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Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC)

Shop Floor Data Collection

Seiki’s Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC) provides a robust real time factory data collection solution, supporting more transparent, effective and efficient works order processing. This module can be operated in conjunction with work queues where applicable to support work in progress (FIFO) booking/tracking. The capture of accurate and reliable data is key to deriving a realistic view of the current status of all (WIP) work in progress, which in turn enables you to have a view of your true capacity for planning and scheduling work throughput.

Real Time Works Order Data

This lean, paperless manufacturing execution system (MES) collects data from events occurring at the resource via the shop floor terminal, where the operator is able to confirm the start and completion of each job. The quantity of parts produced can be entered manually or automatically (via part counter if fitted to the CNC) and can be progressive during the batch or upon completion. Users are also able to record information such as good and scrap part counts and scrap code reasons. Actual job operation times can be identified and configured to refresh the routing master within your manufacturing planning system, creating a closed data loop.

Work Queues for W.I.P Tracking

In order to realise all the benefits of job data collection work-to-lists can be used to support work in progress tracking. Seiki Work Queue Manager software is a module that enables scheduled works orders to be displayed directly on the shop floor for each workplace resource, providing the operator with forward visibility of the planned workload. Creating a work queue is simple. If you have a manufacturing planning system, such as the Seiki Scheduler or a third party ERP/MRP system, a work queue can be automatically created for each resource if the imported data for each works order contains a work centre resource reference. Alternatively works orders can be entered manually or ‘dragged and dropped’ from a central list to populate the work queues for each configured resource.

Manufacturing Intelligence

Seiki Job Report software provides graphical reporting and detailed historical analysis of the progress and times of operations for individual works orders, including a comparison of planned versus actual job times and costs. As well as detailed job analysis the system also displays trends on repeating jobs in the form of a bar chart with activity lists. The data from the shop floor can enable management to make informed business decisions and initiatives to reduce costs and improve performance.

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  • Collect job status data – start/finish/pause
  • Automatic and manual part counting
  • Enter scrap code numbers and reasons
  • Integrated with work queues
  • Graphical reports of individual job performance
  • Export data as .csv, .bmp or HTML format for easy distribution
  • Integrates to your ERP system for automatic updating of inventory levels


  • A data collection solution designed specifically for the shop floor environment
  • Improve visibility of works order status and material traceability
  • Achieve greater data accuracy and on-time deliveries
  • Optimise works order performance by improving output and reducing scrap levels
  • Perform W.I.P tracking
  • Supports accurate job costing
  • Provides reliable data for continuous improvement strategies

Seiki Jobpack DNC

Integrate to Seiki Jobpack DNC to deliver accurate and complete works order information and work queues electronically to the operator terminal on the shop floor, eliminating copy and distribution times for paper-driven operations. The system includes an administrative toolkit for the management and control of NC Programs, including file status and approval, assignment of user access privileges and generation of traceability reports.

Seiki Monitoring

Integrate to Seiki Monitoring to automatically or manually record resource status as derived from the machine’s communication interface. The system enables you to record each changeover and setup times to identify the real reasons for lost productivity, effectively supporting continuous improvement strategies with live and accurate data. The Factory Status feature also offers a dynamic, real time view of the shop floor remotely to support unmanned operations and fast response to alerts.

Seiki Scheduler

Integrate to Seiki Scheduler for a complete finite capacity planning solution designed to provide a high level of visibility and control of your manufacturing process. The system provides a dynamic, fast and flexible solution to a typically complex management procedure. It can create optimal sequences of production based on a realistic model of your true available capacity, as well as provide a clear visual indication of the impact of unforeseen changes in order to prevent late deliveries.

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