The shop floor is the core of your company’s production process. This is the place where your manufacturing workers, machine oerators, and automated tools execute on the processes that you’ve planned. At the same time, it’s the place where shop floor control—process validation, data collection, quality control, product sampling, and other related activities—takes place. When properly implemented and usable for your company’s employees, a robust shop floor control system can serve as a powerful tool for controlling resources, schedules, and costs.
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Shop Floor Control (SFC) refers to a set of tools and techniques that are used to track, monitor, and supervise manufacturing people, processes, and materials on the production floor. Generally, this includes tools for scheduling work, tracking metrics, and monitoring human, material, and equipment resources as they are brought onto the factory floor.
These processes may be automated for greater accuracy and efficiency; some elements, such as inventory tracking and schedule optimization, may be fully autonomous, while other functions incorporate human review and judgment.
These controls are irrelevant to several areas of manufacturing, including:
Your shop floor control system has a profound influence on your business. A poorly-integrated system that’s difficult to use can threaten your ability to produce, validate, and deliver products for your clients. By contrast, a system that integrates with your company’s manufacturing toolchain can be an invaluable tool that shows you what’s actually happening on the factory floor in close to real-time.
A robust shop floor control system can yield many direct and secondary benefits for your company’s manufacturing operations. Some of the most visible of these include:
Businesses whose shop floor procedures include manual entry steps may realize particularly significant benefits from efforts to automate their shop floors. Not only can this save time, but it can also cut down on redundant paperwork, minimize errors, and reduce labor costs.
But not all solutions are created equal. A solution that does not integrate with your MES or ERP is not working to its full potential, and may even create bottlenecks and continued challenges for full adoption. To reap all the benefits, you need a solution that integrates easily and completely with your existing tool suite.
MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence solutions can support your company on your digital transformation and smart manufacturing journey. When integrated with your existing production systems, such as an MES or ERP, our software can help your company realize significant cost savings and:
To find out more about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it supports robust shop floor control, please contact MasterControl.