MV2 PLANT COMMUNICATIONS
Plant Communications is the next layer in the foundation allowing a pipeline of information to flow to the plant floor. Plant Communications has three major components:
A Paperless Job Scheduling tool will support production line level scheduling. This tool supports the micro level sequencing of jobs that production supervisors do on a daily basis. With visibility to orders that are ahead or behind and the ability to look across multiple work centers, the scheduling tool enables good decisions. An easy to understand user interface supports drag and drop techniques to move jobs around in a single work center or even to another work center. The results of the supervisors scheduling decisions are communicated real time to the production floor through a Paperless Electronic Dispatch List.
Production workers will access the Paperless Electronic Dispatch List through a workstation convenient to their work area. Complete information about the jobs assigned are shown in the order in which they are to accomplish their work. Color coding is used to identify important statuses like a job that is falling behind or a job that will not complete on time. Configurable options are available to restrict workers to ensure the top priority jobs are worked on first. Additionally, the Paperless Electronic Dispatch List provides access to the Paperless Shop Packets (or electronic traveler). Mission critical information is made available to production workers through one source. Our flexible integration engine within the Paperless Shop Packet make access to things like setup or run instructions, engineering drawings, order quantities, routing information, training videos and more an easy undertaking. Up to date and accurate information will help to reduce the labor cost associated with managing order changes. For example when an order quantity or an engineering change is made, those changes are visible in MV2 as soon as they are saved in the originating system. The need to manually track down published shop packets and all the related overhead and errors are eliminated.
Plant Communications is of tremendous value and it is well accepted by production workers. Once the workers see the value and benefit from the information available through these tools, the user acceptance level goes up dramatically.