Feb 6th 2018*
Ran Metzer: “I see everything that happens in the factory, live the production line; Any machine, at any given moment!”
Ran Metzer Turbine Jet Operations Manager
Turbine Jet manufactures blades for jet engines in its plant, located in Migdal Tefen industrial zone in the Galilee. The company, whose products are all intended for export, began its operations as a department within Blade Technologies and in 2014 was acquired by Pratt & Whitney, the world’s largest aircraft engine manufacturer.
The company recently installed the PIM system of the Israeli Visual Factories company, and since then there has been a turnaround in production management at the plant. “In the past, despite the vast amount of information gathered from the production lines, it was used for retrospective analysis as it was not available or accessible for real-time presentation of production lines,” says Ran Metzer, the plant’s operations manager.
Since we implemented the PIM system I see everything that happens in the factory, I live the production line, any machine, at any given moment. The system visually displays the data for employees, issues reports to managers that link the efficiency of operations to the profit line, and sheds light on the points where operations need to be improved. The system is pushing us to improve and maintain productivity at a high level. All this, without requiring a complex implementation or a large investment. “
According to Metzer, the implementation of the PIM system has led to the construction of a new language, according to which employees and managers work together transparently to meet operational goals and if there are problems they are immediately brought up and require real-time response. “The information is constantly in front of our eyes. Every morning we receive detailed reports. The monthly report shows how all efforts are reflected in the bottom line,” says Metzer.
The example of the Turbine Jet plant is characteristic of a problem faced by many factories – the lack of operational efficiency. For example, the length of time in which machines stand idle, burdens and damages the overall profitability of the enterprise. The factories are aware of the need to streamline but find it difficult to invest the money, the time and the effort required, because they are busy solving the immediate everyday problems.
For the large enterprises around the world, the solution is simpler: many of them are expected to implement expensive industrial infrastructures in the next few years, which will make them more efficient and competitive.
Small and medium-sized enterprises need a tailor-made solution to stay competitive, says Mati Tiano, CEO of Visual Factories. Our solution, the cloud-based PIM – Performance Improvement (PIM) system that can be installed on existing production lines to improve factory efficiency thus enabling gradual entry into smart industry 4.0.
The PIM system is suitable for manufacturing discrete parts in industries from a variety of fields such as metal, plastic, electronics and packaging. PIM is designed to help enterprises improve their operational efficiency and enterprise profitability by connecting people, resources and real-time information.
The data is automatically collected from the production machines and analyzed, then presented in a continuous manner in real time using screens, computers and smartphones to the production workers, the intermediate management layer and the senior management layer simultaneously. The Visual Factories system issues and sends consolidated analytical reports on a daily and monthly basis. It provides real-time visual information to employees and managers at the plant, including insights and recommendations for decisions and administrative actions.