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Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics

This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by an Aerospace parts manufacturer in order to introduce
full-accountability into their assembly processes. The MES/MOM delivered “integrity of process” by providing a control system which managed all aspects of the assembly process; and created a closed-loop of accountability, delivering the desired results every-single-time.

A critical aspect to the achievement of their goal was the management of a new assembly line workforce.
The true test of the dependability on the MES/MOM system was it empowered operators with little to no experience to build sophisticated electronic components to the highest quality standards. It is also noteworthy that the MES/MOM was able to be integrated and operational in a very short time frame in less than four (4) days.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • PINpoint Information Systems Inc.
    Lean manufacturing is about eliminating waste, reducing cost, improving efficiency, and quality: PINpoint Information Systems takes you there. Working alongside and pushed-forward by leading manufacturers, we've been championing "Continuous Improvement" since 1997. We are a leading manufacturing execution system (MES) / manufacturing operations management (MOM) software developer.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Heavy Vehicle
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CUSTOMER
  • Aerospace OEM Electronics Supplier to Boeing
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Cellular
    Ethernet
  • SOLUTION
  • The quick integration and configuration of the plant floor management system was possible given the turn-key nature of the MES/MOM software, which is accessible from any web browser on any computer, tablet or Smartphone. The client was extremely relieved and impressed when they saw the system installed and operational within four (4) days, i.e. an inexperienced workforce was producing high-quality ‘safety critical’ parts within a week.

    The solution was to scale-up the proven MES/MOM system in order to ensure plant-wide error-proofing in all processes on the assembly lines, be it by tool or device, or human. The manufacturing execution system contributed to an over-all paradigm shift by introducing a culture of ‘full-accountability’ into the customer’s manufacturing operations.

    "…PINpoint taught us what accountability of process really means, the financial value of that and how to maximize the benefit of the assembly equipment we already owned."
    ~ Aerospace OEM Supplier

    The Aerospace manufacturer was able to use the MES/MOM to configure the communications presented to assembly line workers in a way most meaningful to them, with easy to understand paperless work instructions including pictures, graphics, and videos demonstrating the tasks they are to perform. Line workers were guided step-by-step, with the MES/MOM verifying each and every step for conformity.
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Workforce was enabled by MES system to quickly produce quality electronics.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
    Error-proofing maximized.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Manufacturing optimization by way of PINpoint 'Production Analytics' feature (manufacturing intelligence).
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1
    4 days only to implement manufacturing execution system; with inexperienced workers trained and being guided by the MES system to build quality parts by day 5.
    Benefit #2
    Customer was able to optimize processes (cycle time) further using Production Analytics software.
  • USE CASES
  • Manufacturing System Automation
    Manufacturing system automation integrates software and machinery so that manufacturing processes are run autonomously through computer programming. The goal of manufacturing system automation is to minimize the amount of human assistance needed in the manufacturing process. These systems provide constant feedback loops and adjust controlling parameteres in response to feedback from PLCs and smart sensors installed on machinery. Sensors are commonly embedded in new equipment or can be installed on legacy equipment. Automation has been achieved by various means including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic devices and computers, usually in combination. The benefit of automation includes a reduction of costs related to labor, electricity, water, gas, and scrap, as well as improvements to quality, accuracy, and precision. Manufacturing system automation can also reduce changeovertimes, thereby enabling small batch size production and mass customization.
  • SOFTWARE
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