Insight Into the Productivity of Lines

With SensrTrx’s manufacturing productivity software, your production team can layout and model a production line, getting information on every station or on the line as a whole, in a single view.

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Know Where You Stand at Any Given Time

Get Insight into Your Production Lines

Improve Productivity of the Entire Line

Better understand how all of the machines in a cell or line are performing. Look at each station individually or the line as a whole. Monitor completion percentage and how close you are to hitting the target.

SensrTrx gives you the ability to work the way you want and need to work, rather than bending to the system.

 

 
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Quantity, Waste, & Downtime by Station

Understand total downtime, which stations are contributing the most downtime, and where waste is coming from, by the individual station. Knowing which station is causing problems and how often is vital to making improvements.

With dashboards, it’s very easy for you to report and improve efficiencies.

Discover Bottlenecks

The most important thing for reducing waste in a manufacturing cell is understanding where the bottlenecks are and why.

With SensrTrx, you can analyze each individual station giving you insight into where bottlenecks are occurring and how to fix the problems.

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Unit of Measure Support

SensrTrx gives you the ability to track units as they are produced by the line and determine how many units are needed to create a finished good. 

This gives you the ability to understand and measure the performance of each station on the line.

Integrate with Scheduling

Save time by scheduling a product as a finished good rather than as an individual unit or piece of equipment. Automatically report on the total number of finished goods made, reducing the need for manual data calculations. 

Get a clear understanding of your production schedule and positively impact on-time delivery and profitability.

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Case Study

Tacony Saves Over $500k in Unrealized Revenue by Reducing 14-Week Backlog with SensrTrx 

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Still have questions about manufacturing line software?

What are the benefits of using manufacturing line software?

A lot of manufacturers are handling assembly line layout inefficiencies by playing whack-a-mole with bottlenecks in these manufacturing lines because it is viewed as the most affordable and efficient method they have available. They assume that tracking things via manufacturing productivity software would require a lot of man-hours, the implementation or acquisition of expensive or complex technology, or a combination of both.

Fortunately, this is incorrect. SensrTrx can provide dashboards pre-loaded with all of this data simply by hooking into all of your existing infrastructures. In an instant, manufacturers can begin applying cost-saving measures. We find that this is often a surprise to manufacturers who are used to the lengthy implementation of technology.

What’s an example of assembly line layout software in action?

Let’s say you have 7 machines in a cell. In many cases, you may find out retroactively that the cell was down, but in reality machine 1 may have been down. This means the cell’s issue was really just a single machine’s issue. Understanding how each part is performing inside the manufacturing line can help you proactively prevent inefficient practices caused by specific machines or operators that may not be operating consistently like other machines in the cell.

If machine 1 takes an hour to make 4 parts, but machine 2 only takes 30 minutes to make the same amount. You can schedule around these inconsistencies by having machine 1 run for an hour; while only making machine 2 run for 30 minutes; as opposed to running the entire cell for an unnecessary amount of time.

This is an easy way to save money and reduce poor practices. Any manufacturer that operates this way can implement this.

Conventional wisdom says… only measure OEE on the bottleneck. You want to measure the bottleneck because that is what’s limiting your output, but when you do that you ignore all the other machines on that manufacturing line (and their importance to the cell)? This leaves you at risk for your other machines in the cell to perform inefficiently in the future; which will likely occur since you’re not focused on what’s happening in that part of the line.

Now, those upstream machines become the problem because they haven’t been monitored. This is a really common occurrence and that means that the bottlenecks move over time. This is a vicious cycle of fixing bottlenecks but never knowing where they’re going to be next.

The most efficient way to do this would be to monitor all machines together so you can see approaching bottlenecks and schedule around them. This will allow you to run the cell more efficiently, reduce downtime, and improve cell performance.

How can software grow a manufacturing business?

One of the biggest issues that manufacturers face is inefficiencies in their manufacturing lines. This is often in the form of bottlenecks, unscheduled downtime, and inconsistent throughput. This is one of the first places that experienced lean manufacturing leaders look to cut costs and increase important metrics like OEE.

The secret to reducing costs and improving the way things work in these cells is by better understanding how all the individual machines in that cell are performing in the context of all other cell operations. This is where it sounds like things will become complex, require a lot of data collection, and careful analysis. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case.

In its simplest form, the most important thing for reducing waste in a manufacturing cell is understanding where the bottlenecks are and why. 

A simple step to starting out here could be as easy as looking at individual machine downtimes by reason codes before bottlenecks take place, to make sure these machines are always fed with product. How can you schedule this downtime to efficiently fix problems to reduce bottlenecks, reduce waste, and improve performance? Often, much of the waste in these manufacturing lines are related to unscheduled downtime and the fact that some individual machines inside the cell are running much differently than others.

What is the best line configuration software to use?

At the end of the day, the software you choose should help achieve your goals. Does it give you visibility into the entire plant, in addition to each specific line? Does it fit within your budget? Will it help you continuously improve? Will it fit the culture of your plant? What does the implementation process look like? Will it integrate with your other systems

These are all questions you should ask before choosing a line configuration software. There are probably many more you should answer, too, but you probably get the picture. Whichever software you choose, it should fit your pre-established requirements and help you achieve benchmarks and goals.