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(Yes, you can track your manual operations)

If your manufacturing operation includes manual production PlantRun can be used to monitor and track performance, including OEE, in a similar way to any other asset.

PlantRun can work from just a single signal that identifies an action has been completed – such as a product made. Depending upon the application this can be as simple as pressing a switch each time a product is made - for example a physical push button or footswitch or an on screen button on a tablet or PC display.

Tablets can be effective operator interfaces for manual operations where no connection to a machine or asset is required.

Any number of products ID and desriptions can be stored each with a target cycle time that can be used to determine efficiency. Count down timers can be displayed for the completion of each product or operation. Reasons can be captured for under speed performance.

Below is an example tablet screen for a quality check station. In this example the operator chooses between a 'Good' and 'Reject' button. If the Reject button is selected a second screen is displayed with a range of buttons to indicate the reason for rejection. Tablet Operator InterfaceSelected reasons are recorded for analysis and reporting.

This makes it possible to monitor manual operations as well as machines. It means that any mix of assets - machines, production lines, work cells, manual assembly lines or any other plant or equipment can be part of the same system.

For manual assembly lines works instructions can be displayed. 

You can get accurate live performance data from all your production assets.

All data is continuously recorded and you can easily track against product, batch, operator, shift etc. with built in reporting and analysis.

This is exactly how Stannah monitor a range of high value capital equipment as well as manual assembly cells at their manufacturing facility in Andover, UK. Stannah are the worlds largest stairlift manufacturer and rely on PlantRun as part of their lean continuous improvement program. Read more about PlantRun at Stannah

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Manual assembly cells with overhead display showing live actual / target output

Modern sensor hardware makes it possible to monitor just about any manual operation.

Example system for Mulberry

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