Efficient communication in the shop floor and beyond
An efficient exchange of information between shop floor, foremen, maintenance and other departments is essential for smooth daily production operations. For this purpose, MPDV presents the new application HYDRA Messaging Services.
In the past, often a "quick" phone call was made to let someone know that something was not running as scheduled in the shop floor, or the issue was shouted across the hall. The benefit of integrating production-related communication into the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) HYDRA is that this information can now also be documented in the MES. This allows an easier understanding of faults during the procedure and process optimization - especially at interfaces to neighboring departments and at shift changeover.
HYDRA Messaging Services
The new application enables the creation of messages and also shows their history. The user can respond to messages and forward them. Important notifications are shown in a pop-up window in the HYDRA office client or are especially marked in the shop floor and on mobile devices. In addition, the information can also be sent as an e-mail, for example, in order to reach those colleagues that do not work with HYDRA regularly.
Real life examples
Two scenarios from everyday processes in production illustrate the use of HYDRA Messaging Services:
The worker is operating several machines. One of the machine fails. The worker sends a message to the maintenance technician using HYDRA Messaging Services, who receives this message with his mobile HYDRA client. The worker also sends a message to the foreman saying that the fault is only temporary and that production should pick back up in about 10 minutes.
In another situation, the foreman notices that a machine has to run somewhat slower for the current material in order to prevent malfunctions. Because the logged-on operation must continue running during the next shift, he sends the information to the shop floor terminals of the relevant machine and also to the foreman of the next shift.