Factory Information Architecture from the Bottom Up, NOT the top down

Historically, management information systems in the factory have been driven from the top down, with suppliers of MRP and ERP systems adding terminals and forms to capture manufacturing data from the factory floor. This approach is expensive, inefficient, and the data accuracy is generally poor. The additional work load for the operators is also unpopular.

The best approach is to derive the management information as a by-product of the automation of the equipment. Which can be done. (and FACTS does every day)

Continued information automation of the world’s rubber and plastic industries- both the multi-national corporations AND the mom-and-pop manufacturers, will allow for the following:

  • Co-ordinate and control the complete production line
  • Analyze and optimize the process
  • Track in ‘Real Time’ all production status
  • Report on good product produced, scrap, and raw material usage
  • Manage the overall production process
  • Download job schedules directly to the floor system
  • Provide the operator with quality information
  • Minimize inventory
  • Maximize productivity
  • Provide end user documentation to assure they are receiving quality products made to their unique specification

All of these things are crucial in minimizing the personnel required to produce product, and providing full plant-wide visibility for management.

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