Sometimes, despite your best efforts, someone on your team can make a mistake that undermines the integrity of your data for a Shift or Job. Now XL includes a fast and easy way to “hide” any such Shifts and/or Jobs so that your trend information and other reports only have clean data. And it's just as easy to restore the information!
Sometimes a production asset monitored by XL takes up so much floor space that having multiple real-time visual scoreboards accelerates improvement by bringing high-visibility real-time information to more operators. Now, with two simple settings, it is possible to configure one XL800 to exactly copy the visual display of another XL800, updating once per second over a standard network connection.
Most companies place too much emphasis on results and too little emphasis on the three factors that drive results: Information (the basis for effective decisions), Focus (making effective decisions), and Action (transforming decisions to results). IFA teaches employees to improve results by achieving an optimal balance of Information, Focus, and Actions.
For a quick health check on the effectiveness of your OEE improvement initiatives test them from the perspective of IFA. A ten-point checklist is supplied for each IFA factor: Information, Focus, and Action.
Down Time is the largest source of lost production time for most manufacturers. Here are some practical tips for reducing Down Time that don't require a lot of outside support.
Inspire others to do their best work and you leverage your most important resource – people. Leadership is a learned skill. Improve your effectiveness as a leader and you improve your ability to create and accelerate change.
Time is precious, so spend that time fixing the most important things — your top sources of lost manufacturing productivity. Track your Top Losses. Pick the biggest actionable loss. Fix it. Repeat.
Each manufacturing process has a constraint (bottleneck). Focusing improvement efforts on the constraint is the fastest path to improved productivity.
Quick and focused reviews of performance data during the shift enable ongoing course corrections and small-scale fixes that collectively result in significant improvements in performance. Look at the immediate past to guide actions for the immediate future.
Changeover times can typically be reduced to less than 10 minutes (i.e., single-digit minutes). Analyze each element of the changeover to see if it can be separated (moved external to the changeover), converted (modified to be external), or streamlined.
OEE measures how close you are to perfect production (manufacturing only good parts, as fast as possible, with no down time). It is a great metric for benchmarking progress in improving manufacturing productivity (i.e., eliminating waste).
Deliver small chunks of business value in short release cycles. For each cycle, choose whatever will deliver the most value and get it done. Do away with complicated master plans and be evolutionary and adaptive.
Instantly identify your most significant sources of lost production time. High-impact visuals, trend indicators and sparklines (miniature graphs) convey the entire story in a single glance. A great tool for prioritizing focus and actions. Recommended for daily or weekly production meetings.
XL now stores information for 500 parts and 100 jobs as configurable “recipes”. Integrated barcode printing makes it extremely easy to generate barcode sheets for parts or jobs.
Ever have multiple breakdowns in a row? Now each breakdown can be separately logged with its own reason.
XL features are now organized around five simple and intuitive themes making it easier than ever to use XL. The themes are: View, Analyze, Improve, Learn, and Administer.
Control where XL marks the transition between Run and Down when downtime is automatically detected. Options for the last run cycle include: No Time, Ideal Cycle Time, Typical Cycle Time (recommended), Slow Cycle Threshold, and Full Stop or Zero Rate.
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