Implementation of changes based on ANT
Based on the gathered data showing the state of production in the factory from an analytical point of view, a pilot ANT system was implemented, initially designed for one production line.
The concept was quickly expanded, and today the ANT system covers all eight production lines in the factory.
The basic step that was the foundation of any changes leading to production optimization was the refinement of the system for communicating with the machines. The changes in the first stage covered the transmission of signals from machines – within PLCs or I/O module – in order to gather all data about production process, such as production execution, waste, states, speed.
Some of the machinery that are used to manufacture packaging and protective materials in the pharma cosmetics industry are:
- tube maker (IMA)
- filler (MLB)
- sealer (Unilogo)
- cellophane wrapper (Sollas)
- packing machine (Logopak)
- labelling machine (Unilogo, PAGO)
The changes in part of the system additionally included the supply of equipment necessary for broadly defined analytics. It should not be viewed solely through the prism of strictly mathematical and logical operations. It was necessary to create a system and solutions that would provide a transparent and clear presentation of the current state and potential solutions – so that production managers would have a comprehensive insight into individual processes. Along with MES analytics and micro-stops diagnosis, ANT provided four large screen TVs and ten operator control panels to increase transparency and support employees during the production process.