In light of the recent global virus situation and changing market conditions, we’ve had conversations with our customers and prospects about their operational needs. A recurring theme is the necessity to maintain production and keep machines running, while simultaneously adhering to remote work mandates and social distancing policies.
Mitigating Risks While Maintaining Production
To protect their workforce, many companies have kept their front office and support staff off-site. In these circumstances, FactoryWiz Monitoring can help facilitate remote work even for those who typically can’t be off-premise.
Lights Out Manufacturing
A well-known concept in the manufacturing industry, “lights out manufacturing,” has seen increased adoption over the past few months. This practice involves setting up machines to run unattended during nights or weekends. For operations with long cycles, robot/pallet loaders, or machines with bar feeders, it’s perfectly feasible to implement “lights out” manufacturing 24/7. FactoryWiz Monitoring provides live production details to any web-enabled device, such as mobile units, tablets, or PCs, anywhere.
Instant Notifications and Unlimited User Access
FactoryWiz can send you notifications about completed parts, alarms, etc. This feature empowers managers, supervisors, and operators to take appropriate corrective actions while minimizing social exposure. Being a web-based machine monitoring system, FactoryWiz offers live status updates 24/7 to an unlimited number of users. Anyone with a web-enabled device can access up-to-the-minute status reports.
Requirements for Remote Monitoring
Here’s what you’ll need for remote monitoring:
- Virtual Private Network (VPN): If you don’t already have one, set up a VPN for employees who will be working from home or monitoring shop status.
- Remote Desktop Session: If a VPN isn’t an option, you can set up a remote desktop session to control your work PC from your home computer or tablet.
- Permanent Virtual Meeting Session: Establish a permanent Zoom or GoToMeeting session.
- Automated Alerts: Set up automatic email or text notifications based on your specific requirements.
At FactoryWiz, we’re prepared to assist you with remote installations.