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How Touchscreens Can Motivate Assembly Line Workers to Do Quality Work

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 How Touchscreens Can Motivate Assembly Line Workers to Do Quality Work - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Customer
About The Customer
UTC Aerospace / Boeing 787
The Challenge

When UTC Aerospace required a solution to manage assembly line workers with no previous manufacturing experience, it decided to try something new that set a precedent for its future manufacturing operations management (MOM) strategy.

The Solution

Using manufacturing software from PINpoint Information Systems that features situational awareness graphics on plant floor touchscreens, the manufacturer was able to train an unskilled workforce to build safety critical electronics without defects, which actually helped ramp up production within days, said UTC Aerospace. With the software monitoring and controlling the hundreds of process steps needed to build the products, problems and defects could not go unchecked so error-proofing was maximized.

Data Collected
Process Parameters, Process Procedure, Instructions
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Integration]
    Quick integration of software on the plant network, followed by a rapid ramp up of production all within 5 days. Assembly line work station operators and line area supervisors are guided by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to perform process steps, such as fastening operations, correctly within the MES software's configured parameters; and on time (within cycle time / Takt).
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
    Assembly line error-proofing is maximized since the MES provides invaluable Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) in the form of manufacturing reports created from all historical data, or in real-time via the Performance Dashboard website that reports OEE on-the-fly and is accessible from any computer or wireless device from the cloud.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Rapid MES intigration with production starting and ramping up quickly  within 5 days. Assembly line workers who had no previous experience in the assembly of electronic motor controllers (safety critical parts) for the Boeing 787 dreamliner were guided to do so within days, with no defects, and within Takt time.

  • "PINpoint taught us what accountability of process really means, the financial value of that and how to maximize the benefit of the assembly equipment we already owned."
    - UTC Aerospace Systems

  • Maximized product quality, and increased assembly line efficiency overall. Short return on investment (ROI) payback time within 1 year.

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