ShopVue delivers cutting-edge factory technology on both sides of the border.
Econolite manufactures traffic signals and controllers that keep vehicles moving safely through intersections worldwide. But at two Econolite factories in Anaheim, California and Tecate, Mexico, it’s ShopVue that keeps the orders moving efficiently through production.
In 2010, Econolite selected ShopVue for their Anaheim plant to extend Microsoft Dynamics NAV and provide integrated shop floor labor, attendance, and machine tracking. Impressed with ShopVue’s ease of use and ability to drive lean improvements, the company began a three-phase implementation at their larger Mexico facility just six months later. Today, over 400 Econolite employees use ShopVue daily while managers get real-time data from both locations.
How Econolite Uses ShopVue
Econolite gets the most out of ShopVue, using the software for labor and order tracking, time and attendance, machine monitoring, paperless order dispatch, and custom reporting. In Tecate, eleven large monitors display Dashboard reports that rapidly convey real-time data like workcenter efficiency, upcoming order schedules, or if there’s a problem with a critical machine.
Using ShopVue’s Direct Machine Interface (DMI), Econolite gets real-time data automatically from press brakes, laser cutters, and other important machines. ShopVue consultants configured DMI to meet some specific requirements at Econolite. For example, on the brake machines, a normal run state consists of a few seconds of activity followed by a half a minute of quiet. ShopVue converts this pattern of starts and stops into a single record of steady uptime. Econolite’s DMI also accounts for “lights-out” operation in which an Operator can leave a machine running overnight. When the machine stops, ShopVue automatically stops machine time from accruing on the order.
On the back end, ShopVue handles a complex multi-site, multi-company integration with Econolite’s ERP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Each site (USA and Mexico) has its own SQL server; ShopVue automatically synchronizes the two databases.
After installing ShopVue, Econolite quickly began seeing the benefits of an automated, paperless factory. “Within a year of installing ShopVue at our [California] plant, we saw efficency gains of about 20 percent,” says Irene Silva, Project Manager. With ShopVue recently fully implemented, engineers are now able to review and streamline routings and adjust standards at the Mexico plant, too, where they expect similar efficency gains.