The Operator tools user interface is designed to easy use. It works well on a touch panel Windows PC and a laptop and a stationary Windows PC.

Overview

Header fields

There is space for up to six header fields. Configure in Office tools.

Field

Approved amount

Article name

Article number

Calculated end time

Machine connection

Operator

Order number

Ordered amount

Produced units

Scrapped amount

Shift

Velocity

Changing measure point

Top right in Operator tools you can switch between the various measure points.

The first time you start Operator tools on a PC you can select which measure points you want to be able to select. In Office tools you can add and remove measure points that you can select.

Measure point status

In the centre of Operator tools at the top, the current status of the measure point is shown. A measure point always has one of five statuses (Ok/uptime, stop, changeover, no active order, no schedule).

There is a detailed section on measure point status further below.

Operator tools pages and the menu system

The following pages are available in Operator tools.

Page

Product

Andon

Addon Andon

Production plan (order)

RS Production OEE, RS Production ACT

Production plan (article)

RS Production OEE, RS Production ACT

Article settings

RS Production OEE, RS Production ACT

Latest article

RS Production OEE, RS Production ACT

Downtime

RS Production OEE

Manual downtime

RS Production OEE

Latest stops

RS Production OEE

Speed loss

RS Production OEE

Scrap

RS Production OEE

Rework

RS Production OEE

Shift report

RS Production OEE

Shift report pareto

RS Production OEE

Production report

RS Production OEE

Forms

RS Production ACT

Documents

RS Production ACT

Data Series

Addon Stable Processes

ERP-reporting

Addon Integration Interface

Track and Trace

Addon Track and Trace

Stable Processes

Addon Stable Processes

Changeover

RS Production OEE

Momentaneous

RS Production OEE

 

At the bottom in Operator tools is a row of menu buttons where you switch between different pages. It is called the “five menu” of historical reasons.

In Office tools you can set which buttons you want to have in your menu. A useful tip is not to have more than absolutely necessary. A straightforward user interface is important if manual data collection is to function as well as possible.

Giving stops a reason code

Stop reason coding is one of the central functions in RS Production. A more in-depth description of how downtime and speed loss work in RS Production is available here.

The left-hand column on the Stop coding page shows the eight last stops. The right-hand column shows older stops that are still uncategorized.

For each stop, the time when the stop occurred is shown, as well as its length and the reason code the stop was given.

An ongoing stop row has a dotted border around it and a clock symbol showing that time is passing.

At the top right of the stop row is a button to enter comments in free text. The button is grey until a comment is entered. Once there is a comment, the button is green.

When a stop first occurs, a white “micro stop” is displayed until enough time has passed to cross the threshold for a production stoppage. At this point it changes to a red “uncategorized” stop.

The stop is red “uncategorized” until the operator clicks on it and selects a reason code (and where applicable a station code as well). At this point, it changes to a grey “categorized” stop.

There is a threshold value “shortest stop displayed in terminal” that can be used to control how long stops must last before they are displayed in Operator tools. This is set in Office tools.

White “micro stops” can also be categorized.

Stops that occur in connection with an order/article change are automatically categorized as yellow “changeover time” and then linked to the reason code selected for “changeover”.

Stops that occur in connection with not having any order/article active are automatically categorized as orange “no active order” and then linked to the reason code selected for “no active order”.

Stops that have been automatically categorized turn grey immediately with a reason code (and, where applicable, station).

You can at any time click on a stop that has already been categorized and give it a different reason code (and where applicable a station code).

There is a setting for controlling whether stops that are outside the schedule should be displayed. This gives the operators the opportunity to work overtime and specify stop reasons exactly as they would usually do. A schedule can always be adjusted afterwards. A stop outside a schedule is then displayed as dimmed red “uncategorized”, to show that it differs from an ordinary red “uncategorized”.

There is a setting for controlling whether a new stop should be created when an ongoing stop lasts beyond a shift change.

Registering scrap

Normally you have the scrap button in the menu system.

Registered scrap affects the quality parameter in the OEE-value.

If you run several simultaneous orders/articles or ERP-connection, you can opt to have the scrap button for the ongoing order on the production plan page.

You register scrap by entering the amount to be scrapped and then selecting a reason on the right of the page. The most usual reason codes are shown there as hot keys. You can also select a different reason.

Registered scrap instances are displayed bottom left. When each scrap instance is registered, you will be able to see the amount that has been scrapped and the reason code specified.

You cannot scrap amounts that exceed the amount produced on that particular run.

To the right of the scrap row is a button to enter comments in free text. The button is grey until a comment is entered. Once there is a comment, the button is green.

Click on a scrap row to remove it.

If you have the scrap button in the menu system, you can scroll back to older runs and register scrap for them afterwards.

There is also a rework registration which you can add to the menu field. Rework affects the performance in the OEE-value instead of the quality outcome.

Production plan

The production plan page is where you specify which order you are to run. There you can adjust lots of parameters relating to cycle times.

The left-hand column contains the planned runs/articles that are available for you to start. Depending on whether you are running a more straightforward article run or an order run, a number of different fields are displayed specifying the order, article, ordered amount, planned start time etc.

Flexible buttons

In the right-hand column are the ongoing runs/articles. Depending on whether you are running a more straightforward article run or an order run, a number of different fields are displayed specifying the order, article, ordered amount, produced amount, scrapped amount, reworked amount, posted changeover time, measured changeover time, uptime, stop time, OEE, split time per cycle, earliest completed and estimated completed. 

You can set the number of planned runs that are to be shown in the left-hand column.

You can set the number of simultaneous runs that are to be permitted in the right-hand column.

You can automatically activate completion of the previous run when you start a new run. This means that the end point for the first run will be the same as the start point for the second run.

If you have a large number of available planned runs or articles, you can activate a search field where you can specify order number, article number or article name so as to quickly find what it is you want to run.

See Super user’s guide to Operator tools for more details.

Shift report

The shift report is a real time snapshot of the outcome during the ongoing shift. You can scroll to previous shifts with the arrow buttons at the bottom of the page.

On the far right are buttons for showing more detailed stop information.

The button on the right-hand side is a logbook function where you can enter free text comments for the shift.

The shift report has five fact fields and three graphs.

Field

Contents

Shift schedule

  • Shift type

  • Starts

  • Ends

Amounts

  • Approved amount

  • Scrapped

  • Produced

  • Reworked

Speed

  • Amount per hour

  • Amount per minute

Please note that speed is calculated for the uptime, not the entire shift time or the order time

Times

  • Total time (the entire shift time)

  • Scheduled time

  • Break time

  • Uptime (status = ok/uptime)

  • Stop time (status = stop)

  • Changeover time (status = changeover)

  • Time without run (status = no active run)

Efficiency

  • OEE

  • Target (aggregate mean value if you ran articles with different performance indicators)

  • Availability (the loss is displayed in red in the bar below)

  • Performance (the loss is displayed in yellow in the bar below)

  • Quality outcome (the loss is displayed in light grey/white in the bar below)

Stop reasons (top 5)

The shift’s five main stop reasons totalled for stop time

Outcome per hour

Produced amount per hour. The line shows the hour’s calculated target.

Target = OEE target x the article’s optimal cycle time

  • Green bar = on or over target

  • Red bar = below target

  • Blue bar = ongoing hour

Cumulative outcome per hour

Totalled produced amount combined per hour. The line shows the target so far for the shift.

Target = OEE target x the article’s optimal cycle time

  • Green bar = on or over target

  • Red bar = below target

  • Blue bar = ongoing hour or hour not yet started

Production report

There is also a “Production report” that shows times and amounts distributed by run (order/article) during the shift.