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Deep integration with machines

Bottlenecks, too much-used component or process parameters – with native communication with PLCs, we read lots of data, analyse them and present them to you.

Autofilling the forms

Remove paperwork from the shopfloor – replace it with self-filling forms for production, quality or maintenance.

Micro-stops identification

We focus on getting as much valuable data from machines as possible. Automatically gathering data about micro-stops and their reasons help managers to maximise availability and OEE.

Changeovers on the fly

With two-way communication with machines, automatically send recipes and setpoints to save time and ensure process standardisation.

Production under control

Built-in reports help you monitor production in real-time, including OEE, production progress, maintenance calls, machine states and quality alerts.

Ultra manufacturing system

When we think about making the decision we ask ourselves if we have data, real data that we can trust.

You probable gather already basic data from machines like counters, major machine states, production reports from operators. If you want to go to another level as an organization think about much more data – data that is available in the machine. We take all data from the machine and give you aggregated, well-presented data. Based on them you know where is the bottleneck, you know where to focus your lean actions, you know what is not working as it should. This is what PDMS brings right to you.

Second – documentation and forms. Right now you probably display some PDF instruction already on the panels for operators. We want to take you even further. There are still plenty of forms that operators must fill manually or on the PC (e.g. in Excel). We make them digital, to be more precise – you do that on your own with our darg&drop tool. You create forms, fields, we fill them automatically and guide the operator step by step on what is needed to be done.

Third – automatization. Thanks to the deep machine integration we can send setpoint and recipes directly to your machines. Automatically.

Machine Connectivity

Deep integration

By built-in communication protocols in ANT’s platform, thousands of data from PLCs are read. Not only production counters but as well alarms, process parameters or machine’s setpoints. The second side of integration is automatically sending recipes and setpoints to PLC during production start as part of the changeover.

Production execution

Automatisation

Besides production monitoring and guiding the operator, focus on automatisation – display most optimised production plan (by ANT RTS), monitor production in real-time and gather production data automatically.

Defect handling

Automatisation part 2

Gather information about defects, scrap, and rejects automatically-monitor the machine’s signals when the defect was detected, integrate with a vision control system to understand reasons and defects frequency. Then analyse the production environment to find you what events happened on the machine and make data correlation.

OEE Analysis

OEE drill-down

Find out the root cause of low OEE – especially the availability factor. With built-in reports and dashboards, you can understand the main reason and start action to improve it. The OEE begins with the machine and ends with the whole factory and group.

Digital Documentation

Instructions on the screen

Transfer all your documentation and instructions to digital. Operators can use them right at the machine for production and quality, technology, maintenance, or changeover. Integrate PDMS with external software where you hold documentation, with a shared folder in your network or store it with ANT.

Online Visualization

Empower and engage

Everyone can see what the production progress is. It is shared across the factory, across the group. Anyone can see current failures, their reasons and actual OEE calculation. Transparent production and worth trusting data is the direction to empower people.

Dashboard & Reports

Data you trust

Gathering tons of data can make an unnecessary noise – this is why we analyse the data before presenting it. Straightforward, easy to understand charts and reports are showing already aggregated data. It drives tangible actions on how to improve the process and make your OEE higher.

Master Data

Details are important

To analyse data, you need to have data (report it). To report data, you need to build a model. This model is technology. Routings, BOMs, items and materials, orders are too little. You need to dive into details – activities (or step-by-step), quality limits (or tolerances), recipes and flows. Don’t forget about validations and alerts escalations.

Maintenance ANDON

It’s all about knowledge

Fast notification about the failure – check. Quick access to tips about failures history on this machine and not only – check. Knowledge base for maintenance works – check. Monitoring MWT, MTTR, MTTF, MTBF – check.

System Integration

No double work

We import to the ANT platform any data from the external system. The integration is done with different systems – ERP (e.g. SAP S/4HANA, JD Edwards), APS, CMMS, WMS, QMS, etc. The communication is usually two-directional and ANT sends reports and production data to 3rd party system. The range of ways how to integrate with those systems is vast.

Traceability

Upstream, downstream and validation

Each component is scanned on mobile devices at any part of the production line and machine. The system monitors stacks of the components at the line and alerts when they might run of. It’s essential to automatise scanning and printing the labels on the stations.

Reworks Management

Automated paths

Once the defect is reported with a particular defect code, the system updates this part’s route on the shopfloor according to the rework path. The reworks can be bundles with one label or identified separately. The system monitors a maximum number of possible reworks that are acceptable per part.

Quality Inspections

Data gathered automatically

Thanks to machine connectivity, we gather all quality parameters automatically and validate them against set tolerances. Such monitoring is done according to set technology. Condition-based monitoring and control charts help factories to find the unstable processes in earlier phases.

Paperless

Forms and auto-filling

Create any form that needs to be filled during production, changeover, quality, or other activities. The forms you can create in ANT’s Forms Builder and user drag&drag tool. Decide which fields will be filled automatically, the source of the data and the flow for following step-by-step instructions.

Micro-stops Monitoring

Finally – stop the stops

Gathering detailed data from machines about the stop alarms and their reasons helps make the proper steps to eliminate the stops of the machine. The special algorithm helps in finding the root cause of the stops. ANT Smart Factory platform comes with built-in reports that analyse aggregated data so you can understand them.

Machine Control

Changeovers on the fly

Send recipes and setpoints right to the machine at any time of the process. Save time, eliminate human error and make sure that the technology is right for the product. Two-way communication with the machine helps to validate if the setpoints are correct and enable the production to start.

Data Management System

Supply chain and manufacturing processes require the use of advanced technological systems. Product data management is a fundamental element in facilitating the flow of information between platforms used by businesses. How to organise thousands of parameters?

Product data management PDM solves all problems! With this solution, manufacturing processes can be continuously optimised. Document management is carried out online, and paperless manufacturing means that the plant contributes to the environmental care, which enhances its goodwill.

There is a tool that substantially facilitates production management and ensures that the production planning system works perfectly. This tool is known as PDM software.

What is data management PDM software and how does it work? What are the benefits of digital transformation of data and paperless manufacturing?

What is the production management system in question?

The Production Data management System consists of a modern complete MES system and three add-ons: Paperless, Microstops and Machine Control. The most significant advantage is deep integration with the automation level – starting from reading thousands of alarms and production data directly from PLCs and ending on automated changeovers on the fly with recipes management. All your production is paperless as all the forms and instructions are digitised and standardised. This solution let you focus on production optimisation as all data is gathered automatically.

 

Key benefits:

  • Take optimisation actions based on much data from machines
  • Eliminate paper, standardise production process, guide operator through it and automatically fill all your forms
  • Automate data exchange between PLCs, operators and ERP (extract from the page, I have only added the headline.

How does product data management work?

Production operations are based on the processing of collected information. Production management software is a fast and simple way of product data management.

Production planning system makes it possible to organise activities and visualise how manufacturing processes are supposed to work. Paperless manufacturing with no piles of documents – everything is done inside the system network. How is this possible?

Production planning is associated with stacks of sorted files. Production itself generates waste. PDM software ensures paperless manufacturing and flow of documents, thus taking care of the environment. Going paperless is a must for any modern company! And document management itself becomes easy, fast, and enjoyable.

The correct production process is made possible thanks to detailed data analysis. The PDM software is not only about generating current reports easily and quickly. Product data management is also the storage of historical data according to dates, projects or components obtained in the manufacturing processes.

The production scheduling system helps make realistic assumptions in carrying out subsequent projects. These are just a few of the many options opened up by product data management. It pays to invest in product data management PDM software.

How does the production management system work?

How does product data management work? A production scheduling system requires the implementation of a parameter information package. Manufacturing operations could not succeed without this data. Every subsequent action performed by the data management PDM software is based on the initial information. This information is stored, ensuring that production processes are based on the algorithms developed.

Production management software provides a real-time overview of operations, machine performance, as well as failures and micro-downtime.

Document management is no longer a problem. Paperless manufacturing eliminates the need for lengthy searches, while PDM software replaces paper based system with XLS or CSV files. The finished report describes the entire manufacturing process, all parameters and undesirable situations that have occurred.

Based on this data, the production scheduling system calculates the necessary parameters for future processes. An advanced production planning system also guarantees repeatable procedures.

A system that makes production management easier!

Why choose our production planning system? Paperless manufacturing based on production management software is an opportunity to grow your business.

Product data management makes production planning more cost-effective. PDM software helps achieve high rates, making production management efficient.

Paperless manufacturing – is it possible?

What are the benefits of paperless manufacturing? Digital transformation is an effective way to keep current with archived data. Information is available at your fingertips. Going paperless also means efficient document management and their swift sending to the recipient.

A production planning system is a good way of product data management. Product data management PDM guarantees efficient manufacturing operations, all without paper documents and for the benefit of the environment.

Why should a modern company invest in a production management system?

Modern manufacturing is based on the concept of Industry 4.0. This form focuses on full automation. It is therefore vital to choose optimal solutions, such as efficient document management, digital transformation, paperless production, intelligent production management software or a powerful production scheduling system.

PDM software allows for reasonable product data management and production management. The supply chain is safeguarded, and the company is given the opportunity for further expansion.