Composed of 5 steps from detection to continuous improvement, the important thing is to properly integrate incident management in the organization.
- The Andon of anomaly: composed only of light green/orange and red, it allows to know whether the production takes place correctly or if a problem appears.
- The Andon in advance-delay: composed of a panel having usually the production of the day to do and the state of progress, it allows to know whether we will be able to keep the deadlines or not.
PingFlow led the design and installation of a digital andon system for CLAAS in the Le Mans (France) plant to improve incident management.
A system whose flexibility and connectivity have greatly helped the manufacturer in its continuous improvement process.
Different types of Andon
Andon systems improve reactivity and thus productivity. Coupled with a visual management solution, they also provide a history log of alerts. Team leaders can analyse alerts (frequency, duration of interventions…) and take the required decisions to improve workstations.
The use of Andon was expanded little by little to include internal factory logistics: inventory requests, calling a forklift, managing assembly kits … The objective is to facilitate throughput and avoid shortages. The principles are the same as those of operator Andon: In these circumstances, the system will not alert to a fault, but request a forklift driver.
Implementing an Andon system (Yo-I-Don) on assembly lines allows operators to raise incident alerts. The various alerts allow actions to be prioritized and thus
The real-time overview provided
by Andon throughput and visual
management allows leaders to take
appropriate action due to an advance or delay. This allows actions which depend directly
on production advances/delays to be replanned.
Andon incident alerts can also be triggered by the information system if it detects a throughput problem. Even if Andon alerts can be triggered automatically by machines or previously set parameters, human intervention is essential to qualify calls and intervene.
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