New manufacturing execution system for continuous casting
FloorMES E9 is a hands-on tool for supervising and planning precast floor production. The automated system enhances hollow-core slab production significantly. It optimizes and balances the production plan and schedules. In addition, the system monitors the work process and compares it to the original plan.
The main objectives of the system are smooth, continuous production, and, as a result, and low operational costs.
– An uninterrupted casting process is key to our customers, says Jarkko Salmensivu, Automation & Software Product Director at Elematic.
– Accurate production and machinery data enables corrections to possible deviations before any bottlenecks occur. Automated routines for production planning and monitoring help to improve productivity. This, in turn, improves business.
Replacing piles of paper
Automatic monitoring is not typically done in hollow-core production, so the new execution system has a lot to offer in the field. Elematic developed the new software in active cooperation with precast factories.
– We noticed that our customers tried to carry out production planning by using stopwatches and notebooks to improve production efficiency. This, combined with the rapid advance of technologies, inspired us to do our bit and develop a system that would automate the time-consuming planning and analysis processes, Salmensivu says.
Production planning will no longer mean manual work and piles of paper. Automation will accelerate the use of resources and the factories can make the most of what they have.
Hands-on tool for production supervisors
The FloorMES E9 manufacturing execution system is a hands-on tool for production supervisors. The new system offers one single point of access to planning and monitoring precast floor production with an easy-to-use graphical user interface. Automatic key planning functions, and the possibility to make manual adjustments if needed, make production planning easy and fast. Extensive up-to-date status information about the production is easily available, and because the production history is automatically stored, it can easily be used for further process improvement.
Automatic nesting places hollow-core slabs in the casting beds optimally, and the system improves the processes and reduces strand waste. The centrally controlled system also ensures efficient control over the production machinery in the factory. Moreover, fluctuations in production that consist of elements with different difficulty levels can be evened out.
FloorMES E9 is currently in piloting phase and will be available from September 2016 onwards.
Marketing Manager, Elematic Oyj