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“When you cut 15 to 20 seconds out of everybody’s job and they’re doing it 10 to 15 times a day, it’s a big deal.” – Nicoll Johnson, shop-floor site representative, Mesa, Ariz. sites streamline various tasks and boost productivity. In Production Control, Long Beach employees must ensure parts arrive at the facility and are available for production workers when and where they need them, a task that requires tracking down misplaced parts. To find a missing part previously, employees had to stop work and partner with a Shop Floor Control expediter, whose job it is to investigate part shortages and other issues to keep production moving. Depending on the expediter’s location when a part is not available, he or she must walk the shop floor within the busy site to access a desktop computer loaded with software that tracks and locates parts in the facility. Using an iPad loaded with a mobile version of that software, expediters now are able to query data in real time and resolve issues more quickly no matter where they are located in the facility, said Robert Cerniaz, a Shop Floor Control final assembly employee. “The mechanics are now able to get real-time feedback from expediters while on the shop floor and can look up information instantly rather than waiting for the expediter to go back to his BEIO NG FRONTEIRS / SEPTEMBER 2013 23


Frontiers September 2013 Issue
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