GE Digital (NYSE:GE) announced the availability of the latest version of its MES software, Production Manager, a powerful software solution for complex discrete manufacturing environments. Production Manager addresses important manufacturing execution technology issues where existing plant floor IT systems are inconsistent across plants and, therefore, managers can’t re-use configurations, leverage expertise, or lower overall MES costs. The software completely digitizes paper-based processes so companies can increase production output per person, reduce reporting and administration, decrease defects and material required, and ensure up-to-date routes and work instructions.
Formerly called Proficy for Manufacturing Discrete (PfMD), GE’s new Production Manager is a Discrete MES system that manages all aspects of production. It is adaptable to multiple manufacturing environments ranging from the production of long-cycle, complex products engineered to order, to discrete products being configured to order.
“Many companies face issues of efficiency and yield,” said Matthew Wells, Vice President of Digital Product Management for GE Digital. “Production Manager has been developed in GE’s own manufacturing businesses where we addressed these issues. It incorporates our best manufacturing practices, high-performance technologies and more than 25 years of MES expertise.”
Key features include:
Route Management- Obtain from or deliver to enterprise level systems route definitions. Provides the definition, operations and detailed steps associated with the routes.
Order Dispatch- Prioritize jobs for operators to work on and release jobs into the dispatch process.
Personnel and Machine Qualification Management- Ability to configure the qualifications and/or certification levels of equipment and personnel to ensure the right people and/or equipment can perform the operations (i.e. executing the jobs).
Labor Tracking (Clock On/Off)- Track labor for cost accounting purposes, which includes using production labor standards downloaded from PLM/ERP solutions such as takt, set up and cycle times.
Work Instructions- Define manufacturing instructions to execute a job. These instructions can include workflow based process steps and/or supporting documents.
Document Management- Manage the documents utilized within the production process. Capabilities include the creation, modification, and revision control of the documents.
CNC Integration (Predator)- Upload CNC documents from Predator into our MES. Allows operator to select document and push program to CNC machine.
Flexible and extendable Web Based UI– The Operator Interface allows for customization in a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) interface.
By digitizing work processes, Production Manager enables the entire manufacturing workforce, including operators, production supervisors, manufacturing engineers and quality engineers to produce products faster, more efficiently, and consistently. And, it has been designed to handle environments where more than 100,000 routes, hundreds of thousands of documents, and tens of thousands of quality specs are required to support products being produced.
At one of GE Aviation’s manufacturing plants, Production Manager has helped to increase productivity by 1.95% through data-driven process optimization.
Flexible and easy route change management ensures operators are working on highest priority tasks to optimize production. Decrease rework/defects due to unqualified operators helps manufactures to understand true manufacturing labor costs on orders. Increased labor efficiency with up-to date work instructions helps reduce administrative tasks due to digitized documents.
“Ultimately, the value of Production Manager is reduced labor and material cost, and improved contribution margins and on-time delivery,” continued Wells. “These allow all manufacturers to stay competitive today and ensure success tomorrow.”