Do you want to work faster on a work cell? Do you want to be able to include tens, hundreds or even thousands of similar parts in a work cell? Do you want to want to be able to see the results of changes before you actually make the changes. “Blah, blah, blah, we’ve heard this all before. The problem is that building a model of a work cell, with even 10 unique part’s takes way too long.
Well, that just changed. New model objects have been released to help you build work cells (or assembly cells) from start to finish in a couple of hours. I don’t mean that you could build a basic model. Think bigger, much bigger. You could build a work cell that 8 machines, 2 workers, 100 unique part types, each with different routings, setup time, processing time, etc. These comprehensive sections of models can be assembled to create work cells in a fraction of the time it took to do it the old fashion way.
New model objects allow real schedules to be “read in.” This read-in capability means that you can change the production schedule or even add completely new parts without having to change the model. In seconds you can see the effect running a past schedule or even a completely unique schedule and test the cell performance. This scheduling capability was once considered a “master class” function because it was difficult to perform. Now model objects provide you easy methods to accomplish the same thing. That’s serious process improvement!
Worker interactions with machine setups, batching, part loading, part unloading, inspection and machine down times were…well, lets just say…they were really hard. Not any more. Pre-built model objects are plug and play that can handle any number of unique part types. One model object that can handle 1000’s of unique part types, each with different batch sizes, setup times, load times, processing times, unload times and part inspection. Woof! That’s serious process improvement.
We haven’t even discussed complex routing. In a work cell containing unique routings for each part type, the model development becomes brutal.