Press Release Summary:
With job-scheduling module, Line Efficiency Tracking Software enables users to prioritize list of jobs to run on each machine throughout factory, using web browser to select appropriate part number, part quantity, and due date for each job. Module uses historical efficiency and changeover data that program has collected for each tool to estimate job completion dates and times, and highlights jobs that are estimated to complete after due date.
Original Press Release:
Honeywell Announces New Job-Scheduling Module
Job Scheduler Expands Capabilities of LETS Production-Reporting Software
ACTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 18, 2007 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Wintriss today introduced a new job-scheduling module that provides enhanced capabilities for its Line Efficiency Tracking Software (LETS) production-reporting system.
"The new scheduling module allows us to offer an expanded LETS solution to customers who are looking for a total machine automation solution," said Jim Finnerty, product manager, Honeywell Wintriss. "The scheduler complements the strong data-collection, report-generation and real-time machine-monitoring features that have already made LETS a popular solution."
The new scheduling module enables users to create a prioritized list of jobs to run on each machine throughout the factory, using a Web browser interface to select the appropriate part number(s), part quantity and due date for each job. The module then uses historical efficiency and changeover data that LETS has collected for each tool to estimate job completion dates and times, and highlights jobs that are estimated to complete after the due date.
When a machine calls for a new job, the scheduling module automatically sends the quantity of parts required, as well as the next tool, part, and/or job number, to machine-mounted SmartPAC 1, SmartPAC 2, or LETS Machine Interface (LMI) controls, using the LETS Ethernet connection with these units.
The scheduling module can be used in group-scheduling environments, routing the highest-priority job in a single prioritized list to the first available machine in a work cell. If a machine in the group goes down for an extended period, LETS automatically reroutes those jobs to available machines.
LETS is a scalable, flexible software package featuring an OLE for Process Control (OPC) Server that accommodates a wide range of available "plug-in" device drivers and components for the industrial sector. Critical information logged to the LETS SQL database can easily be fed to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or manufacturing execution systems (MES) software. LETS users can schedule automatic generation of a variety of production and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) reports and, via the browser-based Factory Viewer, monitor the status of all machines in a plant in real time.
Honeywell provides a broad portfolio of Wintriss automation and safety products to the metal stamping and forming industry. The product range includes laser guarding systems for hydraulic press-brakes, light curtains, clutch/brake controls, die protection systems, load analyzers, in-die quality control systems and production reporting software. Honeywell Wintriss is part of Honeywell Process Solutions. Find additional information about Honeywell Wintriss at www.wintriss.com.
For more information about the Honeywell Wintriss job-scheduling module and other Honeywell solutions that can improve business performance, visit www.honeywell.com/ps.
Honeywell International is a $34 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Honeywell Process Solutions, access www.honeywell.com/ps.