Tracking and operator guidance
Modifications make it happen
These fasteners were co-developed by Lockdowel and Kimball International.
Lockdowel Inc. was an instrumental partner in Kimball International’s automation plans. According to Thomas May, global vice president for Lockdowel, an idea for two modifications came from Kimball International’s Ron Devillez. “Ron wanted a smaller diameter on the barbed post, but with the holding power of the full-sized E900 line. They ship many things fully assembled in boxes, and therefore have a battery of extensive quality tests to ensure their products reach their customers in perfect condition. We were pleased to develop a new fastener, the E3259BM, which passed all of their tests toward achieving that.”
May added, “The other design collaboration was a unique straight barbed connector, Lockdowel’s E85-40BP, for fastening perpendicular points on shelves.”
The operators have a screen to log in and register their machine. Tracking happens via scanning. The operator can opt to scan the order traveler at once or the individual components. For the newer equipment, the logging happens automatically. At each moment an operator can see what has been done and what remains to be done. Also, when scanning a barcode, a picture of the part pops up telling the operator what is to happen. Every process step is closely monitored and guided so that fewer mistakes happen. Via this activity monitoring, employee time credits provide an incentive for good performance. Another innovative solution is the broken parts system. Using an easy scan or mouse click, an operator can report a part broken and reorder a new one. This process is completely automated and rework launches automatically. All this process is transparent and traceable.
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