Reaction Plan Manager++
The Reaction Plan Manager ++ (RPM++) provides productivity tools to reduce complex measurement information into step-by-step machine adjustments. Deciding how to react to a broken or shifted process is critical. Part size and statistical reports may indicate the process has drifted but knowing what adjustments are required is difficult. By using RPM++, you combine measurement data with engineering knowledge to analyze the process in real-time and provide specific instructions to fix the process.
How It Works
The software provides tools to create (Edit mode) and view (Viewer mode) Reaction Plans. A Reaction Plan is a stored document containing dimension items that are configured to analyze measurement data. Rules associated with each dimension item specify how the data is analyzed and the instructions the operator sees. Think of it like an engineer reviewing the measurement results and deciding how to adjust the process. The Reaction Plan would be the engineer making the adjustment decisions.
Your engineer familiar with the manufacturing process, determines the dimensions to analyze, the rules to apply to the dimensions and the specific instructions to make the adjustments. Using the Edit mode, she creates the Reaction Plan and releases it on the manufacturing floor.
Using the Viewer mode the data is merged with the Reaction Plan written by your process engineers. The result is a unique Reaction Plan displayed on the shop floor with detailed instructions for the machine operator. RPM++ can be anywhere on your company network and operator simply scrolls through the document on a monitor.
- No more confusion deciding how to adjust the machine! The interpretation of the measurement results is done for the operator. The analysis outcome is specific instructions to adjust the manufacturing process.
- Reduction in machine downtime. Even if you’re an experienced operator it takes time to figure out how to react to measurement or statistical information. The decision “how much” or “in what direction” to adjust the machine goes away. The software does that for him/her in real-time.
- Provides a consistent, repeatable method for analyzing and documenting process adjustment techniques.
- A repository of process knowledge that is shared throughout the organization. Whether you’re a machine operator, supervisor or engineer the process adjustment instructions received are based on proven analysis methods. As the manufacturing process evolves so does the analysis methods used in the Reaction Plans.
- Cost savings from a reduction in operator training, engineering hours supporting the floor, machine down time and scrap.
- Like having an engineer on the shop floor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.