Work instructions (WI) in the past and present are typically printed on paper and many times do not represent the current processes on the plant floor. It seems that these aids were more of a formality, used to provide training or answer questions as needed about proper processes and techniques. However, with increasing product variation and consumer demand for higher quality, accurate and real-time work instructions are no longer a formality but an important necessity. Furthermore, paperless work instructions can offer much more capability than paper saving. But where to begin? How to choose the right software to start your digital transformation? A few key features and functionalities of WI software that should be considered in the decision-making process are highlighted below.
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the need to retain images as product is processed through their systems to help with warranty claim management, improve quality and perform root cause analysis. Vision image inspection systems have been growing in recent years because the need for improving assembly line inspection and quality, in conjunction with reduced personnel, has driven demand towards “automated” inspection. Fortunately for manufacturers, vision inspection system prices are dropping and suppliers are coming out with lower cost models which are capable of sophisticated error proofing and file handling. This short guide will help you sort through the features and options to determine what capabilities you want and need.
To explain how eFlex Assembly might support the assembly line issues you are facing, the following are 9 common scenarios we frequently hear from engineers.
There has been an ongoing debate over “zone” vs “distributed” control architecture for assembly line systems. It is the old-school “zone” approach verse the “distributed” approach, which takes advantage of Moore’s law.
GM realizes “weeks to hours” reduction in line change and transmission build dynamics at Toledo Powertrain, resulting from Flexible Assembly Configuration System (FACS) and Siemens control/communication. A tried and true euphemism nowadays — “thinking outside of the box” — usually refers to a pattern of thought or action that results in rapid innovation, enhanced relationships being developed from established concepts as well as new ones, plus a genuine willingness to forego past practices in favor of a better way. Enter the GF6 six-speed, front wheel transmission line at General Motors Powertrain on Alexis Road in Toledo, Ohio.