Kusatsu Factory Improves Productivity Based on Objective Data
Sysmac NJ SQL Client - Big Data Drives Productivity Gains
Our Kusatsu factory needed to identify and assess continuous improvement projects with solid data in addition to anecdotal reports from plant-floor operators. The factory adopted an easy-to-use solution that enables real-time tracing of a product through all the manufacturing processes, and provides visualization to analyze where improvements can be made. The combination of Sysmac NJ SQL Client and Microsoft Big Data software with an Excel front end has helped the factory reduce resources needed to identify and implement production improvements.
“Innovation in manufacturing is ultimately improvement of productivity,” says Masaru Takeuchi, Automation Systems Division HQ Senior General Manager of Omron. “The experience and intuition of experts take a major role in improvement activities at production sites, but the improvement points that the experts cannot identify are hidden in the bottlenecks which hinder production efficiency. In order to overcome such situations and promote further improvements, we needed objective data.”