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Machine Monitoring with PiQ

The PiQ Machine Monitoring System allows you to see the current status of all workstations in the company in real time, from anywhere using a connected device.  The following images provide a glance at the system in operation:

In list view, you can see each machine’s status, indicated by a color code and detailed in the status column.  You can also see how long the machine has been in the current status.  For example, in the above image you can see that machine 13 has been online for 11.5 hours, while machine 23 is setting up for the 594158-B job and Fred has been working on it for 4 hours.

Going a little deeper, you can look at the reporting tab and see the status for each machine for the current day.  In the following example, we’re viewing the report at 11:45 am and the shop floor has been in production since 7:00 am.

Machine 13 has been online since the shop opened, and machine 23 was online for the first 30 minutes, before it was put into setup.

You can also glance back at yesterday’s production:

You can quickly see that machine 13 was running from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm yesterday, then went into setup and maintenance mode.  It was producing for 32% of the open shop hours.

Machine 23 was in maintenance most of the day yesterday, and went back online at 9:00 pm.

You also have full access to all of the machine monitoring history, in a convenient table that allows you to filter the data in any way you want, and then provides that information to you in a comma delimited file, ready for analysis in any spreadsheet or reporting tool!

The Machine Monitoring System is ready for installation on your shop floor with no equipment needed other than a web-enabled device for viewing and input.  All of the statuses and color codes are established in your setup and customized to your environment.

With PiQ, you get all of this (in addition to the order, shipping, production and material management) with no startup cost and a small monthly fee!  Try it yourself in the demo (login: guest, password: guest) and see how PiQ can put you in touch with your machine status, no matter where you are.


The PiQ Dashboard: Part Status Inquiry

As an introduction to one of the core features of PiQ, I’d like to guide you through an everyday scenario:  A customer calls to check on the status of their order.

You’ve received a call from your customer, the purchasing agent at ABC Company, inquiring about their part number w3mm.   They’ve experienced a sudden increase in demand from their customer, and they’re getting low on material.

Before your customer has finished his query, you have the full status displayed on your PiQ dashboard.  (You may click on the image to expand it in another tab.)

Note that for the purposes of this example, today’s date is May 31. The first thing you see is that the June 7 order has already had one shipment against it, perhaps as a result of your customer calling the week before, asking for a partial shipment to replenish their dwindling supply.

You also note that you have 26,000 parts on hand, and that you’re in  good shape to complete the June 7 order on time.

If you’re concerned about the accuracy of the 26K parts you have in stock.  You can quickly glance at the information panel to see when that stock was last verified.  You see that the inventory was audited earlier today.

You confidently communicate to your customer that you are on target to complete their order on time, and that you have some parts you can ship immediately if they are in need.

Next, he asks if you can move up the next order to June 14 to keep them in stock!

You see that the next order date is June 24.  That would require removing 10 days from your lead time to meet his requirements.

You’re easily on pace to meet the June 24 ship date, so let’s take a look at the data to see if June 14 is possible.

You can see that it only requires 6,543 parts per day to make the 24th order date, and you’ve been producing at the rate of 76% utilization and 12,672 parts per day over the last several days.  It’s pretty clear that you can make the 14th ship date, especially if we push that machine utilization rate up a little higher.

Go ahead, tell your customer you can make the order 10 days earlier.  They’ll be delighted, and you will have answered all of their questions without having to call them back, without leaving your desk, and without even leaving the dashboard.

Let’s go to order entry and modify the order date for the second order.  All you need to do is pull up the existing order and click on the date:

And now refresh the dashboard, and you’ll see that the status is updated.

Given our current production rate, we are now in the yellow zone for the second order.  This is manageable, especially because your entire shop floor is immediately up-to-date and can see the customer requirements in real time.

In fact, you may want to bring a little extra attention to the changes to make sure everyone understands their priorities.  Go to the Part Alerts tab, and let’s enter a message for them.

And there it is, in big red letters at the top of the screen!  This is how PiQ puts everyone on the same page, and gives each employee the information they need to meet customer requirements.

Want to give it a try?  Go to the demo and login as username: guest and password: guest to try it yourself!

Machine Monitoring on PiQ

PiQ offers a fully online Machine Monitoring System

We are happy to announce the release of the Machine Monitoring System module of PiQ!  The Machine Monitoring System (aka Workstation Monitoring) is included in the standard PiQ subscription, presenting an excellent opportunity to improve productivity and visibility into your manufacturing processes.

Machine monitoring allows you to see the status of every production center in your facility in real time, from anywhere, with a web-enabled device.  You can see what’s running, what’s not running, and why.  You can also view detailed history of uptime / downtime status for every production center in your facility.

Check out the demo to see how the system works, and use the contact form  or the support forum if you have any questions.  Ready to get started?  Sign up today!

PiQ is Live!

We are proud to announce that PiQ is Live and Online!

PiQ is a platform to manage production in small to medium sized manufacturing companies, and you can put it to work for you today!

You can learn more about PiQ by working with the live Demo.

if you have questions, contact us using the form, or post a question in the Support Forum.

Going Live Soon!

PiQ will be live soon. For the time being, you can try the demo as we continue putting the finishing touches on it. Feel free to add or edit the demo records as you wish. We reset the database nightly, so your changes will only stay in place for the day.

Follow our Guide to add one of your own parts to see how PiQ will help you manage your production!

The Support Forum is online, register there to ask questions about the demo.

Use the Contact Form to be notified when PiQ is ready to build your own system.