An Open Approach to Factory Information Systems


Lowe, Frederick E.   (1986, ASQC)   Concert Corporation, Miamisburg, OH

40th Annual Quality Congress, May 1986, Anaheim, CA    Vol. 40    No. 0
QICID: 3191    May 1986    pp. 274-279
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Article Abstract

A. Perspective on the Plant EnvironmentAs an introduction, we will examine the organizational bias against quality and how this can effect the motivation of the production worker.Justification of a Quality Data Base1. What is a quality data base?2. What Punctuality does it provide?3. Why is it necessary? Discussions of benefits and potential payback.4. The long and short term impact on establishing a factory information system.Networking Technology1. Discussion will be given to MAP, AT&T's ISN, Ethernet; their status, availability, and application;2. We will review the critical issues involved with tying available information sources together as a starting point in developing the beginnings of an information system.The Information BaseHere we will profile the characteristics of an information base. We will explain "WHY" data must be accessible at three levels (real time, in-time and historical). Why it needs to be flexible to permit configuration of the data and why it is critical that the information base be easy to use by different responsibility levels within the plant.Distributed TechnologyWe will discuss the issues of cost, functionality, flexibility, redundancy, and the merging of different vendor's technologies. The challenges associated with using current computer networking technology to develop a distributed information network focuses on putting adequate computing power where it is required, the staging and access of information.Further Application to the Factory FloorOther plant information systems that can work off of a quality information system - Machine Monitoring, Assembly Tracking and Control, Intelligent Device Support, Resource Scheduling, In-Process Inventory, etc. Their application and benefits.SummaryQuality is the logical starting place to implement and overall open-ended factory information system. WHY? Because it can produce immediate benefits; lower scrap rates, better quality products, improved production efficiency, etc. Once this is established you can then add the next level of information. This sytematic approach to implementing an information system provides a long term, cost effective, flexible solution to the problems of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.



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