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FACTS ON OPEN AUTOMATION
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OPEN AUTOMATION WHITE PAPER
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ASM IMPACT release summer 2022
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Our focused SMT topics

FACTS ON OPEN AUTOMATION
Next livestream: August, 31, 9:00 CET
More information


OPEN AUTOMATION WHITE PAPER
You can find our comprehensive guide for your automation plans here


ASM IMPACT release summer 2022
All highlights of our latest innovations can be found here here

WORKS – Smart Shopfloor Management Suite

Today’s production processes are characterized by high degrees of individuality and diversity. No two production sites are alike. The same applies to the teams that organize and optimize the production and keep the lines running. That’s why the WORKS shop floor management suite strives to make their work easier and enables them to design and manage their workflows in a way that gets the most out of your production lines.

WORKS from a role-based perspective

Different fields of activity have different requirements for software-supported process control and optimization. WORKS has a smart solution for this: All programs use the same data and support the seamless exchange of information. At the same time, the software ensures that role-based functions are supported as well.

Hint: By pressing on the tabs you will find detailed information.

  • Production Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Planner
  • Process Engineer
  • Material Logistics
  • IT Operations Manager

The production manager has processes, costs, and equipment under control

The production manager ensures cost-effective production by introducing the right equipment and processes. He/She decides which effort will be made for a product and plans its efficient production, all while keeping a constant eye on costs ranging from the raw materials to the labor effort during the production to shipping. To do this, he/she must transparently communicate the operation’s compliance with the cost frameworks at all times.

On many production lines, determining the most important performance indicators is still a slow, cumbersome, and error-prone process with tools such as the MES, Power BI, Excel sheets, or reports in PowerPoint or PDF formats. With WORKS, the production manager can keep an eye on workflows such as Monitoring, Operations, and Integration at all times.

The production supervisor ensures maximum quality and efficiency

The production supervisor keeps an eye on the entire production and ensures that all processes operate smoothly and efficiently. To do this, he/she organizes and monitors workflows and employees. His/Her overarching goals are quality and profitability. He/She permanently improves daily operations and minimizes costs. Workflows that are particularly important for the Production Supervisor are Planning, Preparation, Operations, and Monitoring.

Which task should I do next? Whom can I call when something unforeseen happens? What was the cause of the machine shutdown last week? The production supervisor and his/her employees ask themselves questions like these again and again. In many factories, they still operate with whiteboards, flip charts, Excel sheets, or collaboration tools such as SharePoint. The bottom line: lots of effort, many potential sources of errors, and little clarity.

With WORKS, questions like the ones listed above are answered quickly and efficiently – with little effort, from a single launch pad, and based on clear and comprehensive displays.

The production planner coordinates and allocates resources

The production planner coordinates the production workflows for single or multiple products. He/She plans and prioritizes the production steps, guarantees maximum performance, and avoids delays. He/She allocates manpower, equipment, and raw materials in accordance with the production requirements.

Planning tasks such as the daily organization of the SMT lines and the timing of setup changeovers still cause a lot of unnecessary effort. In many cases, the wheel is invented again and again when similar products must be set up because the regular person in charge is on vacation or not available for other reasons. Complex Excel sheets, manually obtaining data from the MES and even advanced planning systems (APS) don’t make this any easier.

Not so with WORKS. It makes it possible to automate most of the planning process so that the important workflows Planning, Preparation, Operations and Material Management are always under control, thus minimizing costs and maximizing benefits.

The process engineer develops, coordinates, and optimizes

The process engineer takes care of ongoing processes in electronics manufacturing, ranging from ordering to production start-up to certification. He/She assesses processes, interprets data, and takes appropriate measures. Based on this, he/she designs, tests, and operates systems and processes and takes care of upgrades and enhancements.

What happens, however, when a process gets out of control? Are the right analytical and decision-making tools available? Does the company have time to get involved in experiments? In most cases, the answer is “no”, especially if the company still depends on PLM software, long and confusing Excel lists or even printouts, or manually collected machine data. On most shop floors, it is still extremely difficult and time-consuming to determine the exact causes of malfunctions and take the right measures.

WORKS helps the process engineer to automate the processes of important workflows such as Programming, Operations, Optimization, and Monitoring. He/She not only saves time but benefits from comprehensive data collection and analysis.

The material logistics manager ensures supply

As the person in charge of the procurement and storage of components and consumables in electronics manufacturing, the material logistics manager is responsible for the entire supply chain. He/She ensures that the flow of materials to the production never stops.

Unfortunately, the MES has probably never automatically told him/her where certain components are physically located or generated unique component IDs. Questions also arise as to whether the machines automatically order new material when the existing supply is about to run out, or whether material is automatically presorted and delivered from the warehouse to the setup preparation area. While MES and ERP systems can do a lot, they almost never go into this level of detail.

WORKS controls and automates all these logistics processes for the material logistics manager and his/her team based on the workflows Material Management, Planning, Preparation, and Integration.

The IT operations manager ensures the network’s functional reliability

The IT operations manager monitors the network infrastructure and takes immediate action when a problem occurs. Experiences in performance management, network administration and system security, he/she ensures that all IT systems in electronics production are secure and run reliably at all times.

The large number of different interfaces on the shop floor continues to cause occasional connection problems – for example, when certain areas require an upgrade. Proprietary interfaces pose the greatest obstacle to efficient operation. In its Integration workflow, WORKS ensures seamless communication with its standardized Operations Information Broker (OIB) so that all important data is available and accessible at all times.

WORKS from a workflow-based perspective

No two electronics factories are alike, but there are eight general workflows that describe their production processes. Based on these workflows, users can identify the WORKS components that are relevant for them and combine them into the individual application packages.

Best-in-class solutions

As the industry’s technology leader, ASMPT offers a broad portfolio of best-in-class products. Our solutions stand out with their perfect interaction of hardware, software and service components – powerful, smart, and ready to raise your production to a new level.

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