Modern Shop Floor Data Capture And Sharing

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Good Evening,

I am looking to seek advice on modern data capture methods.

We are looking at the most effective way of capturing transactional based data on the shop floor whilst using cloud based services to give access to the business data such as drawings etc.

I am planning to install multiple computer / laptops with scanners etc but wondering it there are new ways of performing these actions or just take the traditional route to shop floor deployment. Tablets have been considered but screen size limits these. Idea is to scan barcode and it bring up drawings that can be spun around, measured etc etc.

Any broad steer would be welcome

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Richard
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Richard,

What ERP and/or PLM system are you using?

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It is Microsoft Business Central having to present information to the floor via its own screens, SharePoint and design files.

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Richard Egginton
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OK, well, D365 BC has numerous shop floor 3rd party solutions for data collection.  Which have you investigated?  Do you need assistance?

And, having done ERP implementations for, mostly, manufacturing companies for 7 odd years of my life, I understand your concerns about tablets.  However, I would still suggest that “hardened” type tablets are the way to go as far as hardware as those are the only things that MIGHT survive long enough to not be a complete money-pit��.

Finally, in terms of the reverse of data collection, being data display, have you considered meeting room type projectors and screens?  I suggest this based upon the above noted (hard-won!) experience because:

  1. You can hang the projectors from the shop ceiling at a height that will keep them, mostly, out of harm’s way
  2. You get a large image size which is easy for the shop personnel to be able to see without having to spend a lot of time tapping away at a touch screen and trying to zoom and move around and so on.
  3. So long as you have a decently robust wireless in the shop it is easy for different people using the toughened tablets to be able to connect to the different projectors as needed (consecutively, obviously) to be able to view different aspects of drawings and documents
  4. While the screens will get dirty and need to be replaced on some sort of regular schedule, the cost of a screen is likely to be pretty manageable as I assume you wouldn’t be looking for cinema quality screens (or projectors for that matter!)

 

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We have and have chosen on of the app source tools , but it mainly the shop floor devices we are looking at to see what would be best to present data – typically it was just machines in cabinets on the floor but was wondering if things had moved on to touchscreen displays / tablets etc etc

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Richard Egginton
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