Go Paperless – Create the Digital Factory

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Is paper work an inseparable part of manufacturing?

Advanced manufacturing processes have always involved paper work traveling with the work order. However, manually logging production information and tracking route cards or printed reports is time consuming, prone to errors and is costly when dealing with vast amounts of data.

Question is: in the era of cloud computing and mobile aps, is it possible to digitize the factory allowing you to become much more efficient, centralize your data and run data queries and analytics?

It’s time to ditch the paper!

The digital revolution (aka Industry 4.0) is already here as more and more manufacturers use industrial IoT sensors to continuously gather and feed manufacturing information replacing much of the manual reporting. Additionally, when operators do require to log information, they use computers and mobile devices instead of papers to keep the information accurate and centralized.

So how do I do I(o)T?

New software solutions that involve both sophisticated software and IIoT-based sensors to store, track, and manage production progress and vital quality data will make tedious manual handling a thing of the past. Use technology that incorporates all relevant information, creating real time visibility as well as allowing to run analytics and reporting.

You can use this technology to create a ‘Digital Thread’, an integrated stream of digital data from the raw material to the finished part that makes information from the entire life cycle of the part’s manufacturing process accessible at any given time.

This would include information of raw materials, exposure times as well as full genealogy for each manufactured part. The digital thread means you are always ready for an audit, and can easily track back any part’s history should a defect occur during manufacturing.

Once you have a complete digital view, you will be able to make optimized decisions and bring your factory “into the future”.

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AI based hyper automation in manufacturing – here’s how it’s done in practice

Lean manufacturing is as relevant today as it ever was, but it is evolving. Meanwhile, digitalization is one of the most talked about trends in modern manufacturing, but in its goals – minimizing waste and maximizing productivity – it could be said to be an extension of Lean. In fact, at Plataine, we think that digitalizing your production line is only likely to be successful if all production line operators and managers think in terms of the Lean goals of waste minimization and productivity maximization. Before considering deploying a digital manufacturing solution, it’s vital to plan in advance. While the best solutions can be deployed with zero downtime, the process will still incur a significant cost both financially and in terms of training staff to use the new system. To lay the groundwork, you need to accurately calculate the ROI of your investment, and ensure that all stakeholders have bought into the concept. With full internal buy-in, the financial benefits are significant.

So how does it help my bottom line?

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Aerospace Composites: 6 Big Questions To Ask Before Onboarding Time Sensitive Material Management Software

The number of elements on a factory floor that might cause a particular efficiency or quality problem make it nearly impossible to pick out a single tool, process or condition as the culprit.

Due to supply chain disruptions (post-Covid), factories experience material shortage while logistics and procurement managers testify that material orders that used to be fulfilled in weeks now take months.

Many manufacturers are turning to Industry 4.0 software with AI-based algorithms, that’s tailor-made for aerospace composites, in order to deal with specific challenges.

Successfully reaching the Factory of the Future level with Industry 4.0 technologies, requires software to solve specific challenges that are part of the day to day work life in the Aerospace composites industry.
Here are the 6 key questions aerospace composites manufacturers should ask when selecting the optimal solution.

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