The module, enabled by the company’s Predix operating system for the Industrial Internet, works with existing systems to provide true visibility into where work orders are in the manufacturing plant, increasing schedule adherence and lowering working capital. It features a modern look and feel that is easily and quickly deployed from the Predix cloud. The module is particularly valuable to companies in the heavy industrial space where cycle times are longer, assembly space on the plant floor is widely dispersed, and raw materials more expensive. With increased material visibility, managers can ensure the right material is available to the manufacturing process at the right time and in the right place. Order tracking and material movement management keep indirect labor costs low, while reducing clutter on the shop floor for future orders. Manufacturers are able to better meet promised schedules and provide “tracking” information so they know exactly when to expect their order to be completed. The software tracks production and service processes through work orders, which are created in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and an operational route through the shop floor, which is imported from the customer's manufacturing execution system (MES). Once the work order is created and the required materials are available, work center operators can begin the operations listed on the work order to build or repair the specified parts.
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