What are the reasons to deal with the topic of production control?
The better the interaction within the PPS system and the underlying IT system, the more likely it is that production downtimes and dissatisfied customers with the resulting costs or loss of image can be avoided. Therefore, the goal should be to design the planning and control processes in such a way that they are adaptable and a fast response time is possible.
Improving response times is possible primarily through real-time data connectivity and processing of data in KPI dashboards. Sensors are used to record data from machines, workpieces and the warehouse. For machines, for example, the temperature, vibrations, noise, energy consumption and speed can be recorded. The changes in production parameters (exceeding or falling below a defined corridor), downtimes or quality problems are quickly detected and can be addressed by taking measures to solve the problems.
It is not only the production processes that need to be proactively controlled and monitored. Intralogistics must also be set up appropriately by making decisions about batch sizes and the flexibility available. In the future, companies want to avoid rigid structures in production in order to meet market demands for agility.
e.g. this can be seen in flexible cell production in the automotive industry. Instead of relying on the inflexible assembly line, car manufacturers increasingly want to rely on flexible cell production in the future. In this process, the car body is no longer transported by rigid conveyors, but in a highly flexible manner with the aid of automated guided vehicles.
Optimization of these processes and the appropriate level of automation or digitalization for your company must be at the top of the priority list. It is important, on the one hand, to make the planning and control process as efficient as possible and, on the other hand, to rely on transparent and digitally networked processes.