Jun 8, 2018- Implementing Industry 4.0 can seem daunting for sheet metal companies. However, industry leader Lantek has some software tools which provide the first steps, delivering practical and relevant solutions at an affordable cost, aimed at producing an immediate impact on efficiency and customer satisfaction.
With Lantek MES Manager manufacturing execution system, engineers can upload a bill of materials for the products being manufactured including parts and subassemblies. Parts are then filtered according to material type and thickness ready for nesting in Lantek Expert CAD/CAM software. At this stage additional parts from other jobs or remanufactured parts can be added to the nest, optimising material utilisation.
Within Lantek MES Manager, the full sequence of operations required for the manufacture of each part or subassembly is stored. This can include for example, laser cutting, punching, bending, assembly and painting.
On the shop floor Lantek MES Wos resides on standard touch screen computers or tablets for data capture and to provide operators with details of the sequence of manufacturing operations. Links to the machines record start and finish times for cutting, while for other tasks employees can log on to jobs and operations recording the progress of each part around the workshop in a paperless environment.
Links back to Lantek MES Manager make this information available in report form so that managers can see exactly where parts are in the production process in real time. With this live information, companies can assess and improve the efficiency of machinery and processes, ensure parts are delivered on time, quickly detect delays and cost overruns and provide customers with accurate information about the progress of their orders.
For manufacturers with an existing ERP or sales order processing system, data can be transferred into and out of Lantek MES Manager, making use of the investment in existing technology. However, companies also have the option of expanding the system with Lantek’s Integra software. This system provides wide ranging functionality including quotation and CRM capabilities, highly accurate costings, using the intelligence of Lantek Expert CADCAM, as well as stock management, documentation and invoicing and control of multi-site operations.
Taking the first steps towards Industry 4.0 with Lantek MES Manager and Lantek MES Wos is easy and will deliver traceability and transparency in manufacturing. Areas for efficiency improvement will be easier find and test for effectiveness, customers will be kept better informed and hence more loyal and the headache of controlling production will be a thing of the past.
Lantek is a multinational company which is leading the digital transformation of companies in the industrial sector of sheet metal and fabrication. It offers its own software solutions in business manufacturing intelligence, which enable connecting the plants thereby converting them into smart factories. It rounds off its range with the development of CAD/CAM/MES/ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes and profiles, with any cutting technology:laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing,and punching.
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country and with its headquarters in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava), Lantek enables the integration of cutting and punching technologies in the plant using the most demanding advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector thanks to its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalization. With more than 19,000 clients in over 100 countries and its own offices in 15 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with a worldwide presence. In 2016, its international business contributed to 85% of its revenue.
For more information visit: www.lanteksms.com