Most manufacturing environments fit into one of four production process types. Including mass production, batch production, continuous flow and one-off production. Below we will look at all the four production process types and how you can apply Evocon to monitor these processes.
Is Evocon able to monitor my production process?
To assess whether Evocon is suitable for your production process, you can think in terms of automation. The more automated your production is, the easier it is to apply Evocon to track your OEE and downtime. Conversely, if your process is mostly manual, then Evocon is probably not the best solution for you.
According to Investopedia, mass production is the manufacture of large quantities of standardised products. Also, it is characterised by some type of mechanisation. Such as an assembly line, to achieve high volume, detailed organisation of materials flow, careful control of quality standards and division of labour.
Mass production is one of the production process types that suits the Evocon system best and where gains are quick to realise. To monitor OEE in mass production, you can use all of the production signal registering options that we described above. The final choice may vary depending on the specifics, but before you start to use Evocon, we will help you determine the right course of action.
Batch production is a process in which components or goods are produced in groups and not in a continuous stream. This process type is widespread among companies who use Evocon.
As with mass production, then to monitor batch production, Evocon can apply all the different production signal registering options described above. Therefore the final choice depends on the industry where you are operating and what machines you are using.
According to Wikipedia, continuous production is a flow production method used to manufacture, produce, or process materials without interruption. Furthermore, continuous production is called a continuous process or a continuous flow process because the materials, either dry bulk or fluids that are being processed are continuously in motion, undergoing chemical reactions or subject to mechanical or heat treatment.
Continuous flow process is in most cases slightly complex and to get accurate data about OEE and downtime you need to apply control signals.
Most noteworthy use case examples of Evocon in this area is fertiliser production and extrusion of pipes.
Finally, there is one-off production or sometimes called job production, which involves producing small batches of products or single items. Typical examples of this are large metal objects (e.g. ship parts), modular houses or manually assembled items.
This type of production is not very common among Evocon users. Nonetheless, we have experience with OEE tracking in such processes. A typical method to collect production signals in this kind of production process is to use a push button. Another option is to use a sensor at a dedicated location (on a table or conveyor). It is a good option if operators always place finished products at a certain place. This enables Evocon to automatically register quantities and display accurate OEE information.
For example, if the operator completes a task, he pushes a button which connects to our device. By using the signal conversion method we can define if this signal represents one product, or if it represents a certain amount of working time. As with previous production process types, the final choice comes down to your specific needs.
Finding what is right for you
So no matter what type of production process you have, you can always contact our team, and we will help you find the best possible solution based on your exact needs. Also, we will let you know if our system is not the best option for you.
To better understand what methods we use to automate data collection in different production processes, you can follow this article: “How Evocon monitors different production process types?”