At Contour we work digital to keep track of the 85.000 production operations which are scheduled each year. Using tablets and wireless barcode scanners, the progress of each production order and purchase receipt is logged. Using this data, we can easily locate products in our warehouses and production processes.
Every department is equipped with tailor made real-time dashboards. These are big flat screens on which all the operation steps which need to be finished are showed. The dashboards are tailored to the specific needs of each department. For instance, at the powder coating lines, the colors are visually displayed in the work order list. In the bending department, the dashboard shows for which exact press brakes CNC programs are available.
When we need to expedite an order, our planner can instantly highlight the relevant work orders on all dashboards throughout our factory. These orders are then sorted first, and are marked with a special color. Every department then knows which operation to schedule next.
If a planned work order operation cannot be started, the reason is displayed on the dashboard. For instance when a required material is unavailable, or a previous operation has not been finished yet. This way we can quickly see what needs to be arranged for the work orders to be executed according to schedule.