Managing Product Quality
There are many issues in modern manufacturing which can affect product quality. At the commencement of work everything has to be set up correctly and that automation controllers have the correct sequences selected. Should production problems occur then the nature of that problem has to be established quickly and remedied.
Shopfloor devices can be readily changed to suit current manufacture, such as a sequence in a controller being automatically selected for a particular operation. These settings will be optimised but raw material variance and external effects, such as ambient temperature, may affect quality. The requirement is to ensure that the correct optimised control and sequences are selected and that quality is maintained regardless of the root variance.
Many operations rely, understandably, on operator skill and diligence to perform these tasks. However, it is unlikely that an operator will have visibility to all issues, such as a steady trend away from the normal or that a previous shift has made a pragmatic adjustment to a timer that will now affect the process adversely.
EmsPT provides technological solutions to make all information available and to ensure that everything at the start is correct and that quality is consistently to the specification throughout a batch. Such systems have pre-programmed sequences that are loaded automatically when selected for a particular operation; this selection can be linked to the scheduling task. In line SQC (Statistical Quality Control) can link directly to measurement devices and analytical instruments, providing display of quality trends that can be acted upon immediately by operators.
Would it help to solve your challenge to deliver consistent, in specification, products to have setups selected automatically and in-line quality control where drift can be detected quickly and corrected for?