FMUK has developed and automated many processes to maintain a stable, reliable and accurate production facility.
Processes that have been automated include:
Receiving and processing customer requirement forecasts.
Receiving and sequencing customer build orders and deliveries.
Generating supplier forecasts, manifests and kanban labels.
Internal parts replenishment for our robotic cells.
Our parts sequencing process involves our customer broadcasting electronic signals including all order details. We receive and validate these signals, then use the data to generate work instruction sheets (WIS) for each of our robotic cells.
The WIS are then scanned into our production equipment by the cell operators. The data in each WIS is used to automatically setup the cell for manufacturing each part in the sequence, whilst also providing build information such as part number and sequence number on screens at the front and rear of the cells for the operators. This information helps to ensure that the cell operators load the correct parts in to the cell, and package the completed product in the correct sequence.
Every part has rigorous quality checks performed on them prior to being packaged and shipped “Just in Time” and in sequence. At the point of shipping our system automatically generates part replenishment orders and self bill data for our finance department.
At FMUK we use SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), to monitor and control our equipment, whilst collecting accurate real time data. This data shows how our manufacturing and shipping processes are operating. This ensures that we are always in control of our processes, and aware of how our production facility is performing.
SCADA also automates processes, such as automatically instructing our logistics operators to deliver child parts to our robotic production cells when required and timing trailers on the dock.