October 17, 2013
GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced Proficy for Manufacturing Discrete (PfMD) manufacturing execution management software. It provides digitized standard operating procedures, advanced dispatch capabilities, and structured capture of quality data to support real-time decision-making and continuous process improvement, especially in complex, engineer-to-order, and build-to-order environments.
The company reports that implementation of the software at its own sites has resulted in a 70 percent reduction in warranty investigation time, 10 percent reduction in WIP inventory, 20 percent reduction in product cycle times, 25 percent reduction in rework and scrap, and 20 percent reduction in manufacturing costs.
The software provides standard connectivity to ERP and PLM systems for rapid deployments. It is modularized to deploy in phases for near-term and long-term benefits and features advanced architecture to integrate with existing plant floor controls and operations.
Operations can be dispatched to lines or workcells based on the route definitions in the form of jobs to be executed. The queue of jobs associated with a line or a workcell is made up of comparable operations from multiple orders.