The Truly Paperless Factory
Add Value, Reduce Costs and Eliminate Risk in Manufacturing
By adopting a true paperless environment, and not just displaying PDFs, a factory can increase yields, quality and traceability while reducing costs and eliminating many of the risks associated with incorrect or badly controlled documentation.
People’s perception of what constitutes the paperless shop floor may vary from individual to individual and indeed from company to company, but if you are looking to get all the benefits from going ‘paperless’ it needs to be much more than just another way of displaying documents that were formerly printed and held on the shop floor. Deploying a system that merely replaces paper with pdf or images of paper documents will most times result in failure to gain the full benefits of being paperless. This is all about the delivery of information, or data, and in a paperless environment that is delivered digitally. But we need to consider more than just the method of delivery, we need to envision the type of data, the interactivity of that data, its revision control and its adaptability.
Managing the entire digital thread from design data, through revision control and work instructions and bill of materials to final dispatch, along with control of revisions and engineering changes, is the real path to paperless enlightenment. A path that leads to improvements in manufacturing excellence, reduced engineering and management overhead and a more reliably repeatable method of manufacturing.