Connect to your shopfloor

Now that you know how to graphically map your value stream, you will need to provide RM Studio with real-time information. There are many things that go on the floor, and much of the information is already digital such as machine status and even mobile robots moving products on the floor. Production is still centered around individual workers who load and unload machines or even perform manual labor, however. Therefore, RM Studio’s go-to method of input is the dashboard.

To get the dashboard view, simply navigate to app.rm.studio using a portable device and select a station from the list. You can also access a station’s dashboard by hovering your mouse over the station in map view.

The image below shows the Kanban view of the cut-and-sew manufacturing process that you have created in the first lecture as well as the dashboard view on an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Each dashboard only shows the lots that are available to work on at each station, no matter from which process. That is, if you have multiple processes that go through a specific station, you will see lot cards from both processes on your dashboard.

As in the Kanban view, workers have the ability to sort lots by date or filter lots. Unlike in the Kanban view, workers cannot delete lots, and only move them to the next station.

Kicking off a lot

You will be able to “kick-off” a lot from the first station in a process – here the printer – by pressing on “operations” in the top left (1). The resulting view (2) will show you all the lots that are in the order queue and allow you to select one to move into the first station of your process. Here, we select the “Facemask (Wolf)” order.

Instead of moving the entire lot, you can also select only a subset of the lot (3). Here, we select 37 items. This will create a new lot card that is now at the printer (4), and update the lot card in the order queue to contain only 63 items.

Moving a lot

Once a lot is completed, the dashboard can be used to move it to the next station. In this case, there are still two lots at the press (1). Selecting “Facemask (mouse)” allows us to move the lot to the next station (2). As when kicking off a lot, the dashboard allows you to select a quantity (3). Here, we move the entire lot to the laser cutter and only “Facemask (frog)” remains at the press (4).

Collecting custom reports

Dashboards can do more than just tracking your WIP. You can also create custom report buttons for each station that allow workers to report issues. These can be issues that you want to keep track of over weeks and months, for example to understand long term trends, as well as issues that need immediate attention.

Reports are available via the “report” button in the top right of each dashboard (1). Intially, there are no reports set up. Press “Add Report Button” allows you to create a custom button with label, a short description, and a custom color (3). The report button can then be retrieved by pressing the “report” button and pressing it will log the event in RM Studio. Pressing the edit button allows renaming and removing report buttons.

Summary

You are now able to collect real-time information from your factory floor anywhere where humans are involved. Keep reading to learn how to create custom lots, integrate with your existing ERP, and mobile robots.