Digital Workflow

Need to ensure the manufacturing process is strictly followed? Need an electronic batch record as evidence?

Typically in batch processes, work instructions detail how the process should be executed. For example: add ingredients, mix for a duration, bring up to a temperature, takes samples for testing, and so on. You need to know the process was followed and you need evidence to support it. Use this module of Shopfloor-Online to:

  • Design a workflow to define the manufacturing process in the MES software
  • Make operators follow the process steps
  • Capture everything that happens during the execution of the process, e.g. process temperatures being achieved, material lots being recorded and so on
  • Create an electronic batch record (EBR)
  • Job Tracking – to track the batch production
  • InventoryTraceability – Consumption, Build Traceability – to capture inventory related transactions in the workflow
  • Quality – to capture quality checks and results in the workflow
  • Process Parameters – to capture process data in the workflow

Features:

Create your workflow

  • Define the master batch recipe: design a flowchart representing a manufacturing process
  • Include decisions to branch the logic in the flowcharts 
  • Work at three hierarchical levels: Operations, Phases, and Actions
  • Use hundreds of standard Shopfloor-Online transactions (called APIs) for example: consume material, capture comments, capture values from OPC (like process parameters) to perform Actions

Manage change

  • Manage workflows through a strict check-in/release process
  • Approve changes with electronic signatures

Execution

  • Provide on-screen instructions to the operator
  • Capture the operator confirmation of each step with signatures
  • Interface to equipment e.g. scales to weigh materials
  • Capture lot numbers for traceability
  • Interact with the plant equipment
  • Handle exceptions by creating branches in the flowcharts
  • Choose to drive the workflow with process parameters 

Create the Electronic Batch Records (EBR)

  • The EBR report brings back everything that happened on the production run, for example, material lots consumed, quality checks, exceptions, process data, signatures.
  • Speed up production release by reviewing the electronic batch record

Benefits

  • Control the process – ensure the business process is followed correctly
  • Avoid customizations – create complex custom logic for the process without resorting to making coding changes in MES
  • Capture the Manufacturing record – automatically capture the record of manufacturing as each action is performed in the Workflow
  • Improve effectiveness – efficient Product Release process
  • Manage by exception – easily report exceptions that occurred in the process