Automating Shop Floor Manufacturing Operations

ASC Shop Floor Enterprise

ASC Shop Floor Main Features:

  • Flexible deployment options - PC, tablet, mobile device, or industrial shop floor terminals
  • Fully integrated auto-ID technologies for verification
  • Supports both discreet and process types for work cell manufacturing
  • Fully integrated with the ASCTrac ® WMS distribution and manufacturing system
  • Ideal shop floor solution for pharma, medical devices, food and beverage, automotive, etc.
  • Detailed tracking of lots, serial numbers, and expiration dates for very important traceability
  • Trace warranty and repairs history for the complete life cycle of serialized products (both components and finished goods)

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To manufacture goods today, you have to track and manage all of your manufacturing resources to stay competitive. These resources could include raw materials (components), finished goods, quality control processes, and labor (or labor teams.) In some cases, the challenge is not just a competitive situation, but a mission critical operation. The management team needs information in a real time mode to plan for all events.

Tracking and managing these resources, as well as forecasting and scheduling resources, can be a daunting task in a dynamic manufacturing environment. However, successful manufacturing companies do track and manage all of their resources to determine exact costs of raw materials and labor, to insure their manufacturing processes are working properly, and to reduce scrap costs. The ultimate goal is to reduce costs and to manufacture a quality-built product that is competitively priced. Other important goals would be to meet or exceed any compliance standards and be able to prove it.

At the operations level, successful companies must be able to track lot and serial numbers (both consumed and produced), track actual labor consumption (and total paid time), support multiple plant sites, perform required QC checks, and do this without adding extensive manual processes or overhead. In some cases, they must also be able to support traceability and compliance standards as directed by regulatory agencies (such as FDA, NDC, DEA, etc.)

At the manufacturing work cell level, these processes must be repeatable and propagated throughout all of the work cells in a multi-plant or distributed global environment. Global companies may even have off-site manufacturers to provide a special function (or entire assembly process) and need to track the goods through that step.


ASCTrac ® Shop Floor Solution:

ASC's ASCTrac ® Shop Floor Module solves these resource tracking and managing problems for successful companies. We even support the off-site manufacturing work cells for manufacturers in a global environment.

Typical industries with work cell manufacturing using the ASCTrac ® Shop Floor Module are manufacturers of food and beverage products, pharmaceutical (including narcotics items), automotive, consumer goods, and medical device products.

In addition, one of our unique features is that our solution is designed for both process and discreet manufacturing, and these can be mixed depending upon the item or assembly.

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Benefits of Using ASC's Shop Floor Module:

  • Supports both discreet and process types for work cell manufacturing
  • Fully integrated with the ASCTrac ® distribution and manufacturing system
  • Track actual components and component lots consumed per each work cell (pharma grade)
  • Track finished goods lot traceability (pharma grade)
  • Track serial numbered components to finished serial numbered devices (such as automotive or medical devices)
  • Track labor costs, scrap costs, and total run times per work cell
  • Eliminate the manual processes of data entry into forms or other manual processes
  • ASC has years of experience in shop floor manufacturing to assist you
  • Flexible deployment types to best suit your needs: web, tablet, PC, mobile devices, or industrial shop floor terminals
  • Fully integrated auto-ID technologies to verify items
  • Fully audited transactions, and fully reportable via user-defined reports for proof of execution
  • Multipath work cells on production lines are supported
  • Off-site production work cells are supported

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ASC recommends the use of the industrial device, Motorola tablet (ET1) for use with the ASC Shop Floor Module. Used by managers or fixed mount at the work cell station, it is completely wireless, so no LAN cables are needed at the stations. Industrial strength, gorilla touch screen, long life cycle, bar code scanning, and totally portable if needed just in case your layout or configuration of your work cells change. This is especially important if you have off-site work cells.

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Summary:

Our warehouse, manufacturing, and eBusiness solutions have been field proven in consumer goods manufacturers, 3PL warehouses, food and beverage (dairy) manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturing and epedigree, electronics manufacturers, route delivery/pickup companies, financial institutions, paper goods manufacturers, automotive manufacturing, healthcare industry, and warehouse of all sizes and distinctions.

For companies that require robust "off-the-shelf" Warehouse Management Solutions that provide dynamic functionality and performance, then ASCTrac ® is the answer. And, it's very affordable.

Continually enhanced since 1989, ASCTrac ® WMS was designed from the ground up as a complete Warehouse Management System (WMS) and it has a proven track record over the past twenty years.

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