Speaker: Conrad Leiva
We have had big advances in engineering technology, and we are moving to model-based definition and leveraging 3-D models. We are coming from a world of 2-D drawings into 3-D models. Engineers have embraced the technology and do everything 3-D now, but on the shop floor, we still see a lot of 2-D drawings and engineers who try to turn 3-D content into 2-D content for downstream processes. Now they are brainstorming how to leverage that 3-D content with regard to work instruction on the shop floor in order to provide animations and better illustrations. Instead of a highly textural work instruction, they leverage the visual. The phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is true on the shop floor.
Change management of content and work instructions is very important for regulatory compliance. Many companies have great processes for product change and revisions and for tracking the design changes, but they do not necessarily have great processes for tracking changes of the work process. If you ask, “What is the revision level for your processes?” many do not know. They will tell you the product level right away, however. For regulatory compliance, it is essential to treat those processes the same way a product is treated. It is just as important to know that we are building to the right process level.
A manufacturing execution system can help to enforce a lot of the change management practice as well as expedite the work through workflow technology, route the changes to the right people, and perform more parallel routing. It can help communicate change so that everybody is notified right away when changes happen, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. It can also provide perfect traceability from the engineering authorization document and the engineering change notice all the way to the affected work in process. As a result, less time is spent on reconciliation processes that verify after the fact. Change is done as we go, ensuring that products as-built are equal to as-designed.
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