Visteons Use of Shoplogix Profiled in Manufacturing.net

By: Thomas Cutler

Manufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler profiled Shoplogix's Plantnode product in a detailed case study of Michigan-based Visteon. According to Cutler, "The Plantnode units are used in Visteon's plant floor machines to test the true efficiencies (and inefficiencies) of each machine. Rather than relying on the plant floor operator to report machine changes, production capacity or downtime, the small, cell-phone-sized Plantnode unit, implanted in each machine, tracks "real" utilization times. Now, the plant floor manager literally sees which machines (and operators) are working at target capacity.
Visteon was able to quickly see errors that were slowing down production and resolve them. To realize lean manufacturing principles, namely the elimination of waste, the ability to measure real-time shop floor data is essential. Unlike after-shift data guesses made by machine operators and shop floor managers, an intelligent embedded application that integrates with existing production equipment on the plant floor is one of the best methods for achieving accurate machine measurement data.
The complete article can be read in the May 2006 issue of Manufacturing.net, at (http://www.manufacturing.net/article/CA6329306.html).
ABOUT SHOPLOGIX
Shoplogix develops integrated web-based software solutions that optimize plant floor operations. Shoplogix solutions improve productivity, efficiency, and total operational performance by allowing companies to make real-time decisions that impact profitability while actively engaging employees in the process.

Shoplogix Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, with offices across North America. The company serves a growing base of Global 2000 companies to set new standards for production performance and efficiency in industrial environments.

PLANTNODE
Plantnode is a hybrid web-based software application designed on an open platform to integrate with existing production equipment, analyze real-time performance, and evaluate machine productivity. Plantnode's built-in intelligence goes beyond raw data collection to provide a fully integrated production and performance management application; differentiated by the ability to compare real-time data against planned estimates. Plantnode is proven to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and enables machine level visibility on a 24x7 basis with automatic escalations and interactive processes to drive higher levels of operational efficiency, quality, and performance.

PLANTNODE NETWORK
Plantnode Network is an enterprise web-based software application that consolidates and analyzes operational data for all Plantnode enabled equipment providing a complete and accurate view of production performance. Plantnode Network's distributed design provides true enterprise scalability to evaluate real-time performance on a plant-wide, multi-site, or global basis.

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