“The problem of real-time localisation was a major subject raised during discussions with our customers, and it became increasingly urgent to be able to localise and track parts in the workhop.”
Those are the words of Christophe Mas, Brand Manager of WorkPLAN Solutions, explaining the thinking behind the most important enhancement in the latest release of the software. Reacting to customer comments that the optimisation of logistical flows is a major challenge for improving productivity, WorkPLAN 2019 R1 allows users to model their workshop, and to localise parts during the manufacturing process.
“This is done in real-time through activity time recordings or operator location declarations.”
WorkPLAN 2019 R1 continues the software’s general development by deploying increasingly efficient tools with direct links to other Vero Software applications, in response to the demand for a fully integrated digital channel, which regroups all communication and data processing tools.
As well as localising parts on the shop floor, the wide-ranging items of new and enhanced functionality in the project management software include a new generation interface with the WorkNC CAM system; automatic recovery of machining times through the machine connection; new graphic representation for project progression; and a new planning display available through touchscreen.
WorkNC-CAM interface: new generation
WorkPLAN 2019 R1 includes a new interface with the market-leading WorkNC CAM software. “A WorkPLAN task number can be readily associated directly in WorkNC. “In this way, when postprocessing the WorkNC program, information regarding the task number is transferred to the machine tool.
WorkNC customers were actually the driving force behind us developing this solution, which is why we wanted to offer them the possibility of optimising the supervision of their operational workflow, and the data exchange between the workshop and different departments.”
Also, machining times will be generated automatically by the machine tool itself, and transferred into WorkPLAN through a monitoring tool.
Machine connection: automatic recovery of machining times
WorkPLAN is easily adaptable, fully meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0. “As Industry 4.0 is no longer a desire, but a necessity, the latest release of the software automatically consolidates different data generated on the shopfloor, such as machine status; alarm codes; types of time spent, including adjustment, productive and non-productive; and consolidation of indicators such as OEE and GEE, offering users real time data interrogation in one single application.
New graphic representation: project progression
“Implementing planning software is a priority for most industrialists, and implies a certain discipline to obtain a clear and precise visual representation as a meaningful support for users,” says Christophe Mas. To give added value to that philosophy, WorkPLAN 2019 R1 integrates a new project process graphic representation as a standard feature, and is based on the current project summary. “Users can consult how their project are progressing at any time, even directly from the home page.”
Planning display from the touchscreen
He says WorkPLAN’s integrated Planning module, along with dedicated workshop touchscreen licenses, have become key tools for users. “This is why we’ve introduced a new planning display, available via touchscreen licenses, allowing operators to display information either by project or resource.”
Other enhancements, at a glance, include:
- Customisation of compulsory input fields
- Estimation of sheet metal requirements, using Radan nesting.
- Improved negotiated component management (purchase/resale)
- Supplier contract management
- Comment field spell checking
- New Business Report analysis
- Risk Management improvements.
Concluding, Christophe Mas says: “Today’s manufacturing industry no longer wants tov use independent IT solutions. Our customers now demand a fully integrated digital channel which regroups all their communication and data processing tools. WorkPLAN 2019 R1 is the ideal project management software package to provide key information swiftly and accurately.”
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