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    Production & Process Monitoring - PlantStar

    Complete Production and Process Monitoring Capabilities

    SYSCON PlantStar provides Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solutions that collect Production and Process data for use by manufacturing, quality control, management, accounting and financial systems. Traditionally Manufacturing Execution Systems provide users and management teams with key information about the manufacturing process as well as the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) of the equipment being monitored.

    When you need to know everything that’s happening with your production activities and process variables, you need an MES system that delivers the right functionality. From drag-and-drop job scheduling to real-time dashboard reporting and customizable alerts, PlantStar's manufacturing execution system is designed to help you do what you do best. With a full range of capabilities and continuous updates, PlantStar's MES software has the solutions you and your company need to maximize overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). It’s time to reach your full potential.

    Production Monitoring Features

    Get insight into job-specific details on every machine so you can keep track of upcoming projects, potential downtime, reducing scrap and create your customized reports in real-time.  PlantStar's MES features puts you in control by allowing you to customize your MES system.

    Job Scheduler

    Job Summary

    Job Setup Sheets

    Customizable Charts and Reporting

    Real-Time Dashboards

    Downtime and Scrap Reporting

    Instant Alerts

    Defect Collection

    Labor Tracking

    Material and Tool Tracking

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    Job Scheduler

    Simplify job scheduling with a drag-and-drop tool that makes it easy to move projects. The MES shows the current time and tools being used for specific projects, and allows you to update the tools and resources or switch the order of projects in order to avoid collisions.

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    Job Summary

    The job summary screen gives you a quick, up-to-date picture of what is happening on any machine, even those that are not connected to this DCM. With the easy-to-use drop-down menu, you can quickly access important information on a desired machine and make changes to current and future jobs with a touch of the screen.

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    Job Setup Sheets

    Easily access machine setup and miscellaneous summary information. Setup sheets can include training videos, documents, part images, and more.

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    Customizable Charts and Reporting

    Eliminate guesswork as you drive change and implement best practices as a result of data at your fingertips. PlantStar lets you create charts based on your own reporting in real time and auto-schedule report delivery directly to email inboxes, printer, or network folders.

    • Prints custom reports
    • Schedules custom reports
    • Prints scheduled reports automatically
    • Reports can be scheduled to print at a specific time
    • Reports can be scheduled on a daily basis
    • Reports can be scheduled on a weekly basis
    •  Reports can be scheduled to print at the end of a shift
    • Reports can be scheduled to print at the end of each job
    •  Reports can be printed on any network printer or sent to an HTML file.
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    Real-Time Dashboards

    A web based system allows you to view real time charts, reports, and all machine status from any device.  Large Screens are used throughout the facility to show data in real-time.

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    Downtime and Scrap Reporting

    Get alerts when your machines go down and maintain a record of each occurrence. The system tracks the top causes of downtime for each machine and displays the percentage of time taken up by each down. PlantStar 4.0 comes with unlimited down, reject, assist reasons.

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    Instant Alerts

    The PlantStar 4.0 systems comes with email and text alerts.  There is also the ability to add voice (PA Alerts).  

    Proper personnel can receive an instant alert.  Some of the Alert examples are: Process Alerts, high rejects/scrap, downtime,  idle status, etc. Now you can react immediately by receving real-time alerts to proactively improve your overall manufacturing goals. 

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    Defect Collection

    Conduct root-cause analysis to improve quality and eliminate warranty costs so you can reduce product recalls, revenue loss, decrease in customers, and damage to your brand. PlantStar prioritizes defects and charts them out in real time so you can immediately view all your defects for any running job or specific shift. Additional features include unlimited user configurable defect reasons, repair or scrap disposition, and ERP solutions integration.

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    Labor Tracking

    PlantStar Labor Tracking is designed to collect, report, and forecast labor hours by machine, job, shift, or employee. Labor information is collected and tracked by personnel logging in and out of machines from a DCM or HMI. Employees can be logged onto one or more machines at the same time depending on the category work being done. For this reason, PlantStar Labor Tracking is not typically used as a time and attendance system. It will provide a window to where and how labor is used on the shop floor. It can also report time spent by support personnel at a machine. As a job history is developed the job history labor reports can be used to forecast staffing requirements on a shift or weekly basis. The Labor Tracking feature provides the ability for Operators to log their actions using Process Journal entries, providing an audit trail for activity within the PlantStar MES system.  All of this data is stored in a secure database within the PlantStar APU server. This data can then be used for various management information system functions including review, analysis, audit, and reporting, including upstream and downstream integration with ERP systems and functions.

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    Material and Tool Tracking

    Single Material Lot Tracking -MATL-LOT/S

    Single Material Lot Tracking allows tracking of consumption of one material per machine
    using the operator input at a touch screen DCM. The lot number identifies the material.
    Consumption tracking, is supported and forecasting is enabled as well.

    Multiple Material Tracking - MULT-MTL
    Multiple materials can be tracked with this option. Use of each material can be
    tracked and forecasting of material demand is supported to improve operations and control.

    Multiple Material/Multiple Lot Tracking - MAT-LOT/M
    Up to four component materials and four lot numbers can be tracked with this option. Use of each material and lot can be tracked and forecasting of material demand is supported to improve operations and control.

    Production Monitoring Benefits

    Take advantage of integration features, tracking capabilities, and a variety of other functionalities that help streamline your processes and deliver quality products.

    Operator Tracking

    Labeling and Barcoding

    ERP Integration

    Remote Monitoring

    Real-Time Data

    Voice Output

    Process Journals

    Process Variables

    Tools

    Tool Maintenance Events

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    Operator Tracking

    Eliminate the guesswork in associating specific users with completed action events. With PlantStar 4.0 operator tracking, users can quickly identify operator action events using simple track-and-trace capabilities.

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    Labeling and Barcoding

    Reduce the percentage of recalls due to product label errors with labeling and barcoding capabilities that strengthen compliance, increase productivity, and reduce operating costs while focusing on product traceability.

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    ERP Integration

    PlantStar has extended its options for importing and exporting data to ERP systems. We now provide multiple machine specific standards to be imported in any one import file. Our end-of-shift export utility can now notify you of any machines that have failed to report the end-of-shift event. This is usually a sign of network problems between the host and the data collection module. In conjunction with the previous feature, we can export only data for late reporting machines. So once the initial communications problem has been resolved, the data that was missed in the first end-of-shift will be exported. Our export utility can now be set to perform an incremental export. That is, instead of one export per shift, it can now do an export on a set interval. This will allow your ERP system to more accurately reflect the current production status of your shop floor.
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    Remote Monitoring

    PlantStar 4.0 is a fully web-based manufacturing execution system. See the status of your production equipment, OEE, parts per hour, reject % etc. wherever you are with remote monitoring functionality from any device connected to the internet.

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    Real-Time Data

    Your machine operators need to be able to access timely data in order to make quick decisions, and PlantStar’s MES provides that and more. Get an up-to-date look at your most important metrics and KPIs on a single, customizable screen. With the Machine Status view, you have insight into the real-time status, efficiency, and production data for any machines you choose. Plus, you can access simplified, color-coded charting with historical and real-time process variable data.

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    Voice Output

    A PlantStar system configured with the Voice Output Option is able to broadcast messages
    relating to currently monitored exception conditions such as:

    • Down states
    • Idle states
    • Fast states
    • Slow states
    • Assist states
    • Production exceptions
    • Process variable exceptions
    • Reject Exceptions

    These messages can be heard on speakers or public address systems.

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    Process Journals

    The PlantStar Process Journal program is a web-based program designed to provide the shop floor personnel with a method to record changes made to a process being monitored by the PlantStar system.

    The PlantStar Process Journal system provides an interface for users to record and track equipment maintenance, outages and other problems, as well as the resolutions to those issues. This feature is used in conjunction with our labor tracking option. The data is time-stamped and associated with an individual job, shift and employee. It also has a totally browser-based user interface. So anyone on your network will be able to view the data.

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    Process Variables

    Types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle. Some of the most common examples of process variables that are monitored through our system are:

    Process Variable Units
    Cycle Time sec.
    Fill Time sec.
    Charge Time sec.
    Hold Time sec.
    Cooling Time sec.
    Take-out Time sec.
    Injection Start Position in
    Switch-over Position in
    Cushion Position in
    Maximum Inj. Pressure PSI
    Switch-over Pressure PSI
    Screw Speed rpm
    Feed Throat Temp. deg F
    Barrel Zone 1 Temp. deg F
    Barrel Zone 2 Temp. deg F
    Barrel Zone 3 Temp. deg F
    Barrel Zone 4 Temp. deg F
    Nozzle Temp deg F
    Themolator 1 Supply Temp. deg F
    Themolator 2 Supply Temp. deg F
    Chiller Return Temp. deg F

     

    Some process variables are collected only when new readings are provided by the operator. These types of process variables are used to monitor something which is sampled at irregular intervals. Examples are measurements of sampled parts such as weight or dimensions.

     Whenever a reading is collected, it is compared to the process limits which have been defined for a job. If the reading is out of bounds, a process violation is flagged and a process alert is sent.  This violation is displayed on the monitoring windows as a process exception.

    Process Profiles

    Their behavior can be graphically displayed on any work station or at the relevant EL/TS DCM. A profile is a set of up to 500 readings of a single process input channel collected during one machine cycle. The input channel can be sampled as fast as once every 10 mS. Limits may be set for the minimum and maximum values (similar to process limits) to flag a process violation.   Again, any violations are displayed on the monitoring windows.

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    Tools

    A Tool in the system is something physical and unique, and has an associated serial number. Even if there is a similar tool, it is not physically the same tool. A Tool has information tracked. For example, time since it was first pulled out of a box (lifetime), time that it was ran on all the machines (runtime), and the number of cycles that it has been through.  Having a similar Tool is what we call Tool Type.  You may have 3 tools that are all of the same nature and can be swapped out interchangeably. These 3 tools would all use the same Tool Type. 

    A Tool Type Group is a group of Tool Types, that is used on a job before it starts running because in many cases you don't know which Tool of a particular Type you want to use until the job actually starts. When you start the Job you can select which Tool will be used and the system will present you with the available options based on the Tool Type Group Selected.

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    Tool Maintenance Events

    Tool Maintenance is part of the Tool Life Tracking package. Tool Life Tracking as a whole is meant to help cover your (TPM) Total Productive Maintenance needs. Tracking of individual tools and their respective usage including operation time, time since it was initially put into commission, and number of cycles that it has been through. The Tool Maintenance aspect of this is meant as a way to log these tool maintenance events, which will include the tool, job that was running when the maintenance occurred if any, type of maintenance, event datetime, duration, and comments. You can create the different kinds of maintenances and their necessary frequency.

    Process Monitoring Features

    Process Monitoring allows process variables to be created and tracked during a job. The data can then be viewed on charts or spreadsheets in real-time.

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle. Some of the most common examples are pressure, temperature or time duration process variables.  When it comes to process monitoring PlantStar's manufacturing execution system is unmatched. 

    Physical or Trigger-Based Process Variables

    Tailor Process Variable Limits

    Process Variable Chart Viewer

    Process Trend SPC

    Process Summary

    SPC History

    The Process Table

    The Process Graph

    Process Select

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    Physical or Trigger-Based Process Variables

    Some MES systems limit the user on the number of process variables, but with PlantStar you can input any number of PVs and process variable profiles.

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    Tailor Process Variable Limits

    Use PlantStar to set upper and lower limits to your process variables and easily adjust as production needs change.

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    Process Variable Chart Viewer

    View live readings of KPIs including pressure, temperature, injection position and much more in real time. Tweak the chart configuration on the fly for a truly granular view into the health of your machines.

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    Process Trend SPC

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle.

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    Process Summary

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle.

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    SPC History

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle.

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    The Process Table

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle.

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    The Process Graph

    Stay up to date about the process variables that go into your projects, with the ability to easily make adjustments as necessary. If defined for a machine, unlimited process variables can be monitored. Most process variables are collected once per machine cycle. These types of process variables are used to monitor characteristics which are repeated with every machine cycle.

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    Process Select

    The Process Select screen allows for monitoring up to fifty process variables that may be defined for the currently running job on the selected machine.
    It provides a quick visual reference to monitor the process exception state for a machine. If  the last value recorded for a process variable is above the higher limit or below the lower limit defined for the job, that process variable is highlighted according to the following default color scheme:


    · Red - value is above the higher limit
    · Blue - value is below the lower limit


    If a process variable exceeds its defined limits for the job, the machine will be put in the process exception state for that cycle which will be reflected by the color conventions used in the lights frame.

    See The Benefits of Robust MES Software

    Could your manufacturing operation benefit from more data? With a robust Manufacturing Execution System (MES), you can combine Production & Process Monitoring to improve productivity and ensure quality and efficiency.

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    What Our Customers Say

    We chose SYSCON PlantStar to be our MES system as it provided us with a wealth of production and process information, including scheduling, product specification, OEE data, labor and process tracking in a flexible, friendly and real time environment that assist us in achieving our operational excellence goals. Over the years (20+ years) PlantStar had validated that we made the right decision by providing us with great customer service and support coupled with leading edge technology. I would highly recommend their services to any other company that is in the market for MES system
    Fourmark Manufacturing
    With PlantStar, we’ve reduced our internal and external corrective action reports by 92.8%, with major gains in first-time quality improvements and customer satisfaction. An initial savings of $400,000 was realized within five months of implementation.
    Corporate VP, Tier II Automotive Supplier

    PlantStar has proved vital to our Manufacturing efficiency and has introduced the ability to stay connected remotely to make key real-time decisions. It has changed the way we operate!

    Cole Melton, Director of Operations
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