Digital Work Instructions are an integral component of a smart factory, coordinating with the Manufacturing Execution System to achieve paperless manufacturing and greater profitability.
If the MES is the central nervous system of a smart factory, digital work instructions (a.k.a. smart work instructions) are the heart and muscle, distributing the latest instructions to everyone on the shop floor and enforcing the new instructions. The more workers you have, the more valuable digitized work instructions are, but even a single factory benefits from delivering accurate instructions to every workstation exactly when needed every time.
What are Digital Work Instructions?
Digital work instructions software is the paperless solution to guiding operators through their workflows on the shop floor. By replacing paper instructions with digital instructions, manufacturers streamline deployment to minimize downtime, improve quality and compliance, accelerate throughput, and make more money.
Accelerate Deployment – Improve Accuracy
Speed-up deployments and change orders while at the same time improving accuracy. Workers get exactly the instructions they need, accurate and up to date. Instructions are easily accessed by specialized workstations, or through smart tablets and phones.
Create and manage different variations in work instructions with ease. Instructions are customizable for different lines/workstations, work shifts, variable product features, or parts availability.
Because it’s all digitized, changes can be made and implemented quickly. Authorized users can configure workflows and distribute them in real-time. The system manages version control, so a record of all instructions is always available.
Data gathered by Digital Work Instructions can be turned into real-time reports for improved decision-making. You can see work orders completed by day, cycle times, work shift productivity, or any other variable you designate.
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Expand Your Vision
Digital Work Instructions can be integrated with other corporate systems like Digital Planning, ERP, and PLM to provide a more complete view of your manufacturing operations.
Benefits of Digital Work Instructions
Planning a Path to Profitability
iBASEt works with manufacturers of all sizes to identify the areas that are most in need of improvement. Then we help implement MES, Digital Work Instructions, and other applications in a phased approach that adds value and profitability at every stage.
With these applications now available via the cloud, they are practical and profitable for even medium and smaller sized companies.