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Visual Management Software

Visual management software solutions for manufacturers Present a live view of the shop floor throughout the company

Visual Management software and solutions provide an effective means of communicating to a wide group of people through the use of visual signals, helping to create an information rich environment. The use of visual signals as opposed to various forms of written communications, either paper based or on screen, allows for fast recognition and understanding of the information being transmitted.

Translate data into information, information into meaning and meaning into action!

There are two primary forms of visual management; Visual Display and Visual Control.

Visual Displays

Visual Displays convey important company and/or production information, such as current operations/progress status and performance metrics, in an easy to digest graphical format, to create a shared understanding and encourage teamwork. Seiki can support the delivery of production information in strategic locations throughout your organisation via a number of visual management solutions.

    • Seiki’s touch screen industrial PCs enable you to display and collect critical production information electronically at the point of use on the shop floor. The simple, easy to use touch screen interface enables the operator to interact directly with the system, to work with the latest manufacturing data (such as drawings, simulation videos, photographs, layout sheets and tool lists) and to feedback live production and works order status data.
    • Live Status provides a dynamic real time view of the manufacturing environment showing current machine status and job information. It displays a pictorial representation of the shop floor overlayed with configurable status tiles containing live data such as Job ID, Time in Status, Works Order Number. The tiles are also colour coded to enable users to identify the live status of each individual monitored resource as it is updated on the terminal by the operator.
    • The Seiki Scheduler maintains the appearance and functionality of a traditional planning board to provide a graphical appreciation of the workload and capacity across your facility.  The ability to see every order on the workload and how they interact with each other means you are able to make informed planning decisions with greater confidence. The Scheduler’s simple traffic light system gives a clear visual indication of WIP and the potential impact of unforeseen changes to the workload in order to prevent late deliveries.
    • View Only versions of the Seiki Electronic Work Queues and the Scheduler Planning Board provide other departments within your company with a fast, simple but intelligent live view of the shop floor. This can help to align people and processes through a more collaborative and priority driven approach that generates real value to the business.
    • Using the data collected  from the shop floor our Analysis Toolkit increases visibility of the activities associated with every works order and shop floor resource through performance analysis charts and graphs. These simple yet powerful graphical views of critical data such as productive time, resource utilisation and efficiency make it easier to interrogate reliable, actionable data from the shop floor in order to quickly identify problems and highlight areas for improvement.
    • Andon Presenter is a full screen display feature that can be configured to present a number of performance screens on a continuous loop. As an evolution of the classic Andon board, the software delivers a valuable combination of live and historical production information to large groups of employees at the same time.

The visual display of critical production and process data can speed up operations by turning it into meaningful information that is easier to recognise, interpret and use, by a large group of people simultaneously.

Visual Control

Visual Control is designed to help control processes and trigger actions in response to deviations from standard. Providing visual cues that reinforce and instruct users in procedural activities helps to standardise the work environment, which is particularly important in operations where conformity to quality or industry standards and traceability are essential.

  • Jobpack DNC facilitates the controlled transfer of NC program files to the shop floor for use by the machine operator. The software provides a graphical file status to warn and restrict access to unproven programs. This type of systematic control can underpin your internal quality procedures.
  • Our Paperless Manufacturing solution provides accurate and complete job information such as drawings, simulation videos, photographs, layout sheets and tool lists to the point of use when it is required. Delivering critical production data electronically to the right place, enhances communication between the office and the shop floor, eliminates waste, improves performance and optimises operational efficiency.  The software can also aid in the definition, standardisation and enforcement of procedures through features such as NC file status and approval.
  • The Scheduler’s simple drag and drop feature provides a simplified and more dynamic approach to the traditional gantt chart style planning as it allows users to undertake what-if scenario planning to find an alternative, viable production plan. The software will automatically re-schedule the workload for all operations, giving you a graphical appreciation of the real affects of the changes to the entire production schedule.
  • Electronic Work Queues ensure that machine operators know exactly what they are meant to be doing next and have access to critical, approved manufacturing data that reflects the latest manufacturing priorities. The software also displays a graphical indication of any deviations from the planned start/finish time.
  • Seiki NMS is a highly customisable solution that can be configured to trigger an alert should any deviation from predefined standard conditions or thresholds occur. The system also prompts user input to required fields.

I’m interested in Visual Control solutions what should I do now?

We’re delighted that you’re interested in our wide range of manufacturing execution and production control solutions and want to hear from you. Our sales team can be contacted directly at 01273 666999 or via email sales@seikisystems.co.ukand they will be happy to answer any questions that you have and to discuss technical features of the system.  Alternatively, we have a short online enquiry form if you prefer.

Visual management software solutions for manufacturers Present a live view of the shop floor throughout the company

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