SIPLACE Line Monitor
Solid information makes for efficient production
The new SIPLACE Line Monitor presents the status of an individual SMT placement machine in a clear and easy-to-grasp manner with ‘traffic light’ indicators, colourful graphics and lists – all on a single screen. With the SIPLACE Line Monitor, operating staff can keep everything under control even in high-mix production environments and prevent material-related production stops, which is still one of the most effective efficiency killers in modern electronics production.
Splicing requirements, the number of units of a product that have already been produced, which MSD reels are due to be returned to the cabinet; the SIPLACE Line Monitor combines and displays relevant information that are visible at a single glance. All these information makes it easy for the operating and warehouse staff to properly prioritise their activities. Installed in one or more central locations on the production floor, the SIPLACE Line Monitor prevents lots of trips between machines, frees up time as well as creates transparency for a trouble-free production flow.
"The SIPLACE Line Monitor supports the operators by providing them with clear information about the status of the entire line. The result: significantly fewer material-related production stops, increased efficiency and a much calmer work environment. The SIPLACE Line Monitor proves once again that investing in more transparency pays for itself many times over by improving the process quality and delivering measurable improvements in efficiency," says Alexander Nitzsche, the SIPLACE team’s manager in charge of software marketing and software applications.
The SIPLACE Line Monitor’s software analyses information from various sources such as setup verification and machine programs on the SMT machine and compiles the data on a single, clearly laid-out screen. Particularly critical information, such as where the user can find the MSD reels at the line, are highlighted graphically and with traffic light indicators.
The improvement in efficiency reaches as far as the warehouse, because the SIPLACE Line Monitor also minimises the number of unneeded stock withdrawals and returns. The operating staff can see for the entire line whether the remaining capacity of individual reels is sufficient to handle the entire production job, thus eliminating unnecessary "just in case" stock retrievals. This is especially important for moisture-sensitive components, which should be removed from dry storage only when needed and can now be returned as quickly as possible after the production run.
SIPLACE Line Monitor available as a package
In real-life applications, the SIPLACE Line Monitor has been particularly useful when the information is displayed on multiple large, ceiling-mounted screens. Alternatively, it can also display the data on the machine displays or on the line computers. The SIPLACE team will gladly supply and install not only the software, but also monitors, audio-visual extenders and other components as a complete infrastructure package.
The SIPLACE Line Monitor shows at a glance: Track list with current materials, current material quantities, residual running time per track, number of PCBs that can still be produced, MSD time = residual time, reel expiration date and colour codes indicating the shortest residual running time, residual track running time and shortest tape length.