QAD PE: Benefits and Key Features
In this blog we will cover the benefits and key features of QAD Production Execution (QAD PE). QAD PE helps increase efficiency during the production process along with utilizing technology for a shop floor setting. Additionally, QAD PE provides production insights that are necessary to respond quickly to inventory shortages, equipment failures, and other unplanned production slowdowns.
HMI Touch Screen Technology
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) touch screen technology included in QAD PE is better suited and more convenient for a shop floor setting. Computers that are ill suited for the shop floor environment are no longer necessary with QAD PE. It also eliminates the need for paperwork that could easily be reprinted, altered, or incorrect.
What can you do with QAD PE?
On the QAD PE touch screen you can show all items that need to be produced in one work center. Rather than showing the big picture, the screen can show only what you need to see for each step of the process. For example, rather than seeing all steps in a said process, the screen can show only the process for the operation at hand. This function keeps people focused on their current task and reduces the chances of skipping steps/human error. Additionally, the screen can show what needs to be produced, how many were made, how many were scrapped and why, etc. shown in the images below:
Manage Downtime of Machinery
In the event that a machine is down, QAD PE makes it easier to report this to the management team that provides opportunity to reroute production. For Example, if machine one was down, PE could be used to reroute work orders systematically to machines two and three. Additionally, this downtime information can be tracked for downtime analysis.
Machine Down Screen
Interface with EQMS
Another way QAD PE and the HMI can increase convenience and efficiency is through interfacing with eQMS (QAD’s Quality Management System). Through interfacing with eQMS, QAD PE can show quality documents right on the shop floor. For example, the touch screen could show instructions for how to make something in a production process right at the workstation.
QAD PE helps manage inventory by making it easy to report low inventory or out of stock items through the workstation. If low on a component, you can even call a tow truck driver in the system to deliver more inventory to the work center.
QAD PE allows for management of user access/employee skill sets to customize what someone can access based on their skillset. For example, if one task requires a level two skill set, only those with level two clearances will be able to access the task while those with level one skill set will not.
If you are interested in learning more about QAD PE and if it is the right fit for your business, contact us here to find out how we can help you grow your business. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 345-8810.
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