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Plastic Industry Forum - Converse with Plastics Processing Leaders / Equipment / Using technology & data on molding floor?
Posted:  12 Apr 2016 14:13
We are trying to decide 2 things:
(1)How to best implement/deploy interfaces press-side (Touch-Screen Monitor, IQMS RTStation, Tablet, Standard PC Monitor)?
(2)What information needs to be present at the press (process sheets, down-time, scrap, any data associated with job running)?

What have you found to be the most beneficial way to deploy the technology and what information is best to access, view, & enter at the press?

Thanks in advance for your input. Would be happy to discuss via phone if easier.

Proto Plastics, Inc.
Posted:  14 Apr 2016 19:26
We are currently exploring the expansion of our one shop floor PC to allow more real time data entry by operators and technicians.

At a previous organization, we gave this considerable thought and ended up with a 12" tablet located at central locations on the production floor (24 machines running in automatic with 3 operators), but the idea could easily be adapted to one per press.  Each tablet had RT monitoring, RT Labels, Downtime and Scrap entry functions.

When a changeover was approaching, we used the feature of print next workorder with labels so that the setup document and non dispo'd labels would be printed.  Tablets were also used to begin next setup when ready.  Separately, we utilized barcode scanners for RT Scan to Inventory and movement of product off the floor.

Depending on the nature of your production - i.e. how many and what type of people will be interacting with IQMS on the shop floor, the thing to consider is really the cost of the Apps vs. the shop floor licenses.  The durability, convenience, and low cost of a tablet made it attractive for us.  We also found the user interface very friendly.

Rob W. - Injection Works
Posted:  09 Aug 2016 16:05
We have 50 presses using IQMS R/T and are exploring using tablets as well on the floor.We have one set up and testing.

Charles A Sholtis
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