Software that shines a light on packaging’s ‘black hole’

Last time, I looked at what ‘lean’ is, and what it isn’t and how the packaging hall is usually a ‘black hole’ of data. Naturally if you can’t see something, you can’t measure it, which makes it pretty tricky to fix. Now I’ll cover exactly how you can shine some light on that black hole with integrating and networking software. 

Software to ‘see’

Integrating and networking your coding and labelling equipment (using software such as iDSnet Manager) is an excellent way to give you real-time visibility in the packaging area.

iDSnet Manager is an add-on module to Matthews’ iDSnet Enterprise software package, which is widely used by Australian manufacturers. Here’s a run down on what it does:

  • It networks all your coding, labelling and other peripheral devices (like barcode scanners, vision systems and so on) on a single line or across multiple lines to a central PC.
  • This gives you three things: two-way information flow, data captured in real time and increased automation. iDSnet Manager (the reporting tool) processes and displays all the data captured by iDSnet as reports, dashboards and scoreboards.
  • iDSnet Manager’s reports and dashboards have real-time information about active production, planned downtime, unplanned downtime and no-run time.
  • Charts show you the efficiency per time-block percentages, while graphs show the cumulative production count — even details such as product, run start time and the operator’s name. You can then integrate a split into “good count” and “reject count” via a vision system, capturing reject numbers and, importantly, the reason.

All these dashboards and reports help your managers to see product waste and unplanned downtime (so they can reduce or eliminate it); visualise it; and implement continuous improvement (easily find the source of issues and analyse the root cause).

On top of all that, iDSnet improves automation, eliminates coding and labelling errors, and allows you to “right-size” equipment and tooling (and let it be made readily movable and re-configurable). It also essentially eliminates set-up times and defects.

And all of this continuous improvement adds up to being leaner.

 

Mark Dingley

Mark Dingley

General Manager, Operations at Matthews Australasia
Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and heads operations at Matthews Australasia. With 18+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications. Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile
Mark Dingley

by Mark Dingley

Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and heads operations at Matthews Australasia. With 18+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications. Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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