PlantRun is a real-time machine utilisation system and provides sophisticated collection, reporting and analysis of machine downtime – which is a major cause of lost manufacturing production.
Most manufacturers do not have accurate information about their machine usage. Using manual data collection is not only wasteful of staff time (taken to collect and input data) but is inaccurate (time guesstimates and data inputting errors) and the information you need is not available on demand (time lag from data collection, inputting and processing).
PlantRun enables detailed downtime cause analysis and gives you the information needed to manage effectively and slash machine downtime.
Unlimited downtime causes can be assigned to form a multi level tree structure of reasons for each machine. The top level normally includes the generic reason – electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, changeover etc. Each level below that provides options and sub options to define the downtime reason in detail.
The machine operator selects the relevant reason for any downtime from the list using the shopfloor terminal linked to that machine (or by entering a numerical short code). PlantRun can also accept downtime reason codes from a machine PLC, however operator selected reasons generally provide more specific information as to the actual cause of the stoppage.
Downtime dashboards allow you to view and analyse downtime and the causes for it, making downtime cause analysis very easy. This can be done for each machine or across several or all machines making it simple to do a broad or detailed downtime cause analysis.
A quick statistics tool highlights the major causes of downtime over any period you select so you know where to target resources for best results. Tracking changes over time you can see what effect the initiatives you put in place have had on machine utilisation.
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