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New Software Tells Managers What's Really Happening On the Factory Floor

Managing the factory floor just got a little easier with the announcement of FACTVIEW, a new set of browser-based "windows into the factory" as an enhancement to FACTIVITY's software functionality. FACTIVITY produces Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) that provide paperless manufacturing solutions for the factory floor.

A part of the company's newest release of its Shop Floor Workbench software, FACTVIEW enables a user-friendly reading of factory floor activities in real-time through a manager's laptop or mobile device.

"With FACTVIEW, managers have access to machine, order, part and employee information from any device with a browser in their factory," said John Cleaver, FACTIVITY's lead developer on the project. "Need to know who is working now? What they worked on today? What the status of an order for the customer you are talking to is? These are all things you can see in seconds with FACTVIEW."

With this kind of portable access, FACTVIEW will enable floor supervisors to be mobile but still have connectivity in real-time. The software enables managers to view measurements such as employee daily activity, paperless dispatching of jobs, part/job work-in-process status, and machine performance showing the classic overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) measurements of:

Quality problems of scrap versus good product produced at each work station

In addition to real-time, up-to-the-minute information about current factory floor activities, FACTIVITY also provides a historical set of metrics and KPIs (key performance indicators) in spreadsheet form. FACTVIEW also features:

"One trick to making FACTVIEW successful, was making sure the software worked with all commonly used browsers," said Cleaver. FACTVIEW is supported on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer version 7 and newer.

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