Going paperless on the production line has never been easier. A variety of systems are available that allow manufacturers to use visual work instructions to boost productivity and improve quality.
In its most basic form, Visual Knowledge Share is a computer touchscreen and bar code scanner installed at a workstation. As a part for processing arrives at the station, an employee scans the attached bar code and instructions for the work—including text, video, and schematics—pop up on the screen.
Chateauguay, Que.-based CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions manufactures aluminum, steel and stainless steel enclosures. The privately-held company expects revenue of $70-million for the next 12 months. Mr. Zimmermann won’t say whether this is an improvement from last year.
VKS was officially launched in May at the American Society of Quality Conference in Indianapolis.