One Road to Automation
OA Scheduling recreates the manual scheduling wall on the desktop, providing a comfortable, familiar interface with the power of a computerized tag. OA Scheduling uses computerized tags that look like manual tags—each tag includes vital job details and can be color-coded to represent a special production condition or status. But, unlike the manual tag, the OA tag is integrated into the scheduling system with direct links to a job and shop floor data. Tags are updated in real time, indicating when work started and when an operation has been completed.
The visual impact of the scheduling wall is created by using integrated monitors that provide the user with a large, connected workspace. The user can click and drag tags across two or three monitors. The system automatically front-loads or back-loads your new jobs into the schedule, giving you immediate feedback on the job's impact to your current production load. Once on the schedule, changes can be made by simply dragging the tag to a new work center or a different date.
Because OA Scheduling is completely integrated into the Hagen OA management toolkit, scheduling information is available to anyone with access authorization. Data-recap screens and reports provide real-time info to CSRs, salespeople, managers and shop floor personnel, who can review the info without making a special trip to the scheduling wall.
Top 10 Tips For Taking the Automated Journey
Editor's Note: The following information was provided by Lisa Dillon, customer advocate at Hagen Systems.
1) Communicate the importance and potential impact of the new system to the entire company, and demonstrate the commitment of management to make it work.
2) Identify a project manager and select a training team. Committed volunteers will move the project along at a faster rate with a much higher degree of success.
3) Train the team. Your project managers and training team will become your system experts. Utilize your vendor's resources to train and support your team's efforts.