Work orders are a key part of every operation that is performed on the shop-floor. A world-class manufacturing operation is built from a series of smaller, individual manufacturing operations. In fact, the basic definition of the work order is quite simple. It can be thought of as a group of many units of the same product that will be manufactured together in the same way. What was once a simple production job ID, is now a critical part of planning and execution of any companies operation. Understanding and using work orders effectively within an manufacturing solution can reduce process setting errors, operational errors, quality issues, delivery delays, material and product scrap, while at the same time improve your floor’s compliance and traceability data with higher productivity.
Rapid growth in emerging markets is causing a dramatic increase in demand for resources, and supplies of many raw materials have become more difficult to secure. Commodity prices are likely to continue to rise and will remain volatile. Manufacturers are already feeling the effects in their operations and bottom lines, and these challenges will persist, if not intensify. Costs are going up daily for our Raw Materials, Production Costs, and Labor. Within Manufacturing you can make a significant dent in your costs by adding Bar Code Data Collection and eliminating paper.
Areas that will show improved cost, better efficiency, and less labor.
How do you justify a Manufacturing System?
- If you don’t have good visibility to every floor order on a real-time basis.
- If you want to shrink your manufacturing cycle time.
- If you want to go paperless
- If you need to improve accuracy
- If you need improve customer service.
Handheld bar code readers can be used to easily and accurately capture actual material consumption at the work center level. This can be used for component tracking, Minimizing material variances, improve accountability and better tracking so specific component parts (lots, serial numbers, batches through WIP operations. Simplify Data entry processes, allowing for more production and manufacturing.