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Continuously improving

Continuous improvement

ProMISe helps realising a continuous improvement culture and lean working method that results in production optimization and cost reduction. On the work floor all kinds of downtime, like failures and disruptions, and its root cause are being registered and possible solutions can be suggested. Afterwards management analyzes the information and initiates improvement actions.

Continuous improvement in three steps with ProMISe:

1. Collecting information

2. Verifying the information

3. Analyses and improvement actions

Collecting info

Collecting information

Continuous improvement always starts with collecting information en identifying all the disruptions in the (production) process. The operators on the work floor notice and register the disruptions with its root cause in ProMISe. This can be done manually into the system, or quickly and easily using the ProMISe App, which can be provided with comments and photos. Make use of smart solutions, like sensors and PLCs, for automatic downtime registration and go Industry 4.0. When registering the operator can also state a used solution. When the same or comparable disruption occurs the system suggests the solutions used before. 


Verifying the information

The daily meeting is an important part where knowledge and experience are being applied and saved. Every day the (most important) registered downtime of the previous day is being reviewed and verified: were the correct location, root cause and solution registered? Besides that the logbook and action lists are also discussed. Relevant employees attend these daily meetings, like the (production) manager, head of technical service, team leader, etc. With their expertise and experience they judge the registrations and adjust it where needed before confirming them. It is possible to give feedback to the operator who registered the downtime. The next time he logs into ProMISe the first thing he gets is his feedback. He will have to read it first before he can continue in ProMISe. This way the knowledge is being shared and saved in ProMISe. It also creates more involved employees when you also give positive feedback.


Analyses and improvement actions

After a period of collecting information by downtime registration, this information can be analyzed using simple but powerful analysis tools. The OEE module quickly shows how effective the organisation operates and where the most improvement potential lies. The powerful analysis tools easily track down the biggest root causes of your downtime. Different graphs based on different parameters can be made to the smallest details and different time frames: Pareto analyses, trend analyses and predictions based on the existing data. This can be done periodically.

The manager sees which (machine)part of production causes the most downtime, or has a failure most often. This way he can figure out what the real problem is. The real problem does not have to be technical, like damaged parts, but can also be internal logistics, for example. When figured out what the real problems are, the manager can make choices to replace or change something. The PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) principle is being used here. If there is no trend break after replacement or change, then you need to find out why that is.


Improvement culture

ProMISe offers a holistic approach and solution. Many disruptions are of technical nature. However, at most companies the real losses are because of bad internal logistics, communication or other internal problems. ProMISe does not only tackle the technical problems. It helps improving throughout the whole process and makes sure everyone works with the same mindset. In short: creating an improvement culture in the company.