The highly automated production is controlled by A+W Cantor with a comprehensive barcode-supported software system in production and shipping. Here, "paperless production" is just one aspect meaning no employee searches for anything, the elements are only transported automatically. Each action creates value.
This is only possible if machine technology, the buffer and transport system, and the controlling EDP systems, work hand-in-hand and are optimally attuned to one another. Siems, the machine manufacturers ROTOX and Lemuth, and the software partner A+W Cantor have proven that they can cooperate closely from the beginning planning stages.
The highly complex software control defines whether the ROTOX transport systems send the windows to the quick or standard line or to the manual workstations. "The IT system," explains Jens Hulshof, Area Sales Manager for ROTOX, "ensures that workstations where employees with a lot of experience work are fed more complex elements, while a new employee receives the simpler elements with standard processing to work on."
Monitors and scanners replace stacks of paper and folders; elements are identified, registered, and reported ready via barcode reading. The precise information needed is displayed on A+W Cantor CIM screens at manual workstations meaning that the production flow is constant and smooth.
Of course, A+W Cantor CIM works seamlessly with A+W Cantor Enterprise, the commercial-administrative part of this comprehensive information technical solution. Here, information, such as control instructions for the CNC machines, production, and status reports for the order system, are exchanged in real time.
Thanks to this completely networked system, Siems provides its customers with an information system they can use to check the status of an order in process or an item by themselves at any time. "A+W Cantor is a system with an open database," explains Karl-Wilhelm Siems. "This enables our IT team to make modifications and develop additional functions that are important to us. For a company that actively controls its processes, there is no better system in administration and production. We have been working with A+W Cantor for fourteen years and we have never regretted it for a second."