We provide tools, tactics, and training for successfully designing and implementing an automated flexible manufacturing system. Our software and consulting help you design a new FMS, improve OEE in an existing FMS, integrate ERP and automation, and iteratively improve manufacturing production.
Tactics for FMS Implementation
Through decades of experience on dozens of FMS projects, we have developed a series of 8 steps that take a FMS from initial concept to a low-cost, efficient, well-run factory cell. Motivated by these tactics, we have a series of software tools designed together with engineers and operators to assist with all phases of cell operation.
- Overview of the 8 steps
- Step 1: Planning
- Step 2: Flexibility
- Step 3: FMS Install
- Step 4: Orders and ERP
- Step 5: Part Tracking
- Step 6: Inspection Plan
- Step 7: Optimization
- Step 8: Continuous Improvement
To support the above tactics, we have several software products:
SeedTactic: Designer. This product provides planning and simulation in the cloud, and is used both for designing a new system and exploring the flexibility of an existing system.
SeedTactic: OrderLink. This product connects to your ERP to the cell controller. It uses artificial intelligence to decide daily schedules to keep the machines busy and copies the schedule into the cell controller automatically. Also, completed parts are tracked into workorders and filled workorders with their cost information are reported back to the ERP software.
SeedTactic: FMS Insight. A free and open-source data analysis tool which runs on the cell controller. It provides targeted reports to operators, floor supervisors, engineering, quality, and management. It also facilitates customized production workflows by providing a plugin API.
To customize to your specific scenarios, OrderLink and FMS Insight support plugins. We can work with you to develop custom plugins to ensure your cell runs at top efficiency. These plugins support everything from integrating with your specific ERP, marking barcodes in the machines, custom inspection techniques, tracking material through multiple cells, robotic loading/unloading, and much more. The custom plugins allows us to adapt to your specific situation.