmanufacturers of premium packaging. The company could identify machines that were ahead or behind in productivitythrough key performance measurements, but these numbers weren 't relevant to machineoperators. Management needed to find a way to provide relevant information tooperators and give them the ability to set efficiency goals on a per-job basis.In an attempt to increase efficiency, Shorewood Packaging first looked for a deviceto identify machine status via light emitting device (LED) display marqueesconnected to their equipment. They implemented four test devices to see if leanmanufacturing results would be possible. The company implemented a software solutionby Shoplogix, with which the employees became engaged. This solution offeredreal-time cost and job variances on the LED display boards to help operators andmanagement visualize and graphically understand where they were versus where theyneeded to be in the production process. Shorewood evaluated other solutions based onthese criteria and assessed typical server-based data-collection systems. TheShoplogix software enabled a direct connection to existing production equipment andallowed the company to capture real-time machine-productivity information,quantifying improved performance and contributing directly to the bottom line.ABOUT SHOPLOGIXShoplogix develops integrated web-based software solutions that optimize plant flooroperations. Shoplogix solutions improve productivity, efficiency, and totaloperational performance by allowing companies to make real-time decisions thatimpact profitability while actively engaging employees in the process.Shoplogix Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, withoffices across North America. The company serves a growing base of Global 2000companies to set new standards for production performance and efficiency inindustrial environments.PLANTNODEPlan tnode is a hybrid web-based software application designed on an open platform tointegrate with existing production equipment, analyze real-time performance, andevaluate machine productivity. Plantnode s built-in intelligence goes beyond rawdata collection to provide a fully integrated production and performance managementapplication; differentiated by the ability to compare real-time data against plannedestimates. Plantnode is proven to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)and enables machine level visibility on a 24x7 basis with automatic escalations andinteractive processes to drive higher levels of operational efficiency, quality, andperformance.PLANTNODE NETWORK Plantnode Network is an enterprise web-based software application that consolidatesand analyzes operational data for all Plantnode enabled equipment providing acomplete and accurate view of production performance. Plantnode Network sdistributed design provides true enterprise scalability to evaluate real-timeperformance on a plant-wide, multi-site, or global basis.
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