GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms , a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has launched a new version of its Proficy Tracker software, Proficy Tracker 7.5.
The Proficy Tracker 7.5 software helps companies to realise lean initiatives by managing the execution of orders and the related flow of materials.
The Proficy Tracker 7.5 is in use in companies all over the world, managing the tracking and traceability and discrete operations, such as container management and packaging, of consumer products in industries from automotive to electronics.
Proficy Tracker 7.5 delivers lean production by helping to manage inventory, schedule resources in real time and route material through the discrete manufacturing process.
Tracker provides the ability to not only track the real-time location of orders on the production floor, but it can also be configured to perform routing logic on the movement of the product throughout the manufacturing facility.
This capability allows manufacturers to manage the physical routing and delivery of multiple product components and sub-assemblies into complex product assemblies.
Proficy Tracker 7.5 can help companies:
- Monitor and manage production flow through the use of business rules
- Dynamically collect and store a range of data about each component and assembly to create traceability records
- Provide control commands to production equipment in order to process and route materials
- Support inspection and rework processes, as well as production, assembly, and packaging operations
“Manufacturing is shifting from build-to-stock to build-to-order,” said Erik Udstuen, Software General Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.
“In many operations, suppliers have to pay a penalty, if the end user production sequence is not achieved. If the right components are not available, that order will have to come off the main production line until the parts arrive. This will have a direct impact on all subsequent operations if not handled correctly.”
Proficy Tracker 7.5’s Order Execution Management functionality is targeted at handling the ever-changing real world conditions of the production floor and coordination of suppliers.
It provides production order management, bill of material distribution, supplier coordination, sequence and substitution management along with production hold management.
“Proficy Tracker 7.5 is enables to achieve a lean manufacturing environment,” said Rich Breuning, GE Fanuc Global Product Manager for Discrete Solutions.
“Dynamic, business rule-based scheduling maintains the production sequence and supplier coordination. E-Kanban is achieved through monitoring consumption at the different assembly stations and issuing material delivery requests. Mistake-Proofing is achieved by ensuring the right products are assembled at the stations.”
Proficy Tracker 7.5 works with a variety of production processes, making it easy for users to implement and operate a comprehensive work-in-progress tracking system.
The application utilises data from automated sensors and readers including bar codes, RF Tags and other mechanical tag systems and provides graphic screens to display tracking paths and item information and reflect production control commands.
It also maintains detail data for all jobs in the system, including content, status, location, and production process counts and keeps cycle counts, repair information and carrier status online.
It accommodates different types of carriers and containers within a system, allowing manufacturers to track and route products even when the process transforms them.
“The value of any software product is its ability to improve business performance,” concluded Erik Udstuen.
“Proficy Tracker 7.5, with its order execution management capabilities, is ideal in the industry and offers a solution that manages and adapts to the real time situations that occur on the production floor.”
In addition, Proficy Tracker 7.5 accommodates a range of production flow adjustments, from minor modifications to major system redesign.
The solution’s automation of tracking and routing can significantly increase the return on existing equipment by automatically sending defective materials to a rework area and scrapped materials to a recycling area; grouping batches of products to be painted the same colour improving efficiency, reducing setup and waste; monitor carriers in need of maintenance; and providing line balancing during production start up.