In a perfect world, jobs would flow harmoniously across the shop floor with each machine cutting at full capacity and, most importantly, each job would be completed on time. But in the real world, there are always interruptions and delays greatly affecting production schedules. The typical delay could be something as simple as a lens change on a laser, or something as monumental as a blizzard that wreaks havoc on your production schedule. In any scenario, it is important that manufacturers have the flexibility to respond quickly to the situation.
SigmaNEST® Load Manager™ adds flexibility: the new word in shop floor scheduling
SigmaNEST® Load Manager™ allows production needs to be quickly assessed and waiting jobs to be rerouted to any compatible and available machine if necessary. Load Manager graphically displays nested jobs in a color-coded scheduling queue providing the program number, material type and thickness, designated machine, and estimated run-time. A change in the schedule is as simple as using your mouse to drag a job from one machine to another.
SigmaNEST Load Manager removes production bottlenecks by allowing jobs to be quickly reassigned to open machines with a simple drag-and-drop functionality
Because machines are combined in common machine groups this allows production management to quickly assign or reassign jobs to any machine in that group. At the same time, the program alerts users to scheduling conflicts and past-due jobs.
To add even more benefit, Load Manger works directly with SigmaNest® Color Offload™ to provide the schedule directly to your operators so they know which jobs to cut and in what order. As jobs are started and stopped on the production floor, Load Manager is updated so that one can see which program(s) are running, and observe any delays and bottlenecks. This allows looming problems to be identified and rectified before they affect delivery schedules.
Fabricators who employ parts nesting and work-orders should seriously consider current shop floor activity and investigate the impact that flexible scheduling will have on productivity. Obviously, such responsiveness will have an immediate and sustained impact on throughput and profitability. But like any new technology, Load Manager is a better fit for some manufacturing environments than others. “Load Manager is best suited for schedule-driven manufacturers eager to embrace new tools,” explained SigmaTEK Services Manager, John Leuzinger. “The technology delivers results in cases where maximizing speed and productivity are important to management and machine operators.”
Are you interested to see how much SigmaNEST Load Manager will improve your company’s productivity and profitability? Learn more by contacting SigmaTEK’s Monty Brown at email@example.com or 513-500-4267.