WHAT IS APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0?

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 integrates the following applications developed by Itemsa into a single software: Itemsa:

1.1. APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Work Analysis

Comprehensive management software and standardisation of processes, methods and times

The most efficient software solution for optimising the procedures used in Manufacturing and Process Engineering, as well as in Work Analysis departments:

Simplify weeks of work in just one click

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 allows you to:

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 offers a series of tools, assistants and templates for the comprehensive management of your company's processes.

It is perfect for organising work. It allows you to manage a library and distribute tasks. It tells you how things should be done and how they should occur sequentially.

Each task, whose execution time is calculated in our software by a stopwatch, MTM (MTM-1, MTM-2, MTM-UAS, MTM-SD, ...) or by predetermined time tables created by the user, is perfectly defined through:

for the preparation of work cycles (interaction of people and machines for calculating cycle times, required production, saturation of people, use of machines, etc.),

With APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 you can dedicate more time analysing and continuously improving productivity

Our software allows you to specify how a specific task is to be performed with images and texts. In this way, the operator receives visual and educational work instructions.

Among many other additional features, it also lets you associate a certain task with the materials that are consumed. For example, for an operation consisting of 5 phases, you can even connect to the ERP and obtain the entire product structure (Bill of Materials - BOM) for said operation, indicating in which phase each of the components is consumed.

The functions of APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 are not limited to a single area, but collaborate transversely with several departments.

With the aim of optimising processes to benefit competitiveness (AMFE and Control Plan), APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 also works at the service of the quality department, provided that the process engineering technology does so too.

The closest thing you will find in the market is the advice our team can provide

1.2. APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Static Line Balancing

Software for designing workload balancing.

Static Line Balancing

What is the best way to distribute tasks among operators and/or the positions or workstations?

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Static Line Balancing determines the tasks that must be executed at a specific time, in a position or at a specific station, and distributes the work among the operators:

Improve efficiency, multiply productivity

The integration of APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 BALANCING with all other applications allows us to offer the best tool that exists on the market for balancing.

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 ensures optimal balancing of the line or cell so that the flow is continuous and uniform; it tries to guarantee the speed of the process, improve productivity, and reduce waiting times and operating costs.

Our workload balancing tool is agile, open and able to adapt work cycles to different business needs:

Single-Product Line Balancing (Batches)

Each product has a specific line configuration.

When the production of a model has finished and you want to make another, you may need an increased or decreased number of workstations, different components, or the cycle may need to be shorter or longer because the new model has a smaller or greater workload.

Orders are usually grouped until a minimum production volume for a specific model is obtained, and then the line, the people and the materials are prepared in order to manufacture it during certain hours with a specific cycle.

Multi-Product Line Balancing (Mix)

Line balancing with mixed models is characterised by having several ranges of the same product being assembled or manufactured in a combined and alternating way. Not all models that go through the line are the same and not all have the same workload. Average saturation is needed.

The different products enter the line according to demand; that is, depending on how they are sold.

This type of assembly line is typical in the automotive sector.

Manufacturing or Assembly Cell Balancing

Manufacturing or assembly cells are composed of a series of workstations or machines, where specific tasks are processed with cycle times or process times that are difficult to divide up and therefore have different workloads. To balance them, operators need to move among the various positions of the cell.

You therefore need to have different simulations of task distribution based on the precise production volumes at any given time.

This concept provides huge flexibility since it can produce different production volumes in the same cell, depending on the number of people who join it, without the need for configuration changes.

Multi-Operator Station Balancing

These are assembly lines that have work cycles (Takt Time) with different times or even work shifts.

These types of lines are formed by a series of workstations that carry out various operations that are previously assigned depending on the machinery, tools or materials.

During the duration of a work cycle (for example, 7 hours), different specialised workers go in and out of the stations in a variety of tasks. Thus, at the end of the Takt, all the tasks assigned to each of the workstations must have been carried out in order to move the product on to the next station.

The idea is to synchronise the tasks among people and stations to guarantee work organisation (process progress and saturation of people) during every hour that the product is in each of them.

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 is a flexible factory in your hands. Because it allows you to anticipate and simulate as many scenarios as you need

1.3. APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Dynamic Line Balancing (EQUDIN-MES)

Reduce wasted time.
Improve OEE and increase efficiency.

Dynamic Line Balancing

With this APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 module, you can know how the work is progressing, based on the status of each operation so that, if necessary, you can take the appropriate corrective measures in real time.

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Dynamic Line Balancing (EQUDIN-MES) helps you to know what is going on at all times.

Because it develops a system for controlling the work sequence that lets you know (at any time and from a visual colour code) if an operation is running, delayed, running but delayed, at risk of delay, interrupted, etc.

When an operator enters the system they can:

The supervisor can access the same screen, but this time it is also enabled to:

View a problem.

Before it becomes a hindrance to production.

With APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Dynamic Line Balancing (EQUDIN-MES), you can always know what is happening in real time. It allows you to tackle a problem or a risk by adding a new task or passing that action from one operator, station or time to another.

You can reschedule in real time (Dynamic Balancing) what was planned out by engineering (Static Balancing). Because you have graphic and visual information (operator by operator) about "What should be happening?" vs. "What is happening?"

And then, all of this information is very easy to report.

In short, you will always know the status of the situation and, if necessary, you can:

With APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 you can dedicate more time analysing and continuously improving productivity

1.4. APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 Processes - APP for iPAD for iPad

With our APP, you can carry out the method and time studies directly in the factory.

The APP allows you to collect all the data in the plant and saves you from having to manually re-enter that information into APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0.

Conversely, if you do a stopwatch or an MTM analysis with paper and pen, you will lose time when uploading the data to the computer.

With our APP, you can pour all of your energy into the analysis phase of the studies and into improving productivity

1.5. APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 - Competitiveness KPIs and Incentives Manager

With this application it is possible to obtain the best possible results for your Company, as well as to adequately reward those who have participated in the achievement of these results that exceed the expected standards.

Tool for the accurate management of the Indicators that are established as more adequate to quantify the evolution of the Company and for the convenient management of the incentives that are intended to assign those who have actively collaborated in achieving the best possible global results.

APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 - Competitiveness KPIs and Incentives Manager allows you to manage the Plant based on the efficient management of KPIs that are established as more appropriate and, if desired, reward staff with part of the savings achieved directly and exclusively by such better results.

With APPRODUCTIVITY 4.0 - Competitiveness KPIs and Incentives Manager, you get the best possible global results with your available resources!

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