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Transparency: A New Age In Manufacturing

In this age of automated shopfloor-data collection and delivery, there’s no reason for metalforming-plant managers to not know exactly what’s going on at their production lines—anytime, anywhere. The ability to collect real-time statistics from equipment allows metalformers to leverage modernized information-technology systems as the foundation of a data-quality program. Then, they can use the collected data to help govern the dozens of critical decisions made by shop managers, day in and day out, to ensure the optimization of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

The end goal, as always, is to meet or exceed quality and delivery expectations of customers and—most importantly—optimize efficiency and profitability. Think “garbage in, garbage out,” as the phrase relates to computer programming, and apply the theories to building a quality metalforming operation. Case in point: The data-quality program in place at precision metal stamper and tool-and-die shop Wiegel Tool Works (WTW), in Wood Dale, IL.

Continue reading at: MetalForming Magazine