Automate Business Workflow With Mobile Data Collection

Real Time Shop Floor Data Collection: Mobile Data Collection For Manufacturing

Real time shop floor data collection helps your manufacturing business improve operational performance and productivity, quickly identify and fix problems, and get 360 degree view into the projects in progress. With QR Mobile Data, your employees will be able to use a regular smartphone or tablet as an enterprise grade tool for barcode scanning, data collection, filling out mobile forms and information look up. QR Mobile Data mobile application is connected to the centralized cloud database, allowing for real time information flow between office employees and employees on the factory floor / warehouse.

Production process documentation, quality control and traceability is a requirement for some industries. It is also a good practice for all manufacturers. Manufacturing process control and traceability allows you to catch deficiencies on time, identify and fix problems. You can quickly locate all affected products in case of the recall, as well as streamline warranty service and repairs.
In order to accurately track and document production process you need to use mobile devices with barcode scanning capabilities. With QR Mobile Data you do not need to purchase extra hardware - your employees can use regular smartphones or tablets for mobile data collection and look up. Create custom mobile forms that fit your production process, and your employees will have these forms on their smartphones to document production steps in real time. The best tool is the one you have and know how to use - and smartphone fits this definition perfectly. Your employees have smartphones and know how to use them - so there is no learning curve and you can become productive fast.

Create Custom Workflows That Your Employees Can Access And Track

Get real time view of your projects and progress, access the entire life cycle of the past projects. Track projects progress, access and collect data on the factory floor in real time using mobile devices.

  • Create custom workflow(s) for each of your manufacturing procedures. Identify steps, provide instructions for each step.
  • Create mobile forms and link them to the workflow step(s).
  • Employees on the factory floor can use mobile devices and barcode scanning to:

    • Identify an assembly, project or product batch
    • Check on what step the scanned object is now, and review previous production steps
    • Check what forms need to be filled out on the current step, and which ones were already filled out
    • Review completed forms, fill out outstanding form(s) and submit to the cloud
    • Move project to the next step

  • Optionally receive an e-mail alert when project is moved to the next step.
  • Review all projects in progress in real time: what step they are now, production history, filled out forms via a web dashboard.
  • Review the entire life-time history of the past projects. Find information that you are looking for fast using filters.


Create Custom Mobile Forms For Documenting Production Process

Accomodate your specific business workflow and changing operations. No matter what data you want to collect and how often do you need to adjust procedures, you can create mobile forms that fit your needs, and keep them up to date.

  • Decide what data do you need to collect during each step of the manufacturing process, and create corresponding mobile form(s) via a web dashboard. Optionally link form(s) to the workflow step(s), so that your employees know what data to collect when.
  • Create quality control mobile forms. Add clarifying text and / or images to make sure your employees know exactly what needs to be checked.
  • Update forms any time as needed, and your employees will always have current forms to fill out on their mobile devices.
  • Divide large forms into the smaller sub-forms based on the question categories. An employee will fill out a sub-form for each category separately, and see at a glance which sub-forms are done and which ones still need to be completed.
  • Create mobile forms with minimum manual entries. Include selection lists where applicable. Allow an employee to scan in value instead of entering it manually (e.g. scan in lot numbers of used components).
  • Specify which fields are required, and each field data type.
  • Include any number of image field(s). An employee will be able to use these fields to take photos with a smartphone, and include them as a part of a form for visual documentation.
  • Administrator can pre-fill part of the form before pushing it to the mobile devices.
  • Administrators can review, and if necessary edit forms via a web dashboard, or fill "office only" part.
  • Create PDF report based on the completed forms. Include images and signature. Control report look and layout using custom templates.


Use Smartphones, QR Code Scanning And Mobile Forms For Shop Floor Data Collection

As the product moves through the production steps, your employees can collect data, enter all relevant information and do quality control in real time on the factory floor. Instead of purchasing special hardware, let your employees use their own smartphones or tablets for barcode scanning, data entry and look up.

  • When new production batch is started, an employee can label it, scan QR code or barcode and enter all batch-related data on a smartphone. You define what data do you want to collect and keep track of via a web dashboard.
  • As product batch moves through the manufacturing process, an employee who performs the next step scans QR code or barcode label to identify the product batch. (S)he then retrieves relevant mobile form(s) and fill out the form for the task at hand on a smartphone.
  • As an employee fills out a form, data are automatically saved on the mobile device. (S)he can stop and resume at any time, and be sure that collected information is not lost.
  • An employee can use a smartphone to scan in QR code / barcodes for lot numbers and serial numbers of used parts and components. If you need to identify a production station, you can label production stations with QR codes and your employees will be able to scan them in. Any other numbers and IDs relevant to your process can be scanned in as well. Barcode scanning speeds up data collection process and minimizes a possibility of an entry error.
  • An employee can take photos and include them as a part of the form if visual documentation is helpful or required.
  • A supervisor or customer can sign the completed form on the mobile device before submission. Digital signature will be available in the reports.
  • When quality control form or data entry form is completed, it is submitted to a centralized cloud location and becomes instantly available to all authorized users.


Access Information On The Parts, Components And Previous Steps On A Smartphone

Make sure your employees get all required information without delay and there are no interruptions in the production process.

  • An employee can access required information on the components and parts by scanning QR code / barcode label with a smartphone, and make a decision on which components to use in production (e.g. he may need to select components that will expire earlier, parts from a specific vendor, etc.)
  • An employee can access all entered information on the product batch he is working with. He can update this information on a smartphone if needed. For example, he can update measurements, take additional photos, etc.
  • An employee can scan QR code / barcode label on a product batch to access all previous records (production steps, what was done, quality control forms). He can then use this information for planning the next production steps.


Inventory Management

Make sure you know what do you have in stock, and never run out of inventory.

  • Track inventory in multiple locations with a smartphone. Process inventory transactions as they happen, on site by scanning QR code / barcode label.
  • Access real time inventory stock, in the field on a smartphone and in the office via a web dashboard.
  • Set re-order points and receive automatic low inventory alerts.
  • Review and export reports on inventory count, locations, transactions history and usage.
  • MISys manufacturing software integration allows you to send inventory data collected on the shop floor in real time to MISys Manufacturing.
More on inventory management for manufacturing


Production Process Documentation And Reports

Access production process documentation in real time and quickly find required information.

  • All collected data on the manufacturing production process, product batches and quality control are stored in a secure, centralized cloud location. Authorized employees can access process status and documentation from anywhere in real time.
  • Administrators and managers can search records by multiple parameters to find exact information they need.
  • Find information on the specific production batch: batch information, data collected during each production step, quality control forms that were filled out, what components and parts were used. Find how this production batch was distributed to the clients, and / or where it is stored.
  • Find all product batches that have a specific component, went through a specific procedure, production station, were produced on a specific date, etc.
  • Review, and if necessary edit submitted forms.
  • Review projects in progress, what step they are in, and the entire production history of the current and past projects.
  • Print and export reports.
  • Create PDF report based on the completed forms. Include images and signature. Control report look and layout using custom templates.


Real Time Data Collection, Manufacturing Process Tracking And Traceability - Case Study

Learn how other companies use QR Mobile Data to improve operations efficiency, track production process in real time on the shop floor, have up-to-the-minute insights into the projects progress, and keep accurate digital documentation accessible to all authorized users.

Ionex Research Corporation Interview / Case Study

Ionex Research Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance process filtration and treatment equipment, uses QR Mobile Data / QR Inventory combo for tracking production process, quality control and documentation. Ionex employees use regular smartphones to collect data, fill out mobile forms, track inventory with barcode scanning and look up information in real time on the shop floor. The result is increased operations efficiency, improved intra-company communications and accurate documentation accessible to authorized employees from anywhere.

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One of the hurdles IONEX was faced with was the amount of data collected at each step of the manufacturing process. It was also challenging to keep information up-to-date and communicate between departments. With QR Inventory, most record keeping tasks are completed quickly and "live" as they happen. The need for physical paperwork is eliminated and everyone in the company has access to the data.
C.M., Ionex


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