A common need of plastics producers is real-time shop floor production monitoring. This serves many purposes, including tracking cycles on tools or machines, data collection, precision measurement, analysis and reporting, gage management, and material usage and labor tracking.
display of critical tasks and free and total float
status using a color-coded display system; quickly find yield, cycle time, or production problems (either for the whole floor or for one particular machine); gain visibility over tool conflicts and impending setups; generate standard reports or design their own; and create summary reports at the end of each shift. Other associated capabilities would be the ability to make or track raw material (blends), assembled WIP items, finished goods, and the like. While some plastics-oriented ERP systems might