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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has announced a number of Quickstart use cases for Proficy Workflow, powered by Proficy SOA.

Proficy Workflow helps companies to quickly decrease production costs through lean work processes and exception management.

Greg Millinger, product general manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, said: ‘With Proficy Workflow, manufacturers can reduce the variation in performance, cost, quality and brand protection, achieving a new level of operational excellence.’ As a work process management software system, Proficy Workflow enables power users and domain specialists to digitise manual and automated processes with one tool, capturing process, traceability and quality data across systems to reduce errors, waste and delays.

Companies can manage by exception, orchestrate production and achieve event-based, data-driven results.

Built on the Proficy SOA platform, Proficy Workflow is also third-party extensible and enables composite solutions, enhancing the value of existing MES, HMI and ERP systems.

One Quickstart use case for Proficy Workflow is electronic work instructions or standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Guiding operators through step-by-step instructions, this use case ensures that production complies with defined processes through validated entry.

Users can capture both automated and manual data entry.

In addition, they can digitise and enforce compliance with policy manuals and SOPs.

Through this use case, Proficy Workflow can reduce errors and costs of compliance.

Proficy Workflow also helps production teams find and eliminate waste faster and easier by making sure best practices become standard practice.

This use case focuses on electronically and interactively managing work processes and compliance by guiding operators through standard work, ensuring proper completion of all work process steps.

Teams can graphically map work processes and existing SOPs.

In addition, the software facilitates analysing processes to develop best practices for continuous improvement and quickly deploying and monitoring them.

Operators can walk through the steps to set up a machine or recipe and companies can verify proper machine setup, prior to raw materials usage.

Companies can control setup processes regardless of the level of traditional automation and independent of automation.

Teams can record operator input, validated equipment calibrations and batches/lots.

Proficy Workflow decreases: costs of machine changeovers and errors; downtime associated with equipment setup; and inventory through less waste.

Companies increase efficiency and quality through faster and better production setup, agility for changing production and sustainability of production processes, according to the company.

Another use case is as a virtual trainer – the expertise of the best operators can be digitised in a form that all operators can use.

With Proficy Workflow, companies can provide new operators with instructionally sound training and the ability to practise production tasks and SOPs before actually operating equipment and using materials.

Teams can electronically capture knowledge from expert workers due to retire and embed the expertise in training materials before attrition affects plants.

By automatically triggering non-conformance workflows, companies can better manage – and take steps to prevent and minimise – quarantines and recalls.

Proficy Workflow coordinates the activities of production, quality and management.

On the plant floor, the software guides operators through supplemental testing, inspecting, rework and re-dispositioning.

Teams can automatically bracket product batches/lots suspected of sharing a quality problem, then manage and track the process of testing and assessing bracketed product for conformance and then releasing, splitting, rejecting or reworking.

This use case decreases costs by reducing: product waste/scrap; time and costs associated with manual record keeping; shipping delays by driving the fastest resolution; and risk by enforcing non-conformance SOPs.

In addition, companies can react immediately to alarms and process exceptions with best-practice corrective action and exception management.

This use case allows companies to automatically and dynamically respond to production problems and events, monitoring alarms and out-of-spec conditions from multiple systems.

Users can send tasks to people or systems to correct problems in real time and escalate as needed.

Companies can minimise nuisance alarms and ensure proper action on critical alarms.

Additionally, users can track QA data in real time and automatically adjust work processes to conform to specs.

Companies can take corrective action on an event-triggered basis, adjusting processes on an as-needed basis only.

Furthermore, they can record exceptions and corrective actions for compliance audits and the continuous improvement of processes.

Proficy Workflow is designed to turn any operator into an expert, decreasing costs by reducing waste, labour, downtime through faster response and risk through automatic remediation or escalation.

Troubleshooting Trees walk teams through production problems to determine root causes and solutions, therefore increasing uptime as well as compliance.

This use case involves repair of equipment as well as in-process products and materials.

In addition, companies can capture the knowledge base of expert workers, reducing the effects of attrition on the plant.

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