DIGITISATION IN COMPONENT PRODUCTION
Production and Logistics has a growing number of digital tools to limit paper documents as much as possible
igitisation and automation affect an increasing number of operations and activities. For example, do you know how modern technology makes everyday life easier for our Component Production workers?
Production management online
Our Smart TVs with this application are located in the eSFM rooms. Thanks to them, our individual sections, as well as production levels and other indirect areas, can be effectively managed. They help us to keep all the documentation or key indicator data only in an electronic format, whether it is a selected application, a visualisation or data stored on a shared drive. All of this happens online. Today, the application is used at all Production and Logistics units in Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabí – a total of 23 screens in our eSFM rooms and executive offices. An expansion is also planned for the Digital Team Boards project at the PSI department, where the number would increase by another 35 units. You can currently access the application through the computer Web interface, and we are preparing a mobile version as well.
Applications, Tablets and Monitors Replace Paper Documents in Production. Our Goal is Clear: To Have All the Current Information Available in Real Time and Online.
For easier communication
This tool is now in its test phase. More and more employees are gradually joining the initial 3,900 licences as part of the digitisation. The package contains several sub-applications that are being tested and that our responsible teams are looking for ways to use: MS Teams, Sharepoint and Power BI.
MS Teams is a unified communications platform that combines the applications you currently use: Skype for Business or team websites. In the application, you can create your own teams to manage projects, communicate and share data, links, notes or reports. “The MS Sharepoint application serves as cloud storage where any data can be stored and shared. The advantage is that we are not limited by hard-drive capacity. So far, we’ve been testing the application to see how our various types of data will behave in the cloud. Our goal is a complete transition from hard disk to this technology”, explains Pavel Vorlík from PKM – Engine Production. A useful tool is the Power BI app, which allows you to create user-defined reports. All that is required is training from the ŠKODA Academy. “We are now using it to report on individual key production indicators. So far, we have created some data sources manually, but we want to get them online, directly from the facilities”, says Vorlík, adding that Power BI is also used for defect visualisation, individual machine equipment replacement reports and summaries of energy consumption in the M2 Hall.
Documents under control
Last year, 2,108 employees were trained in 6,646 operations in Component Production thanks to the DFView application, which is used to manage and archive production documentation. It provided numerous benefits to our foremen and -women and their teams: paperless administration and record keeping, online data availability, electronic training and document handover. An important function of the system is the application’s connection to attendance. The system alerts the foreman/-woman to the worker’s training upon the latter’s return following an absence. “Today, DFView works in all units in the Component Production department. There is no red tape associated with any attendance sheets and other training materials. We gradually equip our foremen and -women with tablets in order for them to be mobile and train directly on their production line. We are also deploying our versatile module designed to inform about current topics”, adds Vorlík. At the Component Production department, digitisation does not end with these processes. On the contrary, many projects have been developed and are ongoing. These include, for example, the further computerisation of qualitative data and the preparation of online cockpit reports that will serve as part of Shopfloor Management’s SFM meetings or as an important decision-making tool in production management, from the perspective of foremen, forewomen and executives. Štěpán Vorlíček ŠTĚPÁN VORLÍČEK
PKM/13 – Cylinder Head EA 211
Our employees appreciate our new way of training. Thanks to the DFView application, it is quicker and simpler, and we don’t have to print tonnes of sheets, which had been used for completed employee training records in the past.