Process Intelligence, in essential words, would mean converting the normal conventional manufacturing to intelligent production. However, some call this process an automation technique to collect data from the enterprise. None of these can be considered out of scope, for they all serve the same purpose: digitizing the old-schooled process to improve workflow quality.
Process Intel similarly, focuses on the aspects of quality measure control to deliver optimum satisfaction. It follows the traditional method of manufacturing and digitalizes it. It is divided into various checkpoints and features. The segments contain several options, from inspection plans on inspection lots to sensors and reporting. Without further ado, let’s dive into the components of Process Intel.
Any company’s products are screened through an inspection process that concentrates on a checklist that defining the products’ quality, the event for inspection, and the plant where the assessment will occur. Inspection plans are created differently for various phases of the Manufacturing process. An inspection plan for procurement of the product is completely different from the one for manufacturing or pre-delivery inspection. Any material, whether it’s raw, semi-finished, or finished, must be checked based on various “quality check” points, which are divided into other “steps”. These steps include the areas for inspection of the product, which may consist of appearance, performance, dimensions, strength, etc. Sufficient information about the examination makes it easier to backtrack the inspection initiation and reach the root cause if needed. Visual and audio files are also used as evidence for the readings and reports. The system can also trigger threshold-based actions upon special conditions being met.
Every inspection plan is followed with formality. Individually inspection lot is comprised of a blend of materials, the plant at which the products are being held and events when the inspection plan is assigned for the lot. The lots are distinguished from one another based on a few unique identifications like tracking numbers, reference number, and batch number. A lot can be created either manually through a web browser, extracted from an excel file, or integrated through an external system. The created lots can be assigned to specific inspectors, and inspectors will use the mobile application to execute inspections on those lots. Inspection lots reports are created based on pre-defined inspection plans. Users can use the same inspection plan on various lots with different batch sizes.
Since Process Intel is a sister company to NIOTFY, it is equipped with a flawless network of sensors and gateways that can be provided for integration upon request. The sensors work on the standard connectivity criteria. All the sensors for the system will be easily installed and managed through a dashboard. The reading from a sensor will trigger an alert or notification that will be sent to the designated user.
To avoid the chances or errors in the data, the input by the machine, and humanly entered is cross-checked thoroughly. In the case of any defects in the procedure, a root cause analysis is performed, to narrow down the area of the problem, and identify the exact problem in the system. The system uses Quality Issue Management standards for the root cause analysis. Process Intel follows advanced QIM methods like Fishbone, 5Y, and FMEA. The inspection lot reports and tables will be generated in real-time for a detailed analysis of the progress. Users can download the graphical or tabular reports for offline use in the form of Excel spreadsheets.
Another added function to the Process Intel system is the use of “Forms”. Forms are used to extract information about specific activities. General forms, as the name suggests, are used to gather any broad information regarding employees or workflow. The system also pushes “Flow Forms” that are devised to keep track of the work being done and procure additional information about the machinery or the environment at any step.
Users can enter data in real-time, both online and offline, where the inserted information will be saved and synchronized upon connectivity to the internet. A mobile application has also been introduced that facilitates the users. The user-friendly application features a list-based selection dashboard. The app will also feature a reference pointer that the inspector can use to highlight any critical note or information with attached media evidence to increase the overall visibility of the process.
“Watches” is another essential and powerful feature of Process Intel. Team leads can intimate members about any upcoming event, training, or even policy change. Sharing of relevant updates or announcements amongst the team members can also be done. Descriptive instructions, media attachments, two-way commenting, and “acknowledgment” can be incorporated to use the feature to its fullest.
Ultimately, Process Intel minimizes the chances of errors and thoroughly maximizes process efficiency to attain the highest standards of quality and control.
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