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Your Competitive Advantage

It’s no secret that manufacturing becomes more competitive every day. As a result, companies face pressure to meet customer demands while producing high quality goods at lower cost. Without real-time shop floor control, how can you meet these challenges and maintain your competitive edge?

Gain greater Plant & Shop Floor insight through real-time visibility from Radley’s Shop Floor Control (SFC) solution. Automate the collection and reporting of valuable Shop Floor data to make continuous improvement a reality. 

Real-Time Visibility to People & Machines

Real-time production monitoring allows focus on what matters in your job shop. Track WIP, machine stats and labor efficiencies while minimizing time spent on reporting. Radley’s Shop Floor Control software is configurable to reflect your unique processes. This is true whether you run in a discrete or repetitive environment. 

  • Reduce Time Spent Gathering Reports
  • Eliminate Handwritten Lists & “Tribal Knowledge”
  • Streamline Workflows & Increase Efficiency
  • Reduce Errors & Long Term Costs
  • Improve Reaction Time

Improve Processes

Use as a stand-alone solution or integrate to fill gaps in your existing ERP’s functionality. See critical information all in one touch screen dashboard. Our configurable, multilingual user interface makes it ideal for a diversified workforce.

Robust Functionality

Radley’s Shop Floor management software utilizes Kepware® middleware technology. Kepware meets OPC Industry Standards to communicate to machines, scales, ovens and more.

Improve on planning and tracking functions with real-time reporting capabilities. Radley easily integrates with existing systems to create a single system of record. For example, integrate your ERP, legacy or homegrown systems. Plus, pull data from automated handling equipment, retrieval systems, MES or proximity sensors.

  • Collect Data from PLC, Machines, Scales, Ovens & More
  • See WIP, Queued Jobs & Completions
  • Track & Report Runtime & Downtime
  • Print Labels
  • View Job or Work Order Information
  • Change Setups
  • Report Scrap/Rework
  • Collect & Update Labor Data

Learn More About Shop Floor Control

Click below to learn more about shop floor software. Or check out Radley’s blog for the latest articles on warehousing and manufacturing.    

Improvement through Shop Floor Control Software
What is Shop Floor Control?
 
The shop floor activated at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. But, now the job shop revolution lies in data and its effective use. Never before has there been such sophisticated manufacturing software systems. They can effectively track progress of production in real-time to best plan, schedule and manage costs in shop floor operation.
 
Project managers (PMs), supervisors and operators access real-time work in progress information using shop floor control (SFC) software. As a result, decision makers can improve responses in the moment. Now, they can oversee a constant supply of information on factory activity.
 
For example, managers now have the ability to track and report on production orders, inventory costs and material planning. Add to this job status, labor and machine usage, and quality managers can get a complete picture of what’s happening on the plant floor.
 
Also, SFC systems identify vulnerabilities and risks. For instance, whether due to processes, employee performance, or the shop environment itself.
 
Most SFC focuses on these primary functions:
 
  • Workforce and resource scheduling
  • Routing material movement for project completion 
  • Streamlining shop floor processes
  • Identifying errors in product quality and process efficiency
 
These functions result in big benefits for manufacturing companies.
 
4 Benefits of Shop Floor Control Systems
 
1. Optimize Workflows
 
SFC systems provide tools to tailor schedules and workflows to optimize schedules and resources. By identifying bottlenecks in your existing workflow, you can boost productivity. At the same time, the data allows you to cut inefficiencies.
 
The main areas to consider are:
 
People
 
Are you using them in the right places? Can you analyze productivity and costs associated with labor? Is your team operating as efficiently as possible? 
 
Technology and equipment
 
Does the tech in place provide the right solutions for your operation? Is your equipment compatible for your production requirements? Can you access real-time machine status? 
 
2. Analyze Labor Productivity
 
Are your employees using hand-written notes or spreadsheets to record their work times? It’s hard to gauge labor productivity without real-time reporting.
 
But, the right shop floor control system incorporates labor tracking. As a result, this key data is always at your fingertips.
 
For example, compare scheduled time versus direct or indirect time or track operation start/stop times. Plus, use an SFC system to identify where goals can be reset to create optimal output and scheduling of jobs.
 
3. Add Visibility
 
Solving production bottlenecks or reducing scrap makes a critical difference in production costs. Also, stopping these common problems increases process efficiency.
 
Until recently, the solution was to add more workers or machines. But that only served to raise overhead costs.
 
In contrast, SFC systems support real-time visibility in production activity. They make the entire process more manageable, effective and efficient.
 
For instance, including SFC on individual terminals yields real-time reporting capabilities. The end result improves metrics and often results in exceeding goals.
 
4. Control Costs and Quality
 
Shop Floor Control software helps workers and supervisors track quality control. Using real-time data, they can receive information about defects in finished goods.
 
When an error occurs, the issue is logged into the system. Then notifications alert managers of the problem. As a result, the problem can be addressed quickly, limiting wasted parts.
 
Also, the shop floor system can monitor machine activity to ensure productivity. Again, if pre-set standards aren’t met, alerts can bring immediate attention to the problem.
 
The Time is Now for Real-Time Data
 
SFC systems can improve productivity of any work center. This is true regardless of the operation’s specific industry or capabilities.
 
All manufacturing requires common functions. The right shop floor control software can adapt to any production environment.
 
Ideally, the software solution will integrate to your manufacturing ERP. This creates a single system of record.
 
Just as the Industrial Revolution replaced handmade goods, shop floor control software replaces manual efforts with real-time data. Ask Radley’s experts how you can reap the benefits of shop floor control software.
Proper inventory control, such as using barcode inventory software, helps streamline warehouse activities.

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