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    Methodology for Digitally Logging and Analyzing Manufacturing Issues Encountered on a Factory Floor

    (Received 28 August 2019; accepted 16 December 2019)

    Published Online: 13 February 2020

    CODEN: SSMSCY

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    Abstract

    In recent years, manufacturing industries have moved toward smart manufacturing to improve efficiency and production levels. Part of this innovation of current processes includes digitizing information and improving access to machine information, which can be achieved through the introduction of new technology to assist with this transition. In order to maintain smooth processes, a variety of information sources must be available on the factory floor. This project aims to provide a proof of concept tool for digitization and access to production information, available on the factory floor during Pulse Walks. Additionally, this project will introduce a method of digitally storing issues discussed during the Pulse Walk, aiding identification of recurrent issues and problematic areas. The research in this article considers the development of an application operating as a digital information hub to carry out these functions. The methodology used to develop this tool is discussed, including observations of the Pulse Walk and a survey to determine the most useful information sources to include. The use cases for this tool are deliberated, and benefits are identified. The tool can assist with tracking recurring problems by using previously logged issues to create a historical database. The issue logging dashboard can be used for investigating reasons for machine downtime. Furthermore, this tool aims to improve production efficiency for a manufacturing line in a factory through issue tracking using the digitized issue log.

    Author Information:

    Duffy, Annie
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork,

    Bruton, Ken
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork,

    Harrington, Richard
    DePuy Synthes, Ringaskiddy, Cork,

    Brem, Alexander
    Department of Manufacturing, Biomedical and Facilities Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork,

    O’Sullivan, Dominic
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork,


    Stock #: SSMS20190030

    ISSN: 2520-6478

    DOI: 10.1520/SSMS20190030

    Author Annie Duffy, Ken Bruton, Richard Harrington, Alexander Brem, Dominic O’Sullivan
    Title Methodology for Digitally Logging and Analyzing Manufacturing Issues Encountered on a Factory Floor
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E60