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Paperless Dispatch 


Paperless Manufacturing Software

Reduce the clutter. Work faster and smarter with electronically communicated work assignments.

Paperless Dispatch is an advanced ShopVue MES software module that replaces paper traveler packets and the need to scan bar codes by displaying order information on terminals at each operation. With Paperless Dispatch, you can:

  • Improve production schedules and decrease lead time. When you don't need to print and distribute paper traveler packets, you can get new and updated orders to the factory---and to your customers---faster.
  • Improve quality. Deliver detailed instructions, illustrations, and videos for each operation. And if there are changes to the order, update linked documents instantaneously. This ensures employees have the complete and current information they need to get things right the first time.
  • Identify and complete rework faster. Flag parts needing rework or notify Inspectors of parts needing dispositioning without taking Operators away from their stations. Notify Operators of waiting rework as soon as it becomes ready.
  • Use less paper and reduce clerical effort. Save trees and time on printing, collating, and distributing paper packets; both are good for your bottom line.

How a Paperless Factory Works with ShopVue

When an Operator logs on to the ShopVue Console, he sees each of his assigned machines and a sequenced list of operations that should run on each---the Activity List.

1. The Operator selects the next work order from the Activity List.

2. ShopVue loads data associated with the selected work order such as build notes (shown below in the detail panel). The Console becomes a "one stop shop" source of information for the Operator.

3. To view additional information associated with the order, the Operator touches the Links button.

4. ShopVue displays a list of all documents and drawings associated with the selected work order.

5. When the Operator completes the operation, ShopVue automatically routes the order to the next scheduled workcenter and displays the next step on that workcenter's Activity List.

Features

Configurable Sequence

ShopVue typically sequences ready orders based on the operation due date included in the order import. But planners and supervisors can override this sequence in each Console configuration if, for example, you are sorting dispatches based on a FIFO scheme (where the first order in is the first out at each processing step).

Rework

When identifing parts that can be salvaged, you can use ShopVue to identify and track them through rework. You can elect to a) create a new rework order, b) choose from rework routing template or c) perform what ShopVue calls “simple rework” in which you can report rework hours without creating a rework order. When creating rework routings, you specify the steps in the route and where rework will rejoin the original routing (for example, at a later step than originally routed).

Material Review Board (MRB)

When reporting pieces as “suspect”, ShopVue can generate an MRB tag that identifies the pieces for inspection. ShopVue makes it easy for inspectors to disposition the pieces. Inspectors work from an Active MRB Tags List (similar to the Activity List) that shows white rows (tags waiting to be dispositioned) and gray rows (completed inspections). They can disposition the pieces “Use as Is”, “Scrap”, or “Rework”. Learn more about Material Review Board.

Hold Order Tool

You can place orders on hold and take them off hold as needed. Two core reports are also available: Orders Currently on Hold and Orders on Hold History.

Inspection Plans

The Console can now display inspection forms and enable Operators to record inspection results electronically within the ShopVue Console. Engineers can configure inspection criteria, tolerances, sample size, and the frequency ShopVue requires an inspection (for example, after step 30 or during step 40 after every N quantity complete). Learn more about Inspection Plans.

Sequence Validation

You can optionally require that Operators run jobs in the sequence in which they are dispatched. This eliminates cherry picking (Operators making ill-informed priority decisions) and ensures they are always building the right parts at the right time.

Concurrent Operations

When ShopVue imports an order, it can refine the routing to indicate that select operations can run concurrently or in parallel. This is often done for a specific workcenter. Concurrent operations are ready at their respective workpoints at the same time.

Customizable Link Generation

As ShopVue imports orders, you can call custom TSQL code to automatically create links to all associated documents. The code is based upon your rules for storing and naming documents. Alternatively, a similar procedure can read your ERP database if it stores a list of links. Either way, ShopVue uses content that is authored and stored elsewhere; there is no need for messy replication or re-authoring.

Local Order Creation

You can maintain part routings with revision control directly in ShopVue. You can then use these routings to create and release new Work Orders. This is helpful to companies that are not managing work-in-progress in an ERP or want to locally manage a different order type (for example, maintenance orders).

 

 

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About ShopVue: ShopVue is a shop floor data collection system that provides a fast, friendly and foolproof user experience. Our MES software works with your ERP such as SAP; Oracle; Dynamics NAV, GP, or AX; Infor Syteline, XA, Point.Man, ForthShift; Macola ES; BPCS; PRMS and more.

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