Software Solution Tracks Discrete Manufacturing Operations

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, recently announced the availability of a new version of its award-winning Proficy Tracker software that helps companies realize lean initiatives by managing the execution of orders and the related flow of materials. Proficy Tracker is used today by companies all over the world to solve the most challenging production control problems within their discrete manufacturing operations in industries ranging from Automotive to Electronics.

Proficy Tracker 8.0 delivers lean production control by helping to manage inventory, schedule resources in real time, and control the routing of material through a discrete manufacturing process. It provides the ability to not only track the real-time location of orders on the production floor, but can also be configured to perform routing logic to control the movement of product throughout the manufacturing facility in real-time. This unique capability allows manufacturers to manage the physical routing and delivery of multiple product components and subassemblies into complex product assemblies.

Proficy Tracker can help:

· Reduce work in process inventory by optimizing the production sequence and coordinating the supply chain;

· Contain warranty exposure and meet regulations by building product birth certificates;

· Avoid contract penalties by following a process that facilitates making the product right the first time; and

· Continuously improve the manufacturing process.

"Manufacturing today is shifting from build-to-stock to build-to-order helping companies realize lean initiatives and reduce costs," said Erik Udstuen, Vice President Software & Services for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. "By maintaining automated control over their operations, suppliers can significantly improve performance by reducing Work In Process (WIP) inventories, providing automated birth certificates, and building their products right the first time. This will have a direct impact on the company’s bottom line."