The Add Operation Form is where you can add individual Operations to MachineMetrics. Some of the fields in the Add Operation form are conditional based on your company's System Settings.
Topics covered in this article:
If you have a large list of Operations from your ERP or another source, you may be interested in importing Operations using our Operation Import feature. See below for more information:
Watch a video demo of the add Operation process in the video below.
Add General Information
This section allows you to add the general identifying information about this Operation.
Please note: Some of the fields pictured below may not appear in your Add Operation form. Fields presented are conditional based on how your company's System Settings are configured.
The following are the fields required to add your Operation:
- Default Expected Part Time
The Name field is used to specify the name for the operation represented by the Operation. Most companies using MachineMetrics create Operation names based on one of the Part Number/ID.
Companies standardize how they are going to name Operations during the initial MachineMetrics implementation.
This field is conditional and based on your company's System Settings. The Part field allows you to specify the part number/ID for the Operation. If your company uses the part number/ID in the Name field, this field can be left blank. If your company uses work order numbers or something other than the part number/ID for the Operation name, the Part field must be used to identify the part produced by the Operation.
This field is conditional and based on your company's System Settings. The Operation field is used to identify the machine operational task (milling, lathe turning, drilling, and so on) that the Operation represents. While the MachineMetrics software will allow you to create a Operation with no entry in the Operation field, this field is required (in combination with either the Name or Part field) to adequately identify a Operation to MachineMetrics users.
This field is conditional and based on your company's System Settings. The Lot field is optional and allows you to identify the lot associated with the operation, where applicable. Companies may use this field to associate production lots (bulk lots, heat treatment lots) with the Operation.
The Description field is optional and allows you to enter descriptive text that may help identify the Operation in MachineMetrics reporting and data exports. This field is often used to provide a fuller description of the part or the operation, or to provide the common, "short-hand" name for the Operation as it is known in the company. The Description field and its contents do not display in the Dashboard or Tablet interfaces.
The Quantity Required field is optional and allows you to specify the total number of completed parts must be produced for a particular work order or part number. This allows you and Operators to track the number of parts produced across all Machines running this Operation and is visible on the Operator Dashboard.
Operation Identification Example
The following figure shows an example of how a Operation could be identified in MachineMetrics.
Defaults & Machines
The Defaults & Machines section determines how we will count parts for this Operation, how we will track setup, as well as which Machines the Operation will be dispatched to and the standards for those Machines. Keep going for more information on each of these.
Operation Defaults include how this Operation will count parts, the Expected Part Time, Ideal Part Time, and Setup Tracking (if your company uses Setup Stages). Below we explore the different variations within these settings:
The Part Counting field allows you to select how MachineMetrics will count parts produced based on how many parts are produced by the machine operation cycle. The options available for this setting and their impact to MachineMetrics system behavior are as follows:
- One Part Per Cycle- One part is produced for each completed operation cycle.
- Multiple Parts Per Cycle- More than one part is produced for each completed operation cycle. If you select this setting, then the Parts Produced and Parts Reported fields will display for you to specify how many parts are actually produced by the Operation and how many are reported by the machine.
- Multiple Cycles Per Part- More than one cycle of the operation is required to produce a part. If you select this setting, a Cycles Required field will display that requires you to specify how many operation cycles of the Operation are required to produce a single part.
For Part Counting, you will enter the Expected Part Time and Ideal Part Time along with additional conditional information based on which part counting method your company will use. See more information below on each of these:
- Expected Part Time
In this field, enter the expected amount of time it should take for each part produced. The values in this field should represent the "real" time expected for processing the part, including machine setup, teardown, and setup for the next part, also known as "button-to-button" production time. The values entered here are used as the basis for MachineMetrics reports and notifications. Time values can be entered to the millisecond (h:m:s.sss).
- Ideal Part Time (Optional)
In this field, enter the amount of machine time that the Operation should take to complete for each part produced, excluding the time for all non-machine activities such as setup and teardown. If this value is not known, enter a value that matches the Expected Part Time. The values entered here are used as the basis for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) calculations. Time values can be entered to the millisecond (h:m:s.sss).
The Setup Tracking field allows you to select how MachineMetrics will treat setup time for the Operation.
Allow Start in Setup with Expected Time- MachineMetrics will treat setup time that exceeds the time specified in the Expected Setup Time field as unplanned downtime.
Automatic Start Value
Operation Dispatch refers to the Machines the Operation will be dispatched to (meaning which Operators will see this Operation available on their Operator Dashboard or which Machines this Operation can be run on) and the default standards for the Machines running this Operation. Selections include:
- All Machines- This Operation will be available on all Machines in your MachineMetrics environment
- Group & Customized List- This Operation will be available on the Machine group you select as well as any additional Custom Machines you add
- Only Customized List- This Operation will only be available on the Custom Machines only
Note: Custom Machines refers to two things:
- Machines that are not part of the group selected that you would also like to be able to run this Operation.
- Machines that are either part of the group of Machines selected or not that have unique standards added the running this Operation.
Please Note: If your company uses Auto-Operation Dispatch, your form will include a toggle option to Start Operation Based on Configured Program. When turned on, the program names entered will be the only program names used by MachineMetrics to start this Operation. All other program names will be ignored.
The machine tiles on the Performance Dashboard for machines running this Operation will display different colors depending on the actual performance compared to the parts goal percentages entered in this section. If you do not change the percentages here, the Operation will use the System Settings performance goals. The goals set here are also used as the basis for setting up and sending Operation-based Notifications.
After selecting Add Notification, you will have the opportunity to choose who within your organization you would like to notify and the conditions for the notification.
Please note: Only individuals who have been added to your MachineMetrics account will be available in the drop-down. Additionally, these notifications will only be sent to users who have configured their profile to include their mobile number and/or email. To ensure your notifications reach the correct person, please make sure your team is added to your account and that each has their preferences configured.
To learn more about Users and Profiles see below:
Review & Add
Please review the Operation information and add it to your Operations list. Once saved, you will see the Operation listed on the Operations Page. From there you can View Report, Edit, or Expand within the list.