It must be possible to call up the location and production status of each lite at all times. For this you need a PDC (plant data collection) system with lite tracing / tracking. Only with well-organized PDC with barcode registration and clear production screens can lites be traced continuously (tracking), identified with certainty, their sequence changed, responses to customer inquiries about production status provided reliably, etc. And only then will the sight of workers re-measuring lites and carrying them from one A rack to another and back with furrowed brow be largely a thing of the past. This results in completely new possibilities, which have an immediate effect on your production:
Example for IGU manufacturers: Modern, complex lite construction requires workers have clear visual information because it's expensive if a lite is installed incorrectly in an IG unit and even more expensive if a production mistake is delivered this way! Comprehensive PDC combined with clear production monitors increases security, displays coating positions, and references edges reliably for workers on the IG line.
Example of bad lites: In case of breakage or damage, it is possible to use PDC to identify the bad lites quickly and with certainty. Since everything is networked, setting up a functional breakage pool is child's play. For example, the broken lite is 'read broken' at the appropriate workstation, the lite data is transferred in real time to cutting, and incorporated into the ongoing or next possible optimization. Generally, the remake can still be delivered with the intended route, or at least soon thereafter. This is how you can increase delivery reliability and customer satisfaction.
Thomas Knott, IT manager at Glas Schöninger:
"A+W Barcode Tracking has taken our entire production organization to a new performance level. Only with it are we in a position to truly organize ourselves efficiently without long information paths, complicated inquiries, and time-consuming remakes. Previously, an employee frequently had to search racks for hours in order to find a sheet if he was not sure whether or not it had been produced yet. Today, he looks it up in the system and that's all."
Precisely in shipping, where finished products from the various departments and various IG lines are combined and must be loaded correctly, identification and registration via barcode reading is enormously helpful. Since all PDC information is reported back to the commercial system, the employees in order processing can always provide customers with an answer to the question "where’s my lite?" by using just the order number or other identifying data. Modern scanning systems with smart devices as end user devices, such as the A+W Smart Companion, make scanning easier in production and the warehouse, while also offering infoterminal functionality.