Communication between people has a great impact on efficient manufacturing. Clear and fast information flow helps operators, maintenance technicians and managers understand the process better and make proper decisions.
The idea of transparent production is to show in a clear way the key data describing what is happening on the shopfloor at the moment. The insight into the production indicators should be available for everybody to involve all people in current actions.
For example, when a machine is not producing everybody should know: what is the reason of the stop, how long it takes, when the machine will be ready again, who is responsible for the fix.
In ANT we developed our own standard of graphical visualization of production that shows manufacturing progress, results, actions and losses during the day and current shift. This kind of visualization is displayed on large 55″ industrial monitors.
It only takes 5 seconds to see how the manufacturing process looks like at the moment, where are the delays, losses and problems, where is a bottle neck and where is the biggest need to solve a problem quickly.
The keyword ANDON is very popular and it attracts many of our customers to contact us. When a company deploys modern manufacturing methodologies, the ANDON system seems to be one of the first steps.
The old-school ANDON is very simple and means turning on light and acoustic signal when an operator needs support from leader, Maintenance, Logistics or Quality representative.
Modern, cutting-edge ANDON implemented by ANT is much more complex and is a part of Manufacturing Performance Supervisory solution. Our system monitors machine by reading data from PLC and gives operator interface. When an operator needs support, he selects ANDON call reason: breakdown, changeover, lack of material, adds details and comment and the ANDON message is sent with timestamp, PLC parameters like status or error code, to dedicated person via SMS or smartphone application.
All ANDON actions are recorded and available to browse in the system. ANDON records are suitable to calculate real MTTRct (Time to Reaction) MTTR (Time to Repair) and MTBF (Time between failures). All the parameters are calculated separately for each machine, operator, maintenance and technician.
ANDON solutions are implemented on single machines as well as on production and assembly lines.
Industrial Mobile Applications
Use of mobile terminals, smartphones or tablets is becoming a standard in the industry.
ANT’s industrial systems utilizes benefits of mobile devices both with Windows, Android and Linux.
Mobile barcode or RFID terminals are used for Traceability Systems, Quality and Logistics applications.
Smartphones are used for ANDON and Maintenance applications like Preventive Maintenance or Changeover Support.
By using ANT-AOS platform we are able to create dedicated applications running on mobile devices that support various manufacturing activities.