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Latest articles on Adaptive Process Execution
We changed our brand from cioplenu to Operations1. Our goal is to support operational employees worldwide in their daily work! Therefore, we have decided to manage the software and our team under Operations1 to firmly anchor this ambition in our brand as well.
Nov 8, 2021
Buzzwords like Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory are on everyone's lips. Most manufacturing companies are already investing heavily in digitization. However, this often creates data silos and increases complexity for operational employees. Adaptive Process Execution Software helps to think holistically about the production process, to focus on the operational employee and to network the organization.
There are many reasons for opening a new production site or relocating production. What is always required, is to transfer existing knowledge to the new location as part of knowledge management. We show you how.
The HSSE area includes extensive guidelines and processes that require strict compliance. However, compliance auditing is often done in paper form. Adaptive Process Execution Software provides HSSE teams with a real alternative. We show how.
Companies strive to continuously improve their organizational structures, processes and operations. The basic principle of the "Continuous Improvement Process" is often used for this purpose. Process optimization can, for example, refer to increasing quality, reducing lead times or lowering costs.
Latest articles on digital work instructions and checklists
Efficient production has never been more difficult, especially when faced with the constant pressure to innovate quickly and deliver ever greater value to customers. Having the right information in the right place at the right time has never been more important. That's why digital assembly instructions, as opposed to their paper-based counterparts, play a critical role in today's manufacturing environment. Digital assembly instructions help manage increasing product complexity and make your employees' day-to-day work easier. Growing demands for product customization and shortening production cycles are among the biggest challenges in modern manufacturing. At the same time, quality control remains as important as ever, and sacrificing one for the other is neither sustainable nor profitable.
Feb 18, 2022
Writing work instructions is cumbersome. We understand that. But we would still like to take up the cudgels for them. Comprehensible step-by-step instructions not only help to carry out activities correctly. The creation of work instructions is an underestimated, value-adding process: processes are critically analyzed and further developed in the process. That's why we don't just want to give you tips on how to write really good work instructions. We will show you the potential that writing them holds for industrial companies. Read on to find out how you can leverage this potential. Or, jump straight to the content and style of the perfect work instruction.
Feb 3, 2022
In many companies work instructions are still provided on paper. Due to the increasing complexity of process documentation, this approach is inefficient and outdated. Version chaos and time expenditure are only two uneconomical consequences. We highlight four others.
The importance of high-quality work instructions is constantly increasing. In times of COVID-19, a shortage of skilled workers, small batch sizes and varied productions, a precise work instruction is the gold of the 21st century. Find out here how to create a professional work instruction and what you have to pay attention to.
Oct 18, 2021
Offering customers a wide range of variants will not be a differentiating feature in perspective, but a standard that must also be taken into account operationally in assembly processes, testing processes and other workflows. As the number of variants increases, a suitable data structure becomes more and more important.
The checklist in production helps to carry out various processes. It supports workers in the maintenance of machines, in the review of quality targets and in the incoming goods inspection. Read more on how to optimize your checklist creation.
As a specific form of inspection sheet, the check sheet is an established method for evaluating attributive inspections. The evaluation is based on the number of failures, since no measured values for defective parts are available with the static defect card. Read here how you can make the way from the excel check sheet to a powerful quality tool.
New employees are often not productive for weeks at the beginning, the training takes a lot of time and personnel resources. To ensure that employees are trained more quickly and can take on tasks independently at an earlier stage, training by means of integrated software is suitable. Self-learning in particular can help to bring employees on board more efficiently.
Every device, every machine and every system must be tested regularly: whether cordless screwdrivers, ventilation systems or complex production machines. In addition to accurate inspections, the documentation of the test results is also extremely relevant. Digital inspection protocols are the optimal basis for legally compliant documentation. Read more ...
Latest articles on operational processes
Manufacturing companies are increasingly confronted with a variety of challenges: external shocks such as pandemics, wars and global supply bottlenecks are forcing medium-sized companies in particular to become more agile. Internal market developments such as the shortage of skilled workers, an increasing demand for high product diversity, and shortened product life cycles add to the difficulty. The methods and tools of lean management are therefore more important than ever many years after they were first described. The good news: it is easier today than ever before to implement them.
Mar 28, 2022
Efficient and lean production processes not only save money. Companies can secure their long-term success by avoiding wasteful, non-value-adding activities. In contrast, paper-based work instructions and checklists are in stark conflict with lean working methods. Companies that want to increase their productivity and improve their product quality should banish paperwork on the shop floor in favor of software.
Mar 7, 2022
Operational excellence is no longer an option - for companies that want to survive in volatile, unsteady waters, there is no alternative. Numerous methods and instruments have developed around the management approach to support the achievement of objectives. Lean Management, Kaizen or Six Sigma are just a few examples. Another underestimated lever for achieving excellence goals is digitalization. We explain what operational excellence is and how you can take advantage of digitization to achieve excellence goals.
Feb 28, 2022
Machines and systems, but also building services installations, must be inspected and maintained at regular intervals to ensure that production operations run smoothly. Daily maintenance plans are an integral part of maintenance and must therefore be carefully attended to at all times.
Complete and careful documentation in the outgoing goods department is essential, because it protects you from high costs in the event of unjustified complaints. Learn how to achieve this with digital checklists and what should definitely be included in your outgoing goods checklists.
Responsibility for quality is increasingly being transferred to manufacturing departments. Nevertheless, worker self-inspection is a much-discussed topic – in addition to proponents, there are also critical voices.
Many manufacturing companies still use paper-based checklists in quality inspection. However, static inspection documentation poses several quality risks at once.
Even before Covid-19, a smooth exchange between two shifts was an integral part of production operations. Short-time work, home office or even changed production processes increase the need for seamless information transfer. Digital shift handover protocols create transparency and process reliability.
In many industrial companies, more and more frequently necessary retrofitting causes unproductive times for employees and production losses. Depending on the complexity of the changeover, this can take a correspondingly long time and be error-prone. Digital assistance platforms can provide support here. Learn how.
Latest articles on software and technology
Every company uses a range of software solutions to support and map its processes. Before introducing new software, companies are often faced with a decision: standard software vs. individual software?
Increase efficiency and transparency with digital assistance software and drive the digital transformation of your production in a sustainable and integrated way.
Due to increased requirements, customer wishes and increasing competition, there is more and more talk of worker assistance systems, worker information systems and worker guidance. This results in ever higher demands for production. The solution lies in providing the best possible technical support and accelerating all decisions and tasks during the product life cycle.