Mitsubishi Electric Automation is making it simpler for small- to medium-sized factories to realize the benefits of an Andon system, with the introduction of iQ Monozukuri Andon. The cost-effective Andon package facilitates visualization of production sites using Mitsubishi Electric’s GOT2000 graphic operation terminal and a web browser. iQ Monozukuri Andon offers pre-engineered project data and software to quickly and easily implement and operate an Andon system.
“Because Andon systems usually require extensive time and effort to implement, they’re not usually available to small- and medium-sized manufacturers,” says Lee Cheung, product marketing engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “The new iQ Monozukuri Andon solution fills a need among small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies to visualize information from the production floor and share the information with factory workers, production managers, and maintenance personnel without the cost and time normally associated with implementing an Andon system.”
iQ Monozukuri Andon allows factory personnel and management to:
• Solve issues of process management and information distribution in the production site
• Improve productivity by sharing information between workers
• Visualize production from a remote location
• Display production plans and bulletin boards without Andon technical knowledge
By implementing the iQ Monozukuri Andon system, stakeholders within the factory can visualize the production status. It allows production managers to monitor the production status remotely and adjust the production plan accordingly. They can also set up announcements for changeovers.
When a problem occurs on the factory floor, factory workers can notify supervisors and maintenance staff without stepping away from the production line. Using a connected mobile device, supervisors and maintenance personnel can visualize the problem remotely and quickly determine how to respond.
iQ Monozukuri Andon is expected to be especially useful in electrical and electronics industries because of their short production cycles and frequent changeovers. “We also anticipate iQ Monozukuri Andon will be beneficial to small- to medium-sized automotive parts manufacturers because of their need to visualize uptime status, production status and information on equipment and alarms,” Cheung says.