The Background Story
An established US-based manufacturing company, specializing in well-designed kitchen and bath faucets, has implemented MAWi across all its production floors. This move has allowed the company to optimize its manufacturing process and achieve greater efficiency.
The manufacturing company’s operations span across three different sites and include more than 80 production lines, with approximately 20 assembly workstations per line. To streamline its complex manufacturing processes, the company has implemented MAWi across all of its sites.
The production floor managers have to assign each worker with the product assembly design plan for each shift. On several occasions, those plans would change 3-5 times a day to handle manufacturing demands.
The company uses SAP as its ERP system and utilizes PTC’s ThingWorkx integration tool for extracting the products’ designs and assembly data from SAP. The integration tool exports a multi-page PDF file for each product, where each page contains a detailed assembly description.
To assign each worker their work plan for the day, production floor managers would print dozens of PDF files and distribute them accordingly.
Managing work plans across more than 80 dynamically-operated production lines was an extremely tedious and inefficient process, not to mention the excessive paper waste. The company was searching for a simple and straightforward solution to manage their work plans and display the necessary assembly plans on the corresponding workstations.