XL 2.9 Released – Featuring Teams and Labor
June 17, 2019 – We are pleased to announce XL 2.9 – a feature-packed software update for the XL Productivity Appliance™:
- Teams and Labor includes tools for analyzing any of the 100+ XL metrics by the new team dimension as well as adding a brand-new set of metrics for labor analytics.
- Simplified Cycle Metrics simplifies and improves XL cycle metrics to help you quickly and accurately assess the impact of cycle times on productivity.
- Improved Top Losses extends the very popular Top Losses page with a KPI bar focusing on OEE and the three underlying losses of Availability, Performance, and Quality.
- Filtered Analyze Pages makes it easy to filter the eight “deep dive” pages by Shift, Part, Team, Production Phase, and Shift Hour.
- Mobile-Friendly Navigation includes a redesigned navigation bar, control bar, and menus that work seamlessly across all device screens from large to small.
XL 2.9 is shipping now and is also available as a free software upgrade for existing customers (requires the second-generation XL platform).
XL Featured at ICE (International Converting Exhibition)
April 9, 2019 – The Vorne XL Productivity Appliance™ is featured this week at the ICE USA 2019 trade show and conference in Louisville (at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Booth 1242). ICE focuses on the converting industry - converting and processing web-based materials such as paper, film, foil, and nonwovens. It’s a hands-on show with a strong focus on operational equipment.
XL 2.8 Released – Featuring the Andon Page and Stacked Chronograms
February 15, 2019 – We are pleased to announce XL 2.8 – a new feature software release for the XL Productivity Appliance™:
- The Andon Page provides a real-time, highly visual picture of the current state of manufacturing for any portion of your asset hierarchy – enterprise, division, plant, or area.
- Stacked Chronongrams are a great tool for visually exploring production across multiple assets over time. Stack and compare assets across a synchronized timeline.
- Native Excel Export makes it easy to export any tabular data directly to a Microsoft Excel file. Export from any built-in table or use dashboards to create your own exportable tables with any metrics and dimensions.
- Micro-MES™ enables you to configure jobs directly in XL and start them with a click of a mouse.
- Import and Export Parts simplifies part configuration by enabling you to export the existing parts configuration table, make additions and changes, and then import the table back into XL.
XL 2.8 is shipping now and is also available as a free software upgrade for existing customers (requires the second-generation XL platform).
Next Generation of XL Unveiled in Paris
November 26, 2018 – We are extraordinarily excited to unveil the next generation of XL at the ALL4PACK trade show in Paris – a perfect venue since XL is already a truly international product with a presence in over 40 countries. XL 2 has been in private preview since early 2018 – and now it is available to everyone.
One of the truly unique aspects of XL 2 is how it seamlessly scales from a single asset to an entire enterprise. Companies typically start with a free 90-day trial on a single asset, then roll out to the entire plant to take advantage of the integrated XL Plant features. With XL Plant, simply connect multiple XLs to your network and you get instant rolled up real-time and historical reporting for every monitored asset. XL 2 is also designed as a robust and secure IOT device for enterprise scale. For example, our cloud-based platform, XL Enterprise, automatically delivers digitally signed software updates, which can be installed at your convenience.
Want to see XL 2 in action? Contact us for a personalized webinar!
Vorne XL Earns Patent Protection in Mexico
August 20, 2018 – Our next generation XL Productivity Appliance™ has expanded its patent portfolio with a newly awarded patent in Mexico (Patent 354053). Two key characteristics of XL represented by this patent are innovation and simplicity – in this case a new and powerful way of exploring production data. We are pleased and excited that XL continues to be recognized through its worldwide portfolio of patents.
Innovation and simplicity are also key to delivering a product to you that extends the practical boundaries of manufacturing improvement. Contact us for a preview of the newest and latest features of the XL platform!
XL Featured at PACK EXPO East
April 16, 2018 – XL will be featured this week at PACK EXPO East in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Booth 1228). PACK EXPO presents the latest packaging innovations, and as a member of PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) Vorne is pleased to be at the forefront of both packaging and innovation.
OEE is one of the key topics covered by the PMMI Operational Excellence Leadership Network and Vorne is a leader in OEE, not just with our XL Productivity Appliance™, but also as publisher of www.oee.com. If you are interested in OEE or driving improvement for your packaging line, contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Vorne Delivers Keynote at Molding 2018 Conference
February 27, 2018 – We are delighted to have been invited to deliver the keynote presentation for the Molding 2018 Conference, held in Long Beach California. The topic of the presentation was Applying OEE: Using Data to Improve Efficiency in Molding Operations. OEE is a very strong area of expertise for Vorne, especially in taking OEE beyond measurement and into the realm of driving improvement.
Vorne’s flagship XL Productivity Appliance™ is used in injection molding applications in both North America and internationally. Molding 2018 is the premier technical conference on injection molding technology, where industry leaders meet to discuss the latest developments in processes, equipment, materials and management techniques, with a special emphasis on how to best add business value.
Vorne Earns Another US Patent
January 9, 2018 – We are pleased to announce that our XL Productivity Appliance™ has been awarded yet another patent (US patent number 9,864,961). Innovation is a cornerstone of our product development – especially finding ways to make XL particularly easy to use. XL has earned multiple patents in the US, Canada, and Europe…and more patents are pending!
This newest patent covers a unique and powerful way of exploring production data – coming soon to the XL platform (contact us if you are interested in seeing a preview).
Vorne Leads SMED Session at Virtual Technical Conference
October 12, 2017 – We are delighted to have supported this year’s Annual Caterpillar Virtual Technical Conference. Our contribution was in the Manufacturing Processes track with a presentation on SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Die).
During our hour-long session we discussed the SMED process (separate, convert, streamline) and provided practical guidance and tips for getting started with SMED. If you are interested in SMED, we encourage you to take a look at the executive summary on SMED that we distributed to conference attendees.
FTSE 100 Company Deploys XL in Over 250 Processes
September 7, 2017 – Our business partner in the United Kingdom, LineView Solutions is currently deploying the XL Productivity Appliance™ in an FTSE 100 food and beverage company. XL is being installed across a very wide range of manufacturing processes – from baking to boxing. In addition to deploying XL on almost every manufacturing process, this customer has extensively integrated XL with their existing ERP systems to maximize the benefits of real-time production monitoring and data collection.
This application started with a single 90-day trial, then expanded to a full factory proof-of-concept, before rolling XL out across all manufacturing plants. One of the most appealing aspects of XL for this application was that it provides a completely standardized integration and reporting solution, irrespective of the manufacturing process. No expensive customizations or application-specific programming needed!
Vorne Presents at Continuous Improvement Roundtable
June 22, 2017 – We are very pleased to have presented today at a very interesting continuous improvement roundtable hosted by The Paranet Group, with a special focus on metrics. Some of the topics covered were:
- Metrics currently being collected by participants
- How these metrics tie into their CI programs
- How to drive improvement with visual tools
Another theme was the importance of going beyond accounting systems that measure internal costs to focus on value from a customer perspective (one of the core tenets of lean manufacturing).
Vorne Presents at 15th Annual Lean Network Conference
May 22, 2017 – This week we are exhibiting and presenting at the 15th Annual Lean Network Conference in Covington, Kentucky. The Lean Network is comprised of Honda and its Tier 1 automotive suppliers, who work together to improve QCD (Quality, Cost, Delivery) by sharing best practices for manufacturing.
The theme of this year’s conference is Leaning on Support, featuring expert speakers discussing the role of leadership and employee engagement in a lean enterprise. In addition to the conference program, the several hundred delegates attend a range of smaller talks, workshops, networking events, and plant tours.
This year, Vorne will lead a 90-minute workshop on Driving Improvement with Data, based on the principles of IDA (Information, Decision, Action), which is a proven and broadly applicable improvement methodology. One of the ways Vorne helps promote ideas for improving manufacturing productivity is by publishing information on a variety of best practices for manufacturing.
XL Earns Another US Patent
March 10, 2017 – We are very pleased to announce that our XL Productivity Appliance™ has earned another US patent. Innovation is a cornerstone of our product development – especially finding ways to make XL particularly easy to install and use. XL has earned multiple patents in the US, Canada, and Europe…and more patents are pending!
With this patent, XL functions as a data and file server, and delegates all report generation to client web browsers. This enables each XL device to support dozens of simultaneous users with sophisticated user interfaces, reports, and analytics – without any need to install software.
Record Sales for 2016
January 10, 2017 – We are very pleased to announce another year of record sales!
Many thanks go out to our customers and to our partners for helping to make 2016 our best year ever. Our XL Productivity Appliance™ continues to grow…and to drive manufacturing improvement throughout the world. We also relaunched all of our learning websites last year with a new responsive design and lots of new content. Our goal is to transform the world of manufacturing and we have lots of exciting products and content under development – so stay tuned!
Vorne Adds XL Partner in Middle East
Our principle contact at Line Andon, Mr. Hossam Sabbour has 15 years of experience with Schneider Electric as well as 10 ten years of experience as an improvement consultant with Symbios Consulting. Hossam is an extremely skilled and talented manufacturing improvement expert. We were pleased to recently host Hossam at Vorne headquarters in Chicago to complete his technical training, so Line Andon can support both new and existing XL customers in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East.
We are delighted to welcome Line Andon to our growing partner network, and our congratulations on having already deployed XL in several white goods, food, and paper manufacturing plants.
Vorne Featured in Food Engineering Magazine
November 16, 2016 – November's edition of Food Engineering assessed how to benchmark plant processes to become more competitive, and featured several contributions from the team at Vorne.
According to a recent survey by Food Engineering, 40% of food and beverage respondents implement lean manufacturing systems to benchmark and improve their operation. At Vorne, we help companies to measure and improve their OEE and we've written extensively about the popular (and frequently misinterpreted) World-Class OEE benchmark of 85%. To offer a different perspective we shared the core concept from the IDA philosophy; the idea that many companies place too much emphasis on Results (looking backwards), and not enough emphasis on improving the processes that create Results; Information, Decisions, and Action.
Read the article here.
Global Fortune 500 Equips 100 Plants with XL
October 4, 2016 – After five years of proven service in one of their manufacturing plants, the XL Productivity Appliance™ recently caught the attention of corporate engineers at a leading building products manufacturer. With the primary goal being improved manufacturing data, XL was expanded to 25 production lines across multiple plants as a large-scale proof-of-concept. The next step – a full rollout across 100 manufacturing plants.
One of the most appealing aspects of XL for this application was that it could be self-deployed by internal teams. Other key features were a range of third-party tools, a clear upgrade path, and a choice of integrated scoreboard options to provide real-time visual feedback directly to the plant floor.
Vorne Adds XL Partner in India
August 16, 2016 – We are very pleased to announce our new XL partner – Cogent Automation based in Coimbatore India.
Cogent Automation was established in 2012 and design, assemble, and install machines to improve manufacturing productivity. Cogent Automation have a 10,000 square foot facility in Coimbatore state and count automotive and pharmaceutical amongst their areas of expertise. Cogent has completed many projects in partnership with automotive companies, such as manufacturing timing chains, car door assemblies, and other complex parts.
We are delighted to welcome Cogent Automation to our ever-growing partner network. We are especially thrilled that Cogent have already deployed XL in several local pharmaceutical facilities – it's great to be off to a strong start!
XL Productivity Appliance Featured on the BBC
July 1, 2016 – UTC Aerospace Systems was recently featured on a BBC news broadcast, with many XL Productivity Appliance™ devices in full view. The UTC plant is in Wolverhampton, West Midlands UK, and specializes in hydraulic and electronic flight control systems – counting both Boeing and Airbus amongst their customers. The Wolverhampton location has over twenty (20) XL Productivity Appliances that are used to help achieve performance to takt time.
Vorne Participates in Lean Network Conference
May 16, 2016 – This month we participated in the 14th Annual Lean Network Conference. The Lean Network is a terrific resource where Honda and its Tier 1 automotive suppliers share manufacturing best practices. This year's conference was held in Indianapolis and featured 400 delegates, a wide range of expert speakers, hands-on workshops, plant tours and networking sessions.
We are honored to have been one of 20 companies invited to exhibit at the conference. Not only did we demonstrate our flagship XL Productivity Appliance™, we also discussed a wide range of manufacturing best practices. One of the most popular ideas we presented to delegates was the IDA methodology (Information, Decision, Action), which serves as a framework for consistently using accurate information to improve manufacturing effectiveness.
XL Earns Another Canadian Patent
March 9, 2016 – We are very pleased to announce that our XL Productivity Appliance™ has earned another Canadian patent. Innovation is a very important part of what we do here at Vorne, so it is always very exciting when our innovation is recognized.
With our patented technology, XL focuses on its role of building a great information foundation for your manufacturing operations – with precise information that enables you to drive significant improvements in manufacturing productivity. More specifically, with this patent, XL functions as a data and file server, and delegates all report generation to client web browsers. This enables each XL device to easily support dozens of simultaneous users with sophisticated user interfaces, reports, and analytics – without any need to install software. And that makes XL even easier for you!
Record Sales for 2015
January 11, 2016 – We are thrilled to announce another record year of sales!
Many thanks go out to our customers and to our partners for helping make 2015 our best year ever. Our XL Productivity Appliance™ continues to drive improvement throughout the world in 20,000+ applications and across 45. We have a lot of very exciting things in the works for 2016 – so stay tuned!
Vorne Adds XL Partner in Belgium
October 26, 2015 – We are delighted to announce our newest XL partner – based in Belgium. Action Coaching International (ACI) are experts in manufacturing transformation with over 15 years of consulting and training experience. In their very first month as an XL partner they've already deployed a dozen XL units in a global pharmaceutical company.
Great start ACI – and we are thrilled to have you join our extended XL family!
The XL Fall 2015 Tour
September 9, 2015 – Fall is drawing near, and not only are we on pace for another record-breaking year with our XL Productivity Appliance™, it's also time to hit the road to showcase XL to the world. Here are some of our booked events:
- Independent Carton Group (September 16)
- PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 28 to 30)
- EMA Fall Meeting (October 14 – 17)
This is our first time presenting to the Independent Carton Group and we are delighted that one of our XL customers recommended us to their members.
With approximately 50,000 attendees, PACK EXPO is the largest event on our fall calendar. This year's show is in Las Vegas and it's bound to be incredible. We will be exhibiting in the South Hall in booth 7749.
The EMA fall meeting is in New Orleans and is themed around Agility – The Foundation of our Future. On Friday October 16th we are presenting on Total Productive Maintenance – using TPM to improve manufacturing agility and as a foundation for long-term improvement.
XL Earns US Patent
August 5, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that we have been granted a US patent for innovative technologies that we especially developed for our XL Productivity Appliance™. These technologies leverage standard web browsers as clients to extend the scale and scope of the information that XL delivers. XL devices focus on monitoring production with real-time precision, while client web browsers generate and export sophisticated reports in multiple formats. With this new patent, XL continues to demonstrate itself as an extremely innovative platform for improving manufacturing productivity.
Helping to Deploy TPM
June 18, 2015 – We are delighted to be presenting a three-part series on TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) for the Envelope Manufacturers Association. This series consists of two webinars and culminates in a live presentation at the 2015 EMA Fall Conference, which runs from October 14th to 17th in New Orleans.
Our TPM series explores the core elements of TPM and presents simple and practical ways that discrete manufacturers can deploy TPM in their plants. For more information on how you can use TPM to improve manufacturing productivity, or to setup a webinar series for your business or organization on TPM, OEE, SMED, or any other topics related to manufacturing productivity please email us or call us today at +1.877.767.5326.
We Are Involved – In the Packaging Industry
May 1, 2015 – The XL Productivity Appliance™ is used extensively in the packaging industry; so working with the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) is a natural fit. We are delighted to have been welcomed as members of PMMI and look forward to contributing to their mission of applying technology to help member companies succeed in the global marketplace.
The PMMI represents over 700 companies involved in the manufacture of packaging, processing, and packaging-related equipment in North America. The PMMI also hosts Pack Expo, which features the latest and greatest state-of-the-art equipment, automation and materials for the packaging industry. We will be exhibiting in the 2015 Pack Expo in Las Vegas, which runs from September 28th to 30th.
XL Selected as OEE Standard for 300+ Production Lines
March 26, 2015 – We are delighted to announce that a leading manufacturer of automotive systems has chosen Vorne XL as their standard for automated OEE data capture and reporting – equipping over 300 production lines in the US and Mexico. Three key XL features that were important for this application are:
- Mix and match different types of scoreboards (in this case the XL800 and the XL400) while maintaining one standard for OEE data capture.
- Easily retrofit XL to a broad range of legacy manufacturing systems – without touching the existing controls.
- Combine instant availability of KPIs on the plant floor (through the XL scoreboard) with a rolled up view of North American operations (through a suite of enterprise tools from Vetii|GROUP).
From Icy Chicago to ICE in Florida
February 13, 2015 – We escaped the frozen tundra of Chicago this week to speak in the educational track of the International Converting Exhibition (ICE) in Orlando, Florida. We participated in the Coating Efficiency group to discuss how to efficiently capture Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in the converting industry, and how to use OEE data to drive factory floor targets, shift improvement objectives, and productivity improvement projects. Whether you work in paper, corrugated, nonwovens, film, or any other aspect of the converting industry, OEE can easily be applied to identify lost productive time and opportunities. If you would like to learn more – drop us a line and we will be happy to send you a copy of our presentation.
A Record Sales Quarter
January 7, 2015 – We are thrilled to announce that we set an all-time sales record in our just-completed quarter. One of the hallmarks of 2014 has been the strengthening of XL as an enterprise solution through our ongoing partnership with Vetii|GROUP. Vetii|GROUP is a close network of companies that has a great deal of experience with XL and that offers a suite of products that extend the capabilities of the XL Productivity Appliance™.
We have lots more exciting things in store for 2015 as we continue to invest resources and further develop XL as the most innovative and effective platform for improving manufacturing productivity. Thank you for your support and stay tuned!
XL Earns Another European Patent
October 10, 2014 – We are very pleased to announce that the XL Productivity Appliance™ has earned another European patent. Innovation is very important to what we do here at Vorne, so it is always exciting and gratifying when our innovation is recognized.
With our patented technology, XL is able to focus on its role as a data collection device – building a great information foundation for your business. More specifically, XL functions as a data and file server, and delegates all report generation to client web browsers. This enables each XL device to easily support dozens of simultaneous users with sophisticated user interfaces and analytics – without any need for installing software. And that makes XL easier for you!
The XL Fall 2014 Tour
August 22, 2014 – Summer is drawing to a close and it's time for the latest and greatest version of the XL Productivity Appliance™ to hit the road and see the world. XL will be featured at these upcoming trade shows and exhibitions:
- International Manufacturing Technology Show (September 8 to 13)
- EMA Fall Meeting (October 15 to 17)
- PACK EXPO International (November 2 to 5)
At EMA we will also be presenting a seminar on Increasing Productivity with OEE, with a special emphasis on how to leverage and transform OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) information into effective actions that drive improved results on the factory floor.
Ten Ways to Improve Manufacturing With XL
July 11, 2014 – We are frequently asked how to integrate the XL Productivity Appliance™ with different types of manufacturing improvement initiatives and applications. Today we published a new series of articles that outline both theory and practice for six popular manufacturing improvement initiatives and four popular manufacturing applications that are enhanced by XL. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
XL Featured at Lean Network Conference
May 26, 2014 – We are honored and excited to have been a part of this year's annual Lean Network Conference. The Lean Network Conference provides an excellent opportunity for companies to share best practices for achieving truly world-class manufacturing. This year's conference was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana and featured a wide variety of plant tours, workshops and conference sessions. We are especially excited that two of the plant tours featured our very own XL Productivity Appliance™.
The Lean Network joins together a group of companies that have a strong and shared interest in advancing lean principles and best practices for improving manufacturing productivity. One of the ways Vorne helps promote ideas for improving manufacturing productivity is by publishing information on a variety of best practices for manufacturing.
Remote Display Feature Released for XL
April 30, 2014 – We are pleased to announce Version 1.3 of the XL Productivity Appliance™. Version 1.3 introduces the ability for one or more XL800 units to act as remote visual displays for another XL800. 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.
Remote Displays is shipping now as a standard feature for XL and is also available as a free firmware upgrade.
Vorne Presents OEE at FTA (Flexographic) Annual Conference
March 24, 2014 – We are delighted to be speaking at the Flexographic Technical Association Annual Conference held in Baltimore at the end of April. The theme of this conference is “Breaking New Ground”, and we are presenting on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as part of the Managing Press Room Efficiency session on Sunday April 27th. One of the highlights of our presentation is how to leverage IDA (Information, Decision, and Action) to improve OEE, along with a series of audits to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in your OEE implementation. See you there!
Food Production Daily Features XL Improvement Techniques
February 3, 2014 – Our goal is to help EVERY manufacturing company improve their productivity – even companies that currently don't have any budget (but do have a desire to improve). That's why we regularly publish free high-quality topics on a broad range of best practices for improving manufacturing productivity – our XL Improvement Techniques. Recently, some of these topics were highlighted by Food Production Daily. We also offer free PDF and professionally printed versions for easy distribution. Call us at +1.877.767.5326 if you would like more information – or if you have a topic you would like to see covered!
Another Year of Record Sales
January 10, 2014 – We are thrilled to announce another year of record sales! Many thanks to both our customers and to our partners for helping to make 2013 our best year ever.
Now it's time to focus on 2014! We have ambitious plans for 2014, including a lot of great new features already in development for our flagship product, the XL Productivity Appliance™. We are also continuing to publish new (and free) high-quality content to help all manufacturers who are interested in improving manufacturing productivity.
IFA (Information, Focus, Action) Released for XL
December 20, 2013 – We are pleased to announce Version 1.2 of the XL Productivity Appliance™. Version 1.2 introduces IFA (Information, Focus, Action) as a new XL Improvement Technique. IFA resonates very strongly with companies seeking new ways to drive improved results. Also included are checklists for applying IFA to OEE improvement initiatives (one of the most important applications for XL). IFA teaches employees to improve results by achieving an optimal balance of Information, Focus, and Actions.
IFA is shipping now as a standard feature for XL and is also available as a free firmware upgrade.
Vorne Leads Sustainable Improvement Workshops at INTERPHEX
October 21, 2013 – Vorne recently moderated two workshops on Creating Sustainable Performance Improvement at the INTERPHEX trade show in Puerto Rico. INTERPHEX is a key trade show for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, and is very well-attended by leading manufacturers. The workshops had a strong focus on leadership skills and attendees expressed particularly strong interest on effective techniques for managing resistance to change when implementing improvement projects. Contact us if this is a topic you would like to discuss – we'll be happy to pass along some of the key takeaways.
Improvement Techniques Released for XL
September 30, 2013 – We are very pleased to announce Version 1.1 of the XL Productivity Appliance™. Version 1.1 introduces Improvement Techniques, a library of practical “best practice” topics for improving manufacturing productivity. Eight topics are included: Down Time Tips, Leadership, Top Losses, Improve the Constraint, Short Interval Control, Single-Minute Exchange of Die, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, and Agile.
Improvement Techniques is shipping now as a standard feature for XL and is also available as a free firmware upgrade.
Fortune 500 Food Manufacturer Rolls Out XL Across Enterprise
August 6, 2013 – A Fortune 500 food manufacturer recently initiated a rollout of the XL Productivity Appliance™ across 15 manufacturing plants. One of the really interesting aspects of this project was the highly structured and disciplined approach to improvement.
- First, during the planning phase, XL was tested for an extended period across several plants to gain experience and insights.
- Next, in consultation with Vorne, a standardized approach to capturing information was developed and disseminated through a carefully constructed template configuration.
- Finally, extensive training was provided to key personnel on how to effectively use the new information at operational, tactical and strategic levels to aggressively and effectively drive improvement.
Top Losses Released for XL
June 28, 2013 – We are very excited to tell you about a whole host of new features we have released for the XL Productivity Appliance™:
- Top Losses instantly identifies your most significant sources of lost production time (helping you prioritize focus and actions) with high-impact visuals and integrated trend information for each loss.
- Streamlined Navigation delivers a new and more intuitive organization of XL features based on the themes of View, Analyze, Improve, Learn, and Administer.
- Enhanced Parts and Jobs includes configurable Part Recipes (up to 500) and Job Recipes (up to 100) with integrated barcode printing and optional Program triggers.
- Split Events is a new option for the Set Production State Command that enables sequential Events of the same type (e.g., Setup or Down) to be logged, typically with different associated Reasons.
- Down Time Options provides new options for how XL processes the time between Run input and automatic Down detection. Five options (No Time, Ideal Cycle Time, Typical Cycle Time, Slow Cycle Threshold, Full Stop or Zero Rate) enable you to better tune XL to your application.
These are now shipping as standard features for XL and are also available as a free firmware upgrade for all XL customers.
Join Us for an OEE Master Class
March 20, 2013 – We are pleased to be presenting an OEE Master Class at INTERPHEX on April 24th in New York City. Our topic is one that can benefit just about anyone in manufacturing: “How to Improve OEE by 20%”. There are two main themes to our presentation:
- How to create a process that totally engages your team in driving improvement
- Finding the keys to achieving sustainable improvement
We hope to see you there!
Vorne Posts Record Sales
January 2, 2013 – What better way to start the year! A big thank you to all of our customers, and to our partners, who helped make 2012 a record sales year for Vorne. We have lots more great things on the way, including some killer new XL Productivity Appliance™ features in development. In fact, we are very close to our next beta release, which will be available as a free software upgrade for all XL customers. We also have lots of new free learning content in development, such as this recent article on how to Improve Production Today and this article on Implementing OEE. Thanks for your support and we look forward to a terrific 2013!
Advanced Analytics Released for XL
December 3, 2012 – We are very excited to let you know about an entirely new way to explore production data with the XL Productivity Appliance™. We call it Advanced Analytics. What is it? An interactive method of viewing performance information for shifts or parts over any time period. It's loaded with cool features, such as a KPI Bar with sparklines for each metric, trended historical graphs and tips for driving improvement. You can easily overlay or compare information for different shifts and you can explore production from all sorts of different perspectives (OEE, Down Time, Changeover, Cycle Time, Quality, Production Time, and Performance to Takt). Best of all, not only is Advanced Analytics already shipping as a standard XL feature; it is also available as a free software upgrade for all XL customers.
Vorne Awarded Canadian Patent for XL Technology
October 2, 2012 – We are pleased to announce that Vorne has been granted a Canadian patent for technologies we developed for the XL Productivity Appliance™. These technologies leverage standard web browsers to scale XL processing power by orders of magnitude. XL focuses on monitoring production in real-time, while web browsers generate all reports and export files in real-time. The result – a highly scalable plant floor production monitoring and performance management system that supports up to 100 simultaneous users.
Driving OEE from 30% to 74%
September 14, 2012 – We love a great story – especially when it captures a unique and unconventional approach to improving OEE. One of our repeat XL customers is an Operations Manager who has used XL in his last three roles – all in the food manufacturing industry. In his most recent role, he took a very simple and ultimately highly effective approach to improving productivity. Each month, he picked one focus metric from the XL800 and trained his team on that metric. He showed everyone how that metric affected the line and then worked with his team to steadily improve that number. Over a period of months, using this approach he dramatically improved OEE – from 30% to 74%. Effective leadership, an engaged team, and a simple approach to improvement – we give it our Silver Bullet award!
OEE for Medical Device Manufacturing
July 24, 2012 – We are delighted to announce that Vorne will be speaking at Interphex Puerto Rico in October. Adrian Pask from Vorne will be a member of the Medical Device Manufacturing panel and will be discussing ways of implementing and using Overall Equipment Effectiveness in the production of medical devices. We hope you can join us!
We Are Presenting on Beer!
June 12, 2012 – Join us for a beer in Portland! Vorne will be speaking at the World Brewing Congress in Portland, Oregon, which runs from the 27th of July to the 1st of August. On Monday morning, Adrian Pask from Vorne and Glynn Grisham from LineView USA will explore how to improve bottling performance using monitoring systems with examples from a recent 18 month improvement project in a craft brewery in Pennsylvania. If you want to make more bottles of beer – come join us for a lively chat on Monday, August 1st at 8:00 AM in room C121.
Take a look at the full conference agenda, and come to say hello to us at booth 955 – right by the buffet area!
Meet Us at a Conference
April 23, 2012 – We are delighted to be attending the following conferences over the next few months and we look forward to meeting many of you. One of our personal favorites is the World Brewing Congress, which is held only once every four years and where we will be presenting on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (after all – who doesn't love a good beer).
- Pharmapack (May 22–23, Philadelphia; pharmaceutical packaging and related technologies)
- World Brewing Congress (July 28-August 1, Portland; brewing, raw materials, instrumentation, and packaging)
- Interphex (October 4–5, Puerto Rico; pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging)
- Pack Expo (October 28–31, Chicago; broad coverage of packaging technologies…and it's in our home town)
OEE Improvements Result in XL as Corporate Standard
March 12, 2012 – OEE continues to be a key metric for driving productivity improvement in manufacturing companies. Recently, a global food manufacturer contacted us with interest in incorporating the XL Productivity Appliance™ into their OEE initiative. Like most Vorne customers, they opted for a free 90-day trial – and they achieved an 8% improvement in OEE within their first month. Next, they attended our XL Expert training and put together a specific plan for optimizing XL for their processes. Within a few short months they achieved a 20% improvement in OEE, made XL a corporate standard, and started their next phase rollout of XL across five (5) manufacturing plants!
Vorne Participates in Lean Network Conference
December 7, 2011 – The ninth annual Lean Network Conference was held this week in Indianapolis, with the keynote address delivered by Governor Mitch Daniels and additional presentations across a wide range of lean topics (including a presentation by John Shook, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute).
The Lean Network was founded by Honda and joins together a network of Honda suppliers that have a shared interest in developing, implementing, and measuring the lean enterprise. Vorne is honored to be one of a select group of additional companies invited to exhibit and participate in the conference.
Security Printing Company Equips Multiple Plants with XL
November 8, 2011 – A global printing company specializing in security document production and printing recently worked with one of our international partner companies to install the XL Productivity Appliance™ in two plants for an extended test and trial. That is how most XL applications begin – with a 90-day trial. After a successful trial, the decision was made to standardize on XL across seven plants, with an initial rollout across 50 production assets. And that is just the beginning!
The moral of this story – even companies that print money want to save money…with XL!
Visual Time Schedules Released for XL
October 19, 2011 – An all-new Visual Time Schedule feature has been released for XL, making it fast and easy to define when production should be running, and to trigger other time-based events (shift resets, cleanup messages, etc.). Key features include:
- Four Views (Month, Week, Day, and Printable List)
- Four Event Types (Shift, Break, Single, and Span)
- Recurrence (including Day Pattern, Recurrence Range, Cancellations and Exceptions)
XL Training Schedule – Fourth Quarter
September 15, 2011 – Training courses are a terrific way to accelerate your results with XL. Vorne offers three different training courses for XL:
- XL Accelerated Quick Start (one day session: October 20th and November 8th)
- XL Expert Seminar (two day session: October 12th-13th and November 16th-17th)
- Driving Improvement with XL (two day session: December 6th-7th)
Vorne Awarded European Patent for XL Technology
August 3, 2011 – Vorne is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a European patent for unique technologies developed for the XL Productivity Appliance™. XL incorporates many innovations that make it remarkably easy to use. For example, one of the distinctive characteristics of XL is the extensive production information it provides through its browser interface – without installing any software on your network.
XL works a bit of engineering magic. It functions as a simple data collection device – with all reports and export files generated exclusively within the browser. In fact, Vorne has multiple patents pending on the technologies used to achieve this. The end result – a highly scalable solution that easily supports dozens of real-time clients – enabling XL to deliver exceptional value and remarkable results!
Vorne Announces XL Training Schedule for Third Quarter
July 1, 2011 – Vorne has released its third quarter XL training schedule, with three different training courses, each optimized for a specific goal:
- XL Accelerated Quick Start (for new users of XL that are interested in accelerating their progress through hands-on training from XL experts; one day sessions on July 21st, August 2nd, August 11th, August 25th, and September 15th)
- XL Expert Seminar (for XL users that want to harness the full power of the XL system through advanced training and coaching from Vorne; two day sessions on July 25th-26th and August 17th-18th)
- Driving Improvement with XL (for team leaders and other managers that want to drive operational improvements across their teams by applying best practices for sustainable improvement; two day session on September 14th-15th)
Fast Results with XL Leads to Plant-Wide Expansion
June 7, 2011 – Joy Mining Machinery's Conveyor Product Operations recently selected the XL Productivity Appliance™ for a pilot OEE project in their Winfield Alabama plant. XL was selected as it met their OEE data collection needs AND provided a visual factory tool to convey real-time production data on the plant floor – a combination that helps yield fast results.
According to Jeff Farrar, an Industrial Engineer with Joy, “In our first two weeks, we saw a significant productivity improvement on the test line. Our initial success is really what drove the expansion with Vorne”. As a result Joy is rolling out XL to eleven manufacturing lines in their Winfield plant.
Vorne Publishes Article on Short Interval Control
April 20, 2011 – The core principle behind Short Interval Control (SIC) is simple: we cannot change the past; however, we can learn from it to improve the future. SIC is implemented as a series of quick reviews of performance data during the shift, each of which leads to immediate small-scale fixes that improve performance. Years of experience with SIC have shown that it can lead to significant improvements in OEE (10% to 20% improvement within two years). Want to learn more? Feel free to give us a call at +1.877.767.5326.
Enhanced Total Production Timeline Released for XL
March 22, 2011 – The Total Production Timeline™ is a very popular XL product feature as it provides an instant visual snapshot of production for a given asset. Vorne is pleased to announce the second generation TPT™ with two key new features:
- Visual indication of shifts and jobs with tooltip-based KPI summary information
- Flexible range selection and navigation that supports navigating by job, shift, or time boundaries
Vorne Publishes Article on Theory of Constraints
February 25, 2011 – The Theory of Constraints has broad application for manufacturing, so Vorne has published an all-new article that explains the fundamentals of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), and how TOC can be successfully integrated with lean manufacturing. One of the strong benefits of TOC is that it inherently prioritizes improvement activities. In environments where there is an urgent need to improve, TOC offers a highly focused methodology for rapid improvement.
OEE Analytics Suite Released for XL
January 17, 2011 – A new suite of OEE analytics has been released for the XL Productivity Appliance™. OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a “best practices” metric, frequently used in industry to monitor manufacturing performance. The XL OEE analytics suite features easy and intuitive data range selection (by shift, job, or time-based intervals) and extensive historical charting capabilities including Waterfall, OEE Trend, OEE Component, and OEE Loss charts.
Global Packaging Company Launches XL Across 12 Plants
December 6, 2010 – A global consumer packaging company specializing in plastic containers has rolled out XL across 12 manufacturing plants as part of their corporate initiative to improve OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) tracking. After successfully trialing XL products in several plants the company moved forward with making XL the center of their global OEE initiative. XL products automate OEE tracking, providing precise, real-time data that in this case replaced a manual system where OEE scores were calculated on paper and later posted to a database.
Vorne Launches New Lean Production Site
November 8, 2010 – Vorne is pleased to announce a new educational website for lean manufacturing: www.leanproduction.com. Designed as a free online resource for lean-based information and tools, a primary focus of this site is collecting together best practices for manufacturing and making them accessible and understandable. Feel free to contact us if there is a topic you would like to see covered.
XL-Equipped Production Line Breaks Multiple Records
October 5, 2010 – A global coating and finishes manufacturer recently installed XL on one of their production lines for a 90-day trial. An interesting aspect of their approach was a very strong emphasis on plant-floor involvement. For example, regular progress reports were prepared and reviewed with plant-floor employees, incorporating actionable information from XL. The result – not only did the XL-equipped production line set a new production record…it did so multiple times.
Vorne Delivers Productivity Seminar to ASQ
September 14, 2010 – As part of an ongoing outreach program that provides educational services to the manufacturing community, Vorne delivered a September 13th keynote address to the American Society for Quality (Section 1101) on “Improving Manufacturing Productivity”. Vorne also participated in a lively roundtable discussion on the challenges and uses of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) on the plant floor. Roundtable discussions are a great way to exchange ideas and best practices – and this one was no exception!
New Web Interface Released for XL
June 7, 2010 – XL products offer a great deal of functionality through their web page interface, and as part of Vorne's continuous improvement initiative for the XL platform, a new streamlined interface is now available. Best of all – it's a free upgrade for existing customers. For more information call +1.877.767.5326 or email us.
Vorne Participates in Honda Lean Network Conference
May 17, 2010 – Each year, Honda of America organizes a conference for key suppliers with a strong focus on lean manufacturing and operational excellence. Vorne was one of a select group of additional companies invited to participate in this year's conference, which ran from May 11th to 13th in Columbus Ohio. With numerous workshops, seminars, and exhibits, the Lean Network Conference provides an outstanding environment for sharing best practices and insights for successful lean manufacturing.
OPC Server Released for XL
April 28, 2010 – Vorne is pleased to announce that Sulzer Consulting, an XL Software Partner, has developed a full-featured OPC Server for Vorne XL products. This new product dramatically simplifies moving data between XL devices and a broad range of OPC enabled clients such as PLCs, MES systems, and ERP applications. OPC is widely recognized as the leading standard for interoperability of automation devices.
The XL OPC Server natively communicates with Vorne XL devices, and includes a built-in tag explorer and simulation mode. It also includes predefined XL registers and supports reading and writing of values from multiple XL devices. More information and a free demonstration version are available directly from Sulzer Consulting.
XL Delivers 40% Improvement in OEE
March 19, 2010 – A global packaging company recently reported that they achieved a 40% improvement in OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) on one of their packaging lines after installing the XL Productivity Appliance™. A presentation created by their staff for upper management was reported to be a true eye opener. OEE jumped from 45% to 63%, setup times were cut in half, and three full-time data entry employees were freed up for other tasks. One manager stated that in 25 years they had never seen a product provide this type of information.
Leading Print Advertising Company Equips 100+ Assets with XL
February 4, 2010 – A U.S. based company specializing in complex print advertising and direct marketing programs recently contacted Vorne with a strong interest in manufacturing performance management – particularly down time tracking. After an expedited evaluation, this company made a decision to standardize on the XL Productivity Appliance™ across multiple plants with coverage of over one hundred production assets. The availability of a full suite of down time analytics through the XL web interface, along with integrated plant floor visuals were key success factors for the application.
Fortune 500 Food Services Corporation Rolls Out XL
January 15, 2010 – A state-of-the-art global food services corporation recently contacted Vorne for assistance with a rate and down time tracking application. They were particularly interested in the XL800 Productivity Appliance™, which they saw as a technically advanced solution for production monitoring applications.
Within days of starting a 90-day XL trial, they brought together a group of plant managers for an online demonstration of the XL800. With the originating prospect taking on the role of solution champion, the trial was quickly expanded to multiple assets, and within several months the application was further expanded to cover nearly 50 production assets across multiple plants. The key success factor was ease-of-implementation; providing a solution that could be easily retrofitted across a wide range of manufacturing assets.
Vorne Demonstrates XL to International Audience at FABTECH
November 19, 2009 – Vorne participated in FABTECH International 2009, which ran from November 15 through November 18th 2009 in Chicago. FABTECH has a particularly strong focus on metal forming, fabricating, and stamping – and it offers over 100 technical and professional sessions to attendees.
With a strong emphasis on the practical application of lean manufacturing principles, Vorne demonstrated the XL Productivity Appliance™ to an international audience, with many attendees traveling in from Europe and Asia. Some of the strongest interest came from companies that wanted to experiment with performance management techniques in their facilities without a major commitment of time or money – a perfect fit for XL products.
Vorne Presents OEE at Purdue University Outreach Program
October 24, 2009 – Vorne has been invited to present an educational seminar on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to the Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) on November 11, 2009. The Purdue University MEP program has a strong practice area in lean manufacturing.
One of Purdue University's MEP member companies recently implemented a complete production tracking and visual factory solution with Vorne XL products and achieved an 8.8% improvement in manufacturing performance. To learn more about OEE, visit our educational site at www.oee.com.
From XL Trial to Plant-Wide Install in 60 Days
September 28, 2009 – One of the world's largest manufacturers of advanced technology automotive systems recently contacted Vorne for assistance in implementing a visual performance management solution for one of their North American plants. Within days of receiving their XL Trial unit, they were collecting actionable information and found that certain categories of non-operation time represented their largest productivity loss – something they had not been able to previously measure or quantify.
Interestingly, they benchmarked two other plants before starting their trial, and found that the XL800 Productivity Appliance™ was the lowest cost solution and the ONLY solution that enabled them to achieve effective data collection. The result – well before their XL Trial ended they expanded their application to cover an additional 18 production assets.
Ready to try XL? Sign up here for a free 90-day trial.
Automotive Supplier Improves OEE by Over 20% with XL
August 20, 2009 – Achieving sustained improvements in productivity is a critical goal for all manufacturers. After installing the XL Productivity Appliance™ on one of their lines as part of a continuous improvement program, Aisin Electronics saw an immediate 12% bump in productivity. Even more importantly, two years after rolling out XL across seven of their manufacturing lines, Aisin has achieved sustained increases in OEE (over 20%) and sustained reductions in Down Time (15% to 20%).
Barcode Kit Released for XL
July 22, 2009 – One of the unique features of XL products is their ability to automatically generate print-ready barcodes for reason codes, changeovers, SKU identifiers, flexible time schedules, and other information. Operators frequently prefer to use barcodes as an interface to XL devices because they are simple and fast to scan. Now, to make it even easier to get started, Vorne has released the XL Barcode Kit, which includes everything needed to use barcodes with XL devices. Contact us at +1.877.767.5326 for more information.
XL Delivers Production Record with Applause from Plant Floor
June 25, 2009 – A member of a lean improvement team at Konica Minolta, a global imaging products manufacturer, contacted Vorne with three specific goals: bring visuals to the plant floor, enable management to view production data through a web browser, and automatically generate production reports. XL provides all of these capabilities (and more) out-of-the-box, so the XL600 was selected for a 90-day trial. Konica educated their plant floor team on Takt Time, and after three days the team was producing at 115% of plan, set a new production record, and broke into spontaneous applause on the plant floor!
Would you like to try XL in your plant? Sign up here for a free 90-day trial.
Total Production Timeline™ Released for XL
June 4, 2009 – The all-new Total Production Timeline™ provides XL customers with a visual snapshot of manufacturing performance – it's a great tool for understanding how productive time is lost in your manufacturing operations. The Chronological View provides a visual trace of how the state of the production asset changes over time, making it much easier to detect patterns of problems. The Grouped View provides aggregate information – presenting a top-level summary of production time. The integrated zoom feature makes it easy to zoom in on problem areas, and information is always available in both graphical and tabular forms.
Vorne Participates in Honda Lean Network Conference
May 15, 2009 – The eighth annual Honda Lean Network Conference was held this week in Covington Kentucky, with the keynote address delivered by noted author and recognized lean expert James P. Womack. The Honda Lean Network Conference provides an excellent opportunity for companies to share best practices for achieving truly world-class manufacturing, and Vorne was one of a select group of companies invited to exhibit and present lean-based products such as our XL Productivity Appliance™.
Did you know that Vorne is an industry leader in the development of educational materials for lean manufacturing? Vorne maintains an educational site focused on OEE, as well as the lean-focused Vorne Learning Center.
Down Time Analytics Released for XL
April 28, 2009 – Vorne is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a comprehensive and fully integrated Down Time Analytics suite for XL products. Key features include:
- Configurable Reason Codes (both system and user codes are supported)
- Barcode Generation (the XL device automatically generates printable barcodes)
- Pareto Charts (instantly see all major sources of down time over different time periods)
- Trend Charts (analyze down time variations and trends)
All Production View Released for XL
April 2, 2009 – How much money could you save by seeing down time in real time – instantly when it happens? By knowing the exact status of your production lines at all times? The new All Production View makes it easy, by collecting key metrics and KPIs into single page summary views for all production lines or cells monitored by XL products. With twelve different viewing options, it's a snap to zero in on the information you need.
Takt Time Lean Brief Added to Vorne Learning Center
March 19, 2009 – Takt Time is an important concept for lean manufacturing, and Vorne frequently fields questions from companies trying to better understand Takt Time and how to best utilize it in their manufacturing operations. Our new Takt Time Lean Brief provides an in-depth explanation of Takt Time, the benefits it provides, and also covers related topics such as how to effectively use Takt Time on the plant floor, and how Takt Time relates to standardized work and flexible manning. Let us know what you think! Email your questions and comments to [email protected].
Embedded Parts Database Feature Released for XL
March 2, 2009 – Vorne is pleased to announce a parts database feature for XL products that makes it super simple to associate production standards (e.g. Takt Time and Ideal Cycle Time) with each part that is run on a line or cell. Production standards can be entered directly into XL or imported from an external system. With the parts database, selecting a part to run is as simple as three mouse-clicks!
XL800 Now Available with CE Mark
February 11, 2009 – Vorne is pleased to announce that the XL800-32080T is now available with CE marking. The XL800 Productivity Appliance™ is a highly versatile and cost-effective production monitoring and performance management solution, and is a very popular product for lean-focused companies. As lean manufacturing has continued to gain popularity across Europe, Vorne has fielded many requests to offer XL to this market. In response, the XL800 is now readily available to European manufacturers.
For more information, contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326.
Mobile Interface Released for XL
January 21, 2009 – As part of Vorne's Data Anywhere, Data Everywhere™ initiative, the iPhone™ mobile platform is now directly supported by Vorne XL products. A broad range of live production data can be viewed in real-time on iPhone and iPod® touch devices, including OEE, down time, production rates, counts, cycle times, performance to takt, and much more. With the iPod touch available for as little as $199, it makes a great pocket interface to production (via Wi-Fi® network).
Vorne Forms UK Partnership with OptimumFX
January 5, 2009 – Vorne is pleased to announce a broad ranging partnership with UK lean manufacturing experts OptimumFX. OptimumFX has extensive experience in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) market, and a strong background in lean manufacturing.
One of the interesting approaches that OptimumFX has developed is their OEE Journey™, which takes companies from manually calculating OEE to enterprise-wide performance management through a series of well-defined steps. With an impressive roster of client success stories and a passion for helping manufacturers improve productivity, we highly recommend OptimumFX as a partner for your next lean initiative.
Contact OptimumFX for more information on how their OEE Journey can accelerate your lean initiatives.
DHCP Support Released for XL
November 24, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of DHCP support for all XL products, enabling IP addresses to be assigned to XL devices from a centralized server. For XL devices installed on networks without a DHCP server, IP addresses can be assigned with a simple utility included on the XL Tools CD. DHCP support is available as a FREE upgrade for all XL customers. Contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 or email us for more information.
Automatic Time Updates Now Available for XL
November 5, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of an all-new automatic time update feature for XL products. One of the most popular features of XL visual displays is showing a count down timer of remaining break time for plant floor employees. This feature has now been enhanced with time synchronization capabilities that enable XL devices to keep highly accurate and coordinated time. XL devices can synchronize with internal or external time servers and feature automatic failover to one or more alternate time servers if the primary time server is not available.
XL Leads the Way to 22% OEE Improvement
October 14, 2008 – Cosmetic Essence, a global provider of outsourced solutions for the personal care and household product industries, has achieved a 22% improvement in OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), with XL products playing an integral role. According to Cosmetic Essence, XL enables them to monitor all of their production lines in real time, and more importantly, it enables them to address problems in real time. Plant Manager Mike Hildick states: “With XL, our entire team sees downtime, and eliminates downtime. We count on Vorne XL to show us what area's we need to address, and we take immediate action from there.”
Vorne Leads Lean Workshop at National Manufacturing Week
September 22, 2008 – Vorne was selected by Canon Communications to lead a three-hour OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) workshop during National Manufacturing Week 2008 in Chicago. The workshop, conducted jointly with Argo, Inc., presented seven proven and practical tools for improving OEE. One of the workshop highlights was using real-world OEE data to understand and analyze common plant-floor scenarios.
If you are interested in learning more about field-proven techniques for improving OEE, contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 for a free consultation with one of our lean specialists.
Global Food Service Provider Achieves 30% Savings with XL
August 18, 2008 – Gate Gourmet, the worlds largest independent catering and logistics provider for the airline industry, recently completed a pilot project where the XL600 was used to apply lean manufacturing techniques to a key value stream. The result: 30% labor savings and a one month payback. The Gate Gourmet project focused on training employees to work to takt time, and the XL600 was configured to provide real-time visual feedback for TAE (Target, Actual, and Efficiency).
Try XL in your plant. Contact Vorne for a free 90-day trial.
Enhanced Text Box Visual Control Released for XL
July 23, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of an enhanced Text Box visual control for the XL800. The enhanced Text Box enables multiple data registers to be embedded into as many as 16 individually defined visual display regions, with real-time updates and automatic pagination. Free-form text can be easily combined with register data to significantly enhance the delivery of KPIs and visual communications to your plant floor.
Argo Presents 3-Day Hands-On OEE Workshop
July 7, 2008 – A frequent question from Vorne customers is how to leverage OEE to rapidly enhance plant productivity and improve their bottom line. One of the companies Vorne regularly works with, Argo, Inc., has put together two 3-day workshops that combine Kaizen techniques with OEE to deliver rapid and sustainable improvements. These are intensive, hands-on workshops, where you will have an opportunity to learn and experience best practices amongst your peers. A broad range of topics will be covered including OEE best practices, OEE signature curve analysis, autonomous maintenance, data visualization, developing effective Kaizen teams, and more.
For further information contact Argo at +1.312.988.9220 or download the Argo OEE Workshop flyer.
Plant Engineering Features XL Customer in OEE Case Study
June 16, 2008 – The June issue of Plant Engineering magazine features Hermes Abrasives, a Vorne XL customer, in an OEE case study. The article highlights common pitfalls of collecting performance data, the importance of choosing the “right” KPIs to drive continuous improvement, and how to motivate the plant floor by coupling real-time goals with real-time feedback. XL products were used to automate data collection and deliver real-time performance feedback that helped Hermes achieve OEE improvements ranging from 10% to 20% within the first year. According to process engineer Cindy Woodward: “We have made a few minor changes within the department, but I think the displays have been the single most influential addition”.
Change the way you see your plant floor. Call +1.877.767.5326 for a free 90-day XL trial.
Vorne Delivers OEE Workshop to Packed Session
May 26, 2008 – Recognized as an industry leader on the topic of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), Vorne delivered a specialized OEE workshop to a packed session at Noria's Lean Manufacturing 2008 Conference in Nashville. Vorne's workshop focused on the “how” and “why” behind OEE, and also provided practical tips on maintaining an effective OEE program.
Vorne Leads KPI Workshops at Honda Lean Network Conference
May 15, 2008 – More than 300 attendees gathered in Louisville, KY for the seventh annual Honda Lean Network Conference to share best practices for achieving world-class manufacturing. Recognized as industry experts in visualizing manufacturing performance data, Vorne was selected to lead several workshops on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The workshops focused on a “best practices” approach to delivering the right information to the right people at the right time.
Vorne regularly leads presentations and workshops on lean topics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and KPIs. Vorne also offers free resources, such as the Fast Guide to OEE and the lean manufacturing Learning Center.
XL Movie Showcases the XL Productivity Appliance™
April 30, 2008 – In today's manufacturing environment, achieving optimal efficiency is not just important; it's a crucial part of remaining competitive. If you are a manufacturer looking for a competitive edge – a proven way to increase plant floor productivity, then you need to watch this new, informative XL movie from Vorne.
Want to learn more about XL? Talk to a Vorne lean-trained professional at +1.877.767.5326.
Quick Start Guide Released for XL
April 9, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of the XL Quick Start Guide. XL is easy, and the Quick Start Guide makes it even easier. The XL Quick Start Guide facilitates fast deployment, enabling users to go from shipping carton to plant floor performance management in about an hour. How? It leverages the fact that XL is preconfigured with a rich set of production monitoring and performance management tools that provide immediate, out-of-the-box functionality.
New Configuration Tools Released for XL
March 19, 2008 – The all-new XL Tools CD from Vorne brings a whole new level of simplicity to configuring XL devices. Innovative “quick-start” templates provide out-of-the-box, ready-to-go performance management functionality and make XL easier and faster than ever to get running in just about any manufacturing environment. Plus, a new point-and-click, browser-based configuration interface makes it easy for end-users to customize XL operation for their specific applications.
Role-Based Security Released for XL
February 26, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of an all-new role-based security feature for XL products. Three easy-to-use predefined roles provide layered access control to the XL web page interface. The Guest role provides access to real-time and historical production KPIs and metrics, and does not require login. The Supervisor role adds access to device settings such as takt time, ideal cycle time, goals, job ID, and shift ID. The Administrator role adds access to device configuration and advanced diagnostic tools.
Multinational Packaging Company Standardizes on XL
January 29, 2008 – The challenge: Corporate management needed a solution that could collect real-time data from literally hundreds of production assets across more than a dozen manufacturing plants and seamlessly feed this information to their SAP ERP system. After studying a wide range of solutions the Vorne XL400 was selected for its ability to non-intrusively collect real-time performance data from virtually any production asset and cleanly deliver this data to a wide range of enterprise systems.
The result: XL enabled the customer to focus on beating their competition instead of managing costly and time-consuming integration projects.
XL solutions start at around a thousand dollars. Call +1.877.767.5326 for a free 90-day trial.
Vorne Announces Third Consecutive Year of Record Sales
January 4, 2008 – Vorne is pleased to announce that it has achieved its third consecutive year of record sales. Strong growth in 2007 was driven by Vorne's unique combination of lean manufacturing expertise and easy-to-implement performance management products, such as the highly innovative XL800 Productivity Appliance™.
On-Line Documentation Center Released for XL
December 12, 2007 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of the XL Documentation Center, an all-new and innovative approach to product documentation. The XL Documentation Center delivers instant access to the XL User Guide, direct from the XL device via web browser. No more lost or out-of-date manuals and no more digging for documentation. Just organized, accurate, and up-to-date information, delivered direct to your desktop.
The XL Documentation Center is available as a free upgrade for all XL customers. Contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 for more information.
Vorne Previews New XL Features at AME 2007
November 2, 2007 – The AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) 2007 exhibition in Chicago, with its strong emphasis on lean manufacturing, proved to be the perfect event to preview the latest version of the XL Productivity Appliance™ platform. Live product demonstrations of both the XL600 and XL800 provided hands-on interaction with the Vorne XL family of products, complete with the latest features under development by our R&D teams.
Vorne XL is a Hit at Noria's Lean Manufacturing 2007 Conference
October 4, 2007 – Leading manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Energizer Battery, and Harley Davidson gathered in Cleveland on October 1st to 3rd to share lean manufacturing best practices and case studies focused on TPM and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
Vorne exhibited XL products (the XL600 and XL800), which were a popular draw for attendees seeking effective methods for delivering real-time goals along with “role-tailored” process feedback. Attendees shared insights on how they use OEE to drive their TPM initiatives and a common theme was providing the right KPIs to the right people at the right time.
Vorne to Deliver OEE Case Study at National Manufacturing Week
September 21, 2007 – Vorne has been tapped to lead a two-hour conference session on OEE at National Manufacturing Week 2007 in Chicago on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007.
The session explores why OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a leading metric for driving plant floor productivity, and features real-world examples and insights from a Vorne XL800 customer who has successfully implemented OEE in thirteen manufacturing plants around the world.
Contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 to find out more about how we can help make your OEE initiative a success!
KPIs from a Lean Perspective: Achieve Goals, Reduce Waste
July 23, 2007 – Vorne is pleased to announce that it has authored a feature article for Plant Engineering's July issue titled: KPIs from a Lean Perspective: Achieve Goals, Reduce Waste. The article explores how to select and apply key performance indicators such as OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and TAP (Target, Actual, and Piece Variance) to lean manufacturing environments. It also analyzes how real-time, plant floor KPIs expose, quantify, visualize and eliminate waste from the manufacturing process.
Vorne is a recognized leader in the practical application of lean manufacturing techniques to the plant floor and has published numerous articles on the topic. Call us at +1.877.767.5326 to learn how our XL Series will accelerate your lean initiative.
Event Viewer Released for XL
July 2, 2007 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of a web-based Event Viewer for the XL product line. The Event Viewer is fully integrated with the XL device, and automatically tracks a wide range of system events and diagnostics. For example, job and shift resets, time and date changes, and error codes are automatically logged by the XL device, along with detailed information about each event.
The Event Viewer is available now as a free software upgrade for all XL customers and is also shipping as a standard feature on all new XL devices. Call Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 or email us if you would like more information.
XL800 Featured in Manufacturing Business Technology Article
June 11, 2007 – The Vorne XL800 was recently featured in a Manufacturing Business Technology article titled Overall Equipment Effectiveness: An old metric offers new ways of boosting performance. The XL800 is featured as an integrated solution that collects manufacturing data directly from plant-floor assets and displays real-time performance measurements such as OEE for improved operator involvement. The article also highlights the success of Hermes Abrasives in using the XL800 as an essential part of their OEE initiative.
Vorne Invited to Honda Lean Network Conference
May 17, 2007 – More than 300 participants, representing many of the top suppliers to Honda of America, gathered May 15th to 17th in Cincinnati to share lean manufacturing best practices during the 5th annual Honda Lean Network Conference. Vorne is honored to have been one of twelve companies with expertise in lean manufacturing invited by Honda to demonstrate products to Honda's suppliers.
One of the pervasive themes of the conference was visual management. Vorne presented the latest version of its flagship XL600 and XL800 products, which deliver accurate, up-to-the second, plant floor performance data throughout the enterprise, and which “bolt-on” to virtually any manufacturing process. For more information on XL contact Vorne at +1.877.767.5326.
Advanced Web Features Package Released for XL
May 8, 2007 – Vorne is pleased to announce the release of an advanced web features package for the XL product line that adds many features and enhancements to the browser-based user interface. Scalability has been dramatically improved enabling numerous browser clients to be concurrently connected to a single XL device. The user interface has also been enhanced with a new look and feel and significant upgrades to the underlying communication technologies. These upgrades support true real-time connectivity between the browser and XL device; data can be automatically refreshed as often as ten times per second with no page reloads or other visual artifacts and with minimal load placed on network infrastructure.
The web features package is available now as a free software upgrade for all XL customers and is also included with all newly shipped XL devices.
Plant Services Ranks Vorne OEE as a Top Destination
April 2, 2007 – In a March 2007 article on favorite downloads from www.plantservices.com, Michael Ermitage writes that Plant Services coverage of the Vorne OEE web site (www.oee.com) and free pocket guide has consistently been one of the top three downloads from their web site.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a hot topic for manufacturers because it provides a simple way to “keep score” of manufacturing performance. Vorne is widely viewed as a leading expert on OEE – especially in regards to the practical application of OEE to the plant floor. Training your team on the “how” and “why” of OEE can be a challenging task, so Vorne has developed a complete portfolio of free educational materials that support and simplify training. Contact us at +1.877.767.5326 to find out more about how Vorne can help make your OEE initiative a success.
Hands-On Workshop Demonstrates Plant-Wide Data Visibility Tools
March 11, 2007 – Vorne Technology Partner I/Gear is offering a free one-day, hands-on workshop focused on using I/Gear software tools to connect Vorne XL displays to a vast array of plant floor technologies such as PLCs, RFID/barcode scanners, HMIs, ERP systems, databases, spreadsheets, and more. The workshop also showcases web-based performance dashboards that roll-up and aggregate performance data from asset to enterprise using I/Gear tools.
- When: April 11th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch provided)
- Where: I/Gear Training Center, Louisville, KY
- Cost: Free
There is limited availability and these workshops fill up fast so register now! For more information contact Mark Doyle of I/Gear at +1.502.423.0999X114.
Vorne Contributes OEE Cover Story for IMPO Magazine
February 5, 2007 – Vorne is pleased to announce that it was selected to author the OEE cover story for the January 2007 issue of Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operations (IMPO) magazine. The ABCs of Overall Equipment Effectiveness explains how OEE drives improvements in manufacturing effectiveness and efficiency, and how lost production time can be turned into found profits. Vorne is a recognized leader in OEE, publishing the OEE Pocket Guide, the Fast Guide to OEE, and www.oee.com.
Vorne Posts Record Sales for 2006
January 3, 2007 – Vorne announced today that it achieved record sales in 2006, and it's third straight year of strong revenue growth. This sustained growth is a direct result of Vorne's unique combination of lean manufacturing expertise and advanced technology products. Together they deliver an exceptionally fast and cost-effective way to get actionable, real-time production information to the plant floor and throughout the enterprise.
Vorne is the company to watch in 2007! Check back often to see the latest developments in performance management solutions, or call +1.877.767.5326 to learn more about how Vorne can help you increase productivity and profitability in 2007.
Vorne Reduces Lead Times through Lean Manufacturing
December 11, 2006 – With demand for Vorne products running at a record pace, an initiative was recently put into place to meet increased demand using existing capacity and with the additional goal of reducing lead times. Through a process of value stream mapping, key opportunities for improvement were identified and implemented, including cross-training and flexible manning. As a result lead times on Vorne products have been reduced by an average of approximately 30%.
To learn more about lean manufacturing, visit our Learning Center.
Major US Home Products Manufacturer Standardizes on Vorne XL
November 14, 2006 – In an initiative led by their company president, a major US-based home building products manufacturer challenged its employees to further enhance their continuous improvement initiative by sharing best practices and key metrics across the entire decision making chain and across multiple manufacturing plants.
The Vorne XL600 was selected as a key part of the initiative – an integrated means to communicate real-time goals to the plant floor, to deliver accurate and up-to-the-second performance data including real-time OEE, and to provide detailed production information to managers. A pilot program in two plants quickly proved the value of XL, and led to the purchase of over one hundred XL600 devices to monitor production assets across all US manufacturing plants.
Click here to request a free 90-day XL trial for your manufacturing plant!
Automation World Underscores Value of Real-Time OEE
October 20, 2006 – Vorne contributed to an October Automation World article titled: The Trick To Applying OEE Across Several Plants. This article focuses on OEE as a best-practice strategy for driving continuous improvement, and addresses the issues that can arise when comparing OEE across multiple plants. The article also explores how real-time automated data collection plays an important role in obtaining accurate and unbiased OEE scores.
OEE Pocket Guide in Second Printing
September 30, 2006 – Vorne announced today that its highly popular OEE Pocket Guide has been released for its second printing of 25,000 copies. Since first published last year, over 25,000 copies of the OEE Pocket Guide have found their way into the hands of those seeking to learn more about OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). The OEE Pocket Guide was designed to be a convenient quick reference tool for those tasked with implementing OEE on the plant floor and is an excellent training tool for employees at any level.
If you are interested in OEE, and would like to discuss your project with our OEE experts, or if you would simply like to request some OEE Pocket Guides for your team please email us or call Vorne at +1.877.767.5326.
Vorne to Speak at 2006 ATExpo Conference
September 12, 2006 – Vorne will be presenting a session on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) at the 2006 Assembly Technology Expo in Rosemont (Chicago), IL on September 26th. Free OEE training materials such as the Fast Guide to OEE and the popular OEE Pocket Guide will be distributed to all session attendees.
Click here to register for the 2006 Assembly Technology Expo Conference or call Vorne at +1.877.767.5326 to request a free pass for the OEE session. Passes are limited so please call early!
If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more about OEE email your request to receive free OEE training materials for your company.
Major US Automaker Improves Productivity with XL
August 28, 2006 – Real-time visuals at the plant floor can have a substantial impact on productivity, as recently discovered by one of Vorne's XL customers. Despite having an enterprise-level data collection system in place this major US automaker lacked the ability to communicate real-time production goals and data to the plant floor. The solution – the Vorne XL400.
The XL400 was chosen for its cost-effective combination of a highly-visible 4″ LED display, on-board data collection tools, integrated I/O, and its unique ability to execute visual calls for maintenance, QC or supervisory staff at the push of a button. The result – over forty XL400 units installed across the plant, and substantial improvements in productivity. The Senior Electrical Engineer leading the project summed up his XL experience: “I am very impressed with the XL! Just two wires is all it takes to get a tremendous amount of real-time process data”.
New XL Feature! Browser-Based Production Settings
August 1, 2006 – Vorne is pleased to announce that all XL products are now shipping with browser-based access for setting key production values. Takt time, ideal cycle time, goal count, job ID, shift ID and dozens of other values can be quickly and easily set from anywhere in the plant through the new web interface. A total of eight settings pages are available, including Job, Shift, Part, Scale Factors, Presets, User Numbers, User Strings and Device.
Fortune 100 Manufacturer Selects XL for Worldwide Operations
July 3, 2006 – One of the world's largest manufacturers, a FORTUNE Global 100 company, has selected the Vorne XL600 as a “best-of-breed” solution for use in more than 70 manufacturing plants world-wide.
A wide range of solutions were considered by this consumer and industrial products manufacturer during an extensive one-year evaluation, but only the XL600 was selected – as the definitive choice – due to its highly-integrated approach to performance management and the depth of features that are indispensable for lean manufacturing initiatives.
New XL Feature! On-Demand Data Export and Report Generation
June 8, 2006 – Vorne XL products now support instant browser-based data export and report generation – and it's as easy as 1-2-3! Simply select the type of report, the range of records, and the file format. XL does the rest! The result – your production data exported as a CSV file or Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet; or automatically formatted as a Microsoft Word®, rich text, or plain text report. It's that easy.
Put XL to work in your plant and get actionable information anytime and anywhere you need it. Request a free 90-day XL trial with full technical support and application assistance.
Vorne Invited to Honda Annual Lean Network Conference
May 18, 2006 – Vorne was one of sixteen companies invited to the Honda Lean Network Conference May 16th-18th in Atlanta. Vorne conducted OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) workshops and exhibited their newest productivity enhancing XL products.
Honda's Supplier Development Group considers OEE to be a critical metric for measuring process performance relative to its full potential. Workshop attendees learned how OEE data is used to improve manufacturing processes and sustain continuous improvement.
Vorne Participates in OEE Case Studies Panel
May 17, 2006 – Vorne served on the OEE Case Studies Panel and presented a seminar on OEE at the Advanced Manufacturing Exposition (AM Expo) May 15th-17th in Greenville, SC.
One of the most frequently asked questions was how to collect and distribute actionable OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) data; particularly how to effectively log small stop events, which often go undetected yet invariably sap productivity. Panelists agreed that automating data collection is the key to gathering timely, accurate, unbiased data that can be used to identify and eliminate the Six Big Losses.
Vorne XL is a truly “bolt-on” data collection solution that captures data directly from the production asset and distributes this data across the enterprise – in real-time.
New XL Feature! Browser-Based Real-Time Shift and Job Tracking
April 19, 2006 – Getting real-time actionable production data to the right people at the right time is one of the most effective ways of reducing waste in manufacturing environments. Vorne is pleased to announce that all XL models now provide real-time browser-viewable shift and job data, including counts, rates, cycle times, target and goal data, downtime statistics, OEE metrics, and much more. Request a free 90-day trial of XL for your plant today!
Driving Improvement Through Overall Equipment Effectiveness
March 27, 2006 – Vorne will be presenting a session titled Driving Improvement Through Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) at the PIA/GATF Continuous Improvement Conference, which runs from April 9th to 12th in Scottsdale AZ.
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a hot topic for manufacturers in general, and the printing industry is increasingly adopting OEE as a “best practices” metric for monitoring and improving productivity of press and bindery operations.
The Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) is the world's largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than $161 billion in revenue and 1.2 million employees across 12,000 member companies. Learn more about PIA/GATF.
New XL Feature! Over-the-Wire Programming
March 6, 2006 – XL products now support over-the-wire programming of both application code and configuration, making it easier than ever to adapt XL to your specific application.
Using Ethernet (serial communication is also supported) a complete new configuration can be loaded in under one minute. A wizard-driven interface guides you step-by-step through the reprogram process. No screwdrivers, jumpers or power cycles! Just a few simple button-clicks from Vorne Display-Pro® XL software.
Vorne to Present OEE at National Manufacturing Week 2006
February 14, 2006 – Vorne has been selected to present a seminar titled OEE – A Practical Approach to Measuring Continuous Improvement at the National Manufacturing Week 2006 Conferences on Thursday, March 23, 2006 in Chicago.
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is frequently incorporated in lean manufacturing and continuous improvement programs as a “best practices” metric for monitoring and improving the “true” productivity of manufacturing processes (i.e. machines, cells, assembly lines, etc.).
Don't forget to visit Vorne at Booth 22023A (National Industrial Automation Pavilion) for your free OEE Pocket Guide and to see the XL Series in action.
New XL Feature! Integrated Web Server
January 24, 2006 – Would you like to view real-time production information from anywhere inside (or outside) your plant through a simple web browser? The all-new XL embedded web server delivers on this promise by integrating an HTTP server with a dynamic content engine that has full access to the wealth of information generated by XL Series products.
The XL web server is fully integrated into XL products, and supports simultaneous information access by multiple users (managers, supervisors, and when appropriate plant-floor employees). The end-result is instant access to actionable information – anytime and anywhere.
Vorne Announces Record Sales for 2005
January 3, 2006 – Vorne announced today that demand for its flagship XL family of production monitoring and performance management products resulted in record sales for 2005. Interest in the XL Series generated an avalanche of new customers who recognize that actionable, real-time production data is key to increased productivity. Vorne's display products also performed well in 2005, with excellent sales for our large digital, large alphanumeric, and panel message display product lines.
A steady stream of new features released for the XL platform has continued to build unmatched value into XL products. Check back often to keep current with the latest XL news.
Vorne Launches OEE Resource Website
November 28, 2005 – Vorne has launched a new lean manufacturing resource web site devoted to helping manufacturers apply Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to improve productivity, effectiveness and ultimately the bottom line. The site is organized around a series of easy-to-follow lessons that deliver key OEE concepts including Fast Track OEE, OEE Factors, the Six Big Losses, World Class OEE, Calculating OEE and Visual OEE™.
Free downloadable tools available at www.oee.com/tools include:
- Calculating OEE Worksheet (PDF)
- Calculating OEE Spreadsheet (Excel)
- Addressing the Six Big Losses (PDF)
- Fast Guide to OEE™ (PDF)
Visitors are also encouraged to request the OEE Pocket Guide – a highly-effective pocket-sized OEE training tool.
OEE Expertise Highlighted in Automation World Article
November 11, 2005 – Recognized as an authority in the practical application of OEE, Vorne was chosen to contribute to the November Automation World article OEE: The Effectiveness Indicator for Automation. This article highlights how Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) provides a single intuitive metric for measuring manufacturing effectiveness. The article also discusses the value of automating OEE calculations, which is one of many benefits provided by Vorne XL products.
Vorne Moderates “Lean Metrics” at PPC Leadership Conference
October 21, 2005 – Acknowledged as a leader in lean metrics, Vorne was invited by the Paperboard Packaging Council to moderate the “Metrics for Lean Operations” discussion at their Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference held October 19th-21st in Napa, California.
PPC members joined industry experts, such as Vorne, in sharing useful tips, ideas and solutions for using lean metrics to improve the effectiveness of their continuous improvement programs. Forum attendees overwhelmingly agreed that challenging employees with attainable goals and providing real-time, actionable information is one of the keys to success. Having the flexibility to choose the metrics that will best motivate their people was equally important to PPC members. The findings of this event will be published by the PPC in a “101 Solutions” white paper.
Expanded XL600 Legend Library Released
September 14, 2005 – Vorne is pleased to announce today that it has released a new and expanded version of its XL600 legend library. Early on Vorne saw the ability of the classic Andon to deliver focused real-time production metrics to the plant floor in an easy-to-read format. A shortcoming of this style of production scoreboard, however is that it was typically custom-built for a specific purpose making it expensive and inflexible.
The XL600 Production Monitor delivers your production data in terms you choose. However, unlike “custom-built” production scoreboards and Andon displays, the XL600 can be configured (or reconfigured) in minutes to show any of its 100+ process variables. The expanded library adds many new standard terms ideal for production monitoring applications and lean manufacturing initiatives. Custom terms are also available. Or, simply flip the plate over and add your own legend!
Contact us today at +1.877.767.5326 to put the XL600 to work in your plant. It's simple to install, easy to understand and fast to show results!
XL600 Pays For Itself in Two Days of Increased Productivity
August 22, 2005 – During a brand new pilot installation at a Fortune 500 food manufacturer, the XL600 Production Monitor proved its value by generating an amazing $29,000 in productivity improvements (a two day ROI) on the very first line it was tested.
“Yesterday was the first day we looked at the numbers since installing the XL600. The direct result of the display was amazing. We went from running at $9,000 below target per month to a net gain of nearly $30,000 a month! The line operators used to get production numbers the day after the fact and could do nothing about it. Now they immediately know where they are at and where they need to be. We'll be installing the XL600s just as fast as we can get them!”
New Equipment Digest Features XL800 as “Hot Product”
August 9, 2005 – New Equipment Digest has featured the XL800 Production Monitor as a “Hot Product” in their August 2005 print edition. Describing how the XL800 can be up and running in literally minutes, the article also highlights the “6-in-1” XL800 feature set that combines a large-area visual display, production monitor, expandable I/O, communication hub, program executioner and data warehouse in one highly integrated package.
XL800 Named Editor's Choice by Flexible Packaging Magazine
July 25, 2005 – Flexible Packaging Magazine has named the XL800 Production Monitor as an Editor's Choice in its July 2005 print and on-line editions. The Flexible Packaging article discusses the importance of challenging employees with achievable goals while giving them actionable information and tools that they can use to effect change. It describes how the XL800 addresses this need, by functioning as an easy-to-implement “bolt-on” solution for performance management and productivity improvement, while providing more than 100 key real-time performance metrics to both front-line employees and managers.
Contact us today at +1.877.767.5326 and request a FREE 90-day XL trial for your plant!
“Practical Lean Accounting” Shows Vorne in Action
July 15, 2005 – Practical Lean Accounting, by Brian Maskell and Bruce Baggaley, presents an interesting perspective on lean manufacturing – the financial and accounting perspective. This is an important topic, since the ultimate goal of lean manufacturing is to improve the bottom line. Practical Lean Accounting presents a methodology for transforming accounting and financial functions to support and advance lean manufacturing initiatives.
In the Cell Performance Measurements chapter, a first generation Vorne “smart” display is shown in action – providing real-time visual feedback to the plant floor. The chapter discusses First Time Through (FTT) quality, takt time, downtime tracking, OEE, visual information presentation, Andon boards and the importance of timely reporting – all of which are supported by Vorne's new family of XL products. XL is a powerful lean manufacturing tool for real-time visual information presentation, productivity monitoring, and performance management.
Live Demo Shows Power of Vorne – I/Gear Solution
June 8, 2005 – I/Gear Corporation, a specialist in Manufacturing Intelligence solutions, provides native XL connectivity in their Web Framework product. A powerful combination, XL products deliver real-time performance metrics to the plant floor and to your IT network, while Web Framework provides a web-based manufacturing portal to the entire enterprise. View real-time and historical data such as downtime, scrap, cycle time, OEE, shift and job performance, scheduling, traceability, alerts and much more – anytime, anywhere.
Collecting real-time data from XL units at Vorne's Chicago facility and I/Gear's Louisville headquarters, the live demo shows how I/Gear's Web Framework gathers manufacturing data at the asset level and rolls it up to the enterprise. With unlimited users and assets, the Web Framework is a highly cost-effective method of leveraging XL plant-floor intelligence and delivering complete data visibility across the enterprise. Key features include:
- Executive Dashboard – view all of your data anytime, anywhere
- XL Connectivity – native support for the entire XL family
- Asset Tree – performance data rolled up from asset to enterprise
- Modular Interface – Building blocks (e.g. charts, grids, forms)
- Database Independent – connects to all major database platforms
- Fast Deployment – complete solution deployed in days not weeks
Call +1.877.767.5326 and open your window to improved plant floor intelligence!
Vorne Delivers OEE “Best Practices” at PPC Forum
May 13, 2005 – The Paperboard Packaging Council selected Vorne to facilitate a two-day technical conference held May 12th-13th in Scottsdale, Arizona. As experts on the topic of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), Vorne was invited to both facilitate the conference and present OEE as a “best practices” method for packaging manufacturers to increase throughput and improve profitability.
The forum focused on ways to identify bottlenecks and other manufacturing issues that cause downtime, speed and quality losses. PPC members discovered that OEE is an excellent way to attack the “Six Big Losses” through actionable, real-time OEE performance data. After all, if you don't measure it, it's difficult to fix!
Many attendees commented that they now have a better understanding of the value of OEE, and as a result will implement it in their plants. Are you interested in OEE? We invite you to contact us for a complete set of OEE training materials – absolutely FREE!
About the PPC: The Paperboard Packaging Council is the leading U.S. trade association for suppliers and converters of paperboard packaging. Technical & Production Forums are held twice annually to present the latest advances in technology to member companies. To learn more about the PPC go to www.ppcnet.org or contact the PPC at +1.703.836.3300.
Vorne Celebrates 35 Years of Innovative Products
April 7, 2005 – April 1970… Vorne begins its quest to produce the finest and most innovative products for improving manufacturing productivity. Back then our products were “solid-state” counters with neon bulbs and nixie tubes for displays. Today our products are incredibly powerful and highly integrated performance management tools like the flagship XL800 production monitor. It's hard to imagine that when Vorne Industries was incorporated 35 years ago, integrated circuits and LEDs were brand new technologies – and the most common displays were nixie tubes!
During our 35 year history we have stayed true to our vision of creating innovative products that help manufacturing companies be more productive. We have seen a lot of companies come and go from the marketplace, and we are proud to have thrived where others have not. Innovative products such as our XL series, innovative services such as our 90 day trial units, support that delights customers, great quality backed by a three year warranty – these are but a few of the many reasons to which we attribute our success.
As we pop a bottle of champagne today – we toast you… the reason we are here and our partners in success!
New Feature-Loaded Web Site Launched Today
March 22, 2005 – Today Vorne launches an all-new web site loaded with features and resources, with a special focus on helping manufacturing companies improve plant floor productivity. Enhancements include:
- NEW! Learning Center with extensive materials on key lean manufacturing concepts.
- NEW! Vorne By Initiative area with “how-to” topics such as reducing down time, improving communication, increasing capacity, and more – assembled from real-world feedback from literally tens of thousands of conversations with plant floor personnel.
- NEW! Vorne By Industry section that details a broad spectrum of industries, the unique challenges they face, and popular solutions to real-world problems.
- ENHANCED! Support area with an extensive library of data sheets, product manuals, white papers (including the Fast Guide to OEE) and FREE product software.
XL Creates “Buzz” at National Manufacturing Week
March 10, 2005 – The Vorne XL product line was a huge hit at National Manufacturing Week 2005. But don't take our word for it – here's a direct quote from a representative of one of the major automation trade publications:
“I've walked this entire show floor from end to end several times and the greatest buzz and excitement is definitely at your booth! The enthusiasm for your products is amazing.”
Why such enthusiasm? A common theme expressed by visitors was their excitement in finding a “bolt-on” production monitoring solution that allows them to collect real-time production data, display it on the plant floor and push it over their network – all from one integrated product that is “non-intrusive” (doesn't affect current processes).
Thank you to all who visited our exhibit for helping to make this show a tremendous success for Vorne.
Vorne Introduces FREE OEE Pocket Guide
February 25, 2005 – Today Vorne announced availability of the brand new OEE Pocket Guide – a pocket-sized Overall Equipment Effectiveness training and implementation tool specifically designed for the fast-paced factory floor. Chock full of useful information, the OEE Pocket Guide covers topics such as Defining OEE, World Class OEE, OEE Factors, Calculating OEE, The Six Big Losses, OEE Terms and Visual OEE.
We guarantee the OEE Pocket Guide will greatly enrich your understanding of OEE, Availability, Performance and Quality – or we will cheerfully refund your purchase price. Oops – that's right – we said it was FREE. So what are you waiting for – call +1.877.767.5326 today and request your copy!
International Media Manufacturer Standardizes on XL
February 14, 2005 – Vorne is pleased to announce that it has secured a large multi-plant XL order to enhance manufacturing productivity for an internationally recognized media products manufacturer. Vorne XL products were selected over all other competition due to their extreme flexibility and powerful “bolt-on” production monitoring feature set.
Multiple plant locations standardized on the XL800 Large Graphics Production Monitor, with the following features identified as “key critical” by the customer:
- Integrated “bolt-on” production monitoring of KPIs including OEE
- Ease of reconfiguring the display for alternate metrics
- Enterprise-wide data delivery via integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Input Port Features Enhanced in XL Next Generation
January 31, 2005 – Vorne announced today powerful new input port features for the XL Next Generation including:
- Automatic time-stamping on every input
- Independent cumulative counter for each input
- Parallel port feature for loading numeric data
- Parallel port triggering of messages and programs
Our thanks to XL prerelease program participants for contributing their ideas to help propel XL to the next generation!
Vorne Reaffirms Industry Leading Three-Year Warranty
January 17, 2005 – Vorne products are built rugged and tough. Our engineers focus on designing robust products that work reliably day after day, week after week, and year after year.
After watching one of our competitors briefly match our three-year warranty period, and then back down to a shorter warranty, we thought it an excellent time to remind you that Vorne continues to provide our industry leading three-year warranty on virtually all products.
Go with the company that has a great track record for quality AND that backs it up with a three-year warranty…Vorne!
XL Next Generation Launched
January 3, 2005 – With an overwhelmingly positive response from participants in the XL prerelease program, Vorne is pleased to announce XL Next Generation. Featuring a powerful new core with roughly 20 times the processing power of its predecessor, XL Next Generation is slated to provide an exciting array of new features that enhance capabilities in all key areas:
- Visual Display
- Production Monitor
- I/O Ports
- Communication Hub
- Data Warehouse
- Program Executioner
- Internet Applications
In keeping with Vorne's “delight the customer” philosophy, all XL prerelease program participants will be provided a free-of-charge upgrade to XL Next Generation upon production release.
2000 Series Panel Mount Displays Receive Design Update
December 5, 2004 – While some companies have discontinued support for industrial panel mount message displays, Vorne continues strong with the 2000 Series Message Display and 2100 Series Message Display product lines. In particular, Vorne recently completed a major design update to the 2000 Series that enables continued long-term production. The design changes incorporate new technologies related to Vacuum Fluorescent (VFD) displays, and are transparent to the end-user. VFD displays offer outstanding brightness and readability, and are ideal for factory floor environments.
First XL Unit Shipped Leads to Multi-Plant Order
September 21, 2004 – Vorne announced today that it has received a large order for XL800 products, to equip multiple print advertising manufacturing plants. What makes this event particularly interesting, is the order resulted from the very first XL unit shipped!
The customer chose Vorne XL because of the extreme flexibility, powerful integrated production monitoring features and exceptional value.
This is just one of many XL success stories. If you are seeking a solution to reduce downtime, enhance plant performance, or are engaged in visual factory initiatives, take a close look at XL products.
Vorne Unveils Flagship XL800 at AutoTech 2004
September 1, 2004 – The XL800 was publicly unveiled this week at AutoTech 2004. XL has many features designed to address the needs of Tier One and Tier Two automotive suppliers, and provides one integrated solution for plant floor visuals and “bolt-on” production monitoring.
Some of the great comments we received from show visitors:
“Remarkable visibility! I saw the production numbers on your display from three aisles away. I simply couldn't take my eyes off of it!”
“Unquestionably the best display at the show. If I never see another plasma display it will be too soon…the data is just so crisp on your display.”
“Data collection and a visual display in a single product? Great idea!”
Want to enhance productivity, reduce downtime – inform, alert and motivate employees? XL is the answer!
Partnership with I/Gear Enhances Plant Floor Data Visibility
August 31, 2004 – Vorne announced today a broad-based partnership with I/Gear Corporation. Based on a more than 10 year relationship with I/Gear and parent company Advanced Production Systems, the strength of the combined product solutions provides significant benefits to companies interested in lean manufacturing, performance management, and other productivity improvement initiatives.
Integrating I/Gear Data Transport Utility (DTU) software with Vorne visual display and data acquisition products gives manufacturers a significant advantage over traditional data collection and delivery methods by providing a best-in-breed solution that seamlessly interconnects plant-floor devices, manufacturing execution systems (MES), databases and plant floor visual displays. This unique combination allows manufacturers to deliver critical real-time data visibility to all levels of their enterprise with remarkably fast implementation.
XL800 Web Cam – See XL in Action
August 16, 2004 – Vorne launched a live web cam today to show the XL800 in action. The web cam features an in-operation XL800 and combines the visual display (that operators and end-users see on the plant floor), with real-time data delivered through innovative Display-Pro® XL dynamic web pages.
Viewers are encouraged to click on the “Device” name and drill down into numerous production focused pages that can be customized by the end-user to show production data in a myriad of different ways. Imagine…real-time, right now plant floor visibility from anywhere in your plant – all delivered through a simple web browser!
See the XL800 in action!
XL Data Sheets Released
July 19, 2004 – A complete set of data sheets was released today for the XL family of data collection and visual display products. Offering extensive feature-focused product information, these data sheets assist customers in selecting from our array of plant floor productivity enhancement tools.
Click one of the links below to view the associated XL data sheet:
- XL800 Alphanumeric Production Monitor
- XL600 Multiple Line Numeric Production Monitor
- XL400 Single Line Numeric Production Monitor
Other benefits from Vorne are our industry leading three-year limited warranty, world-class technical support and salespeople committed to complete customer satisfaction. Call us at +1.877.767.5326 or send us an email.
Lean Manufacturing Training Program Launched
June 1, 2004 – Vorne announced today the launch of a new lean manufacturing training program for its product specialists, designed to provide even more value to our customer base. An ever increasing number of companies we talk to are interested in lean manufacturing, and find it beneficial to talk to people that understand the language of lean and similar initiatives. Call us today and put our knowledge to the test!
TCP/IP Communication for 87 Express Pro Software!
August 18, 2003 – Vorne Industries has released an upgraded Windows® software package for Vorne 87 Series Displays. The primary new feature is:
- Native TCP/IP communication (for use with Ethernet to Serial converters)
Like all of our software utilities, the new version is available FREE of charge. Learn more or download 87 Express Pro from our web site, and if you have any questions or comments contact us any time.
New and Improved Windows® Clock Synchronization Software!
April 14, 2003 – Vorne Industries has released an upgraded Windows® software package for synchronizing up to 256 Vorne 87 Series Clocks. Some key new features include:
- Native TCP/IP communication (for use with Ethernet to Serial converters)
- Support for up to 256 clocks
- Transaction and error logging for improved troubleshooting
- Support for both 12 and 24 hour time formats
- Automatically refreshed communication status
Vorne Announces Annual Sales Record!
December 31, 2002 – Vorne Industries announced today that it has achieved an all time sales record for the just completed year! Vorne customers recognize that especially in difficult economic times, it pays to maintain a strong focus on improving productivity. In fact, one of our customers reported that their Vorne display paid for itself after just nine minutes of improved productivity!
Vorne Announces Yet Another Sales Record!
October 31, 2002 – Vorne Industries announced today that it achieved an all time monthly sales record in October. In this mixed economy this is an especially strong validation of the Vorne approach to enhancing plant productivity – the Lean Approach To Lean™.
Check out our alphanumeric and digital display product lines and contact us today to find out how we can help you with your next display application! And watch this space for upcoming major new product announcements (coming soon).
Vorne Announces Quarterly Sales Record!
July 2, 2002 – Vorne Industries announced today record shipments for the just completed quarter. Sales growth in both our alphanumeric and digital display product lines contributed to our reaching an all time quarterly sales record. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your next display application! And watch this space for upcoming major new product announcements (coming soon)…
New and Improved Windows® Programming Software Now Available for the 2100PC Product Line!
February 7, 2001 – Vorne Industries has released an upgraded and improved, 32-bit Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000 software package for programming the 2100PC message display series. Called “Display-Pro® 2100”, this easy to use software package maintains full cross compatibility with the file format of the earlier 16-bit version (VDP3). Like all of our programming utilities it's available free of charge. As a matter of fact, you can immediately download Display-Pro 2100 from our web site. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!
Vorne Announces Record Sales in 2000!
January 10, 2001 – Vorne Industries announced today record shipments for the year 2000. Sales growth in both our alphanumeric and digital display product lines contributed to a record year for the company. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your next display application, and experience the outstanding service that has lead so many customers to return again and again to Vorne!
Vorne's Hi-Accuracy Clock Display is an IPB Editor's Choice!
October 3, 2000 – The 87 Series Hi-Accuracy Clock Display (model 708) received the editor's choice designation in the September 2000 issue of Industrial Product Bulletin. This is just one example of how people in our industry view our products as “…simple, flexible and cost-effective solutions…”.
Connect Vorne Displays to Ethernet Networks!
October 1, 2000 – Vorne Industries has added the ability to connect its most popular displays to Ethernet networks. Customer demand for this ability led Vorne engineers to find a suitable solution for existing display products. The solution involves the use of an Ethernet to serial gateway in the form of an inexpensive, compact piece of hardware. The gateway converts data from the LAN into serial data for use with Vorne displays. If you would like more detailed information on how this solution works and/or how to obtain the gateway hardware, download our Vorne Displays via Ethernet application note or call us at +1.877.767.5326.
New Windows® Process Monitoring Software Now Available for the 87 Series Product Line!
September 25, 2000 – In order to make it even easier for our customers to take advantage of the powerful functionality their 87 Series displays offer, a new software application called 87 Express Pro has been released. 87 Express Pro is a Windows® 95/98/NT/2000 software package that allows you to accomplish several tasks. These tasks include:
- Reading and Writing various parameters that control how the 87 Series display operates.
- Real-time polling of variable data that the 87 Series display maintains.
- Sending messages containing the variable information to another popular Vorne display, the M1000.
- Exporting the variable data maintained by the 87 Series display to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
Like all of our programming utilities it's available FREE of charge. If you would like to find out more about this utility, see the 87 Express Pro Information page. If you would like to download 87 Express Pro immediately, download 87 Express Pro for Windows® from our web site. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!
New Windows® Messaging Software Now Available for the M1000!
August 15, 2000 – In order to give Vorne customers an easy way to interact with their M1000 displays, a new software application called M1000 Express has been released. M1000 Express is a Windows® 95/98/NT/2000 software package that allows you to accomplish several tasks. These tasks include:
- The ability to create text based messages that can be sent to an M1000.
- The ability to create graphics that can be sent to an M1000.
- The ability to create message lists that are then sent in sequence to an M1000.
- The ability to preview any graphics, messages, or message lists directly within the application (you don't even need to have the display connected!).
NOTE: In order to use M1000 Express, your display must contain firmware with a version of 2.0.0d2 or higher. If your display does not meet this qualification, contact Vorne about receiving an upgrade to your firmware.
Like all of our programming utilities, M1000 Express is available FREE of charge. If you would like to find out more about this utility, see M1000 Express for Windows®. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!
New 3 Year Warranty On All Standard Vorne Display Products!
August 1, 2000 – Vorne Industries announced today that it has extended its standard Product Warranty from one (1) year to (3) years for all of its standard display products. In keeping with a long-standing tradition of outstanding customer support, Vorne is providing this improved warranty for all prior standard product purchases as well. Another demonstration of Vorne's commitment to the very best customer service!
New High Accuracy Clock Displays Available Now!
May 5, 2000 – Vorne Industries has released an exciting new family of High Accuracy Industrial Clocks. Customer requests for reasonably priced large digital clocks, designed specifically for the demanding industrial environment, led our research team to develop a clock that is ten times more accurate than typical “real time clocks” (like the one in your PC for example).
A super accurate timing crystal combined with precision temperature compensation provide a super bright digital clock with a typical accuracy of one minute per year—and that's across the entire temperature range of 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C). Available as an option for our 87 Series these clocks are suitable for stand-alone as well as network applications and are available in digit sizes readable to 400 feet and beyond!
New 3 Year Warranty On 87 Series Product Family
April 28, 2000 – Vorne Industries announced today that it has extended its standard Product Warranty from one (1) year to (3) years for its fast growing 87 Series family of large digital displays. In keeping with a long-standing tradition of outstanding customer support, Vorne is providing this improved warranty for prior 87 Series purchases as well. Another demonstration of Vorne's commitment to the very best customer service!
Vorne's Website 2000
January 24, 2000 – Vorne Industries has implemented a major website update for the year 2000! New features include pull down menus to help you quickly navigate our site, a search facility, a site map, and an applications section that describes how our products fit specific applications (e.g. timers, counters, production displays, clocks, etc.). We've also placed our press releases on-line, provided links to other useful sites, and listed recent editorial press coverage our products have received. We hope you enjoy the site, and that you will find the new features helpful!
Custom Product Solutions for a Competitive World!
September 17, 1999 – Vorne Industries has been awarded a major contract for the development and production of a custom 2″ character remote display to be used in the printing industry. Designed to interface to an existing microprocessor based machine controller, the product features super-bright AlGaAs LEDs, and offers the client a cost-effective means of displaying machine status messages that can easily be read from distances up to seventy five feet.
Vorne custom products feature intuitive operation, clean design and the outstanding value that comes from 30 years of experience designing displays and controls. Call us with your custom display requirements. We have the experience and talent to help make your products shine!
Windows® Programming Software Now Available for 2000C Product Line
July 22, 1999 – Vorne Industries has released a new Windows® 95/98/NT software package for programming the 250 message 2000C message display series. Called “Vorne Display-Pro® for Windows®”, this easy to use software package maintains full cross compatibility with the file format of the earlier MS-DOS® version. Like all of our programming utilities it's available free of charge. As a matter of fact, you can immediately download Vorne Display-Pro for Windows® from our web site. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!
Vorne Announces New EMC Test Capability
July 1, 1999 – Vorne Industries has installed a new and sophisticated EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) workstation to enhance our in house capabilities for a variety of electrical interference tests. Today's industrial plants can provide a very hostile electrical environment, especially towards sophisticated microprocessor based electronic equipment. This makes it especially important to be able to quickly and repeatably test for a wide range of interference types. Vorne's new workstation provides the ability to simulate many hostile electrical conditions at multiple levels with repeatable and trackable performance. The workstation will simulate the following interference types to the listed international standards:
|Interference Type||Test Standard||Equipment Capability|
|ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)||EN 61000-4-2||±15kV air discharge|
±8kV contact discharge
|EFT (Electrical Fast Transient)||EN 61000-4-4||4.4kV|
|Power Surge||EN 61000-4-5||4.0kV|
|Low Frequency Magnetic Field||EN 61000-4-8||30 Amps/meter|
|Voltage Dips and Interrupts||EN 61000-4-11||Fully Programmable|