Showcase

Instructions simplified

Mistakes are avoidable. For example by a successful documentation of individual steps. The printed assembly instructions in the workplace are replaced by a tablet in the digitalized factory. The advantages are obvious like the innovative showcase of MAXIMAGO demonstrates.

Auf einem Microsoft Tablet ist die Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitung mit vier Bildern angezeigt, um ein Gehäuse zu montieren.

The challenge: complex devices

Hardware becomes more and more complex and smaller at the same time. The workers of a production line cope with the task to assemble smallest components precisely. Especially for inexperienced employees a complete and clear assembly instruction is essential. While working on high technological devices those documents are mostly in folders in non-digitalized companies or available as individual slides which are difficult to be seen once they were hung in the work place.

Another problem: Printed papers are static, complicated steps are explained in detail by single images and writing.  The handling of a folder is inefficient due to flipping, especially when the worker only has to look up one single step.  Moreover, the assembly locations are reduced to a certain device or a certain work process as a new work process would require a new folder which, in worst case, is at the end of the hall.

The solution: The digitized work place

During the Site Visits in different fabrication plants our UX engineers noted that already digitalized work process steps are existing but they haven`t consequently been thought up to the end. For example, it is the worker`s task to scan the QR code to inform the assembly supervisor about the current status of his product line. In step 2 the worker flips through his folder to find the corresponding instruction. We automated the search: While scanning the order the software automatically finds the suitable documents and displays them without the user having to click it.

Our UX engineers waive the superfluous: Whereas work steps were elaborately explained in writing visual media, images and videos, now help with the assembly. Clear icons also point to more complicated steps and warn of dangers.

In addition, in the digital tutorial videos support the assembly process, which can guide the user through the work steps in an extremely detailed manner.

In addition, the digital guide also addresses the user’s skills: beginners are given more detailed work steps, while experienced employees are no longer presented with integrated processes.

Digital factory: more efficiency

The use of tablets and monitors at the workplace supports the efficiency of the entire production unit: any worker can assemble each module at any workplace without having to take the appropriate instructions from the library. This allows the entire assembly line to be switched to another product within seconds.

In addition, the digital guide prevents the use of outdated manuals: Versioning is centrally managed from production control and played on the workstations in seconds. This guarantees that workmen can use the latest version at any time.

Highlights

  • Digitally supported work also for untrained professionals,

  • Integrated release process for assembly guide updates

  • Different input modes: touch, language, automated

  • Different skill levels and corresponding level of detail of the instructions

  • Full-Responsive-Layout allows the use of various output devices, from mobile phones to the 40” monitor

  • Instructions can also be given for training outside the production hall

  • Almost complete renunciation of written explanations allows quick interpretation of instructions