Latest software offers real-time tracking

Posted on 09 Feb 2019 and read 1042 times
Latest software offers real-time trackingChristophe Mas, brand manager of WorkPlan Solutions (www.workplan.com), says the problem of “real-time localisation was a major subject raised during discussions with our customers, and it became increasingly urgent to be able to localise and track parts in the workshop.”

Reacting to customer comments that the optimisation of logistical flows is a major challenge for improving productivity, WorkPlan 2019 R1 allows users to model their workshop, and to “localise parts during the manufacturing
process”.

As well as localising parts on the shopfloor, the wide-ranging items of new and enhanced functionality in the project management software include: a new interface with the WorkNC CAM system; automatic recovery of machining times through the machine connection; new graphic representation for project progression; and a new planning display available via touch-screen.

Mr Mas said: “A WorkPlan task number can be readily associated directly in WorkNC. In this way, when post-processing the WorkNC program, information regarding the task number is transferred to the machine tool.

Also, machining times will be generated automatically by the machine tool itself and transferred into WorkPlan through a monitoring tool.

“WorkPlan also fully meets the requirements of Industry 4.0. The latest release of the software automatically consolidates different data generated on the shopfloor, such as: machine status; alarm codes; types of time spent, including adjustment, productive and non-productive; and consolidation of indicators such as OEE and GEE, offering users real-time data interrogation in a single application.

“WorkPlan 2019 R1 also offers a new project process graphic representation as a standard feature; this is based on the current project summary and allows users to see how their projects are progressing at any time, even directly from the home page.”

Other enhancements include: customisation of compulsory input fields; estimation of sheet metal requirements, using Radan nesting; improved ‘negotiated component management’; supplier contract management; comment field spell checking; new-business report analysis; and risk management improvements.

In conclusion, Mr Mas said: “Manufacturing industry no longer wants to use independent IT solutions. Our customers now want a fully integrated digital channel that regroups all their communication and data-processing tools — hence the additions to WorkPlan 2019 R1.”

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