Deadline Solutuions, Inc. has developed a new type of Web Framework, a - Vertical Web Framework – to enable our customers to realize productivity gains.
What is a Vertical Web Framework (VWF)? A VWF is a framework that does one thing really well – in our case, it allows for the gathering of production and shop floor data into a database as quickly as possible. Totally configurable and flexible and you don’t need a Web programmer to configure your forms.
Meet Electronic Process Logbooks (EPL) The first system based on our ‘Forms VWF’
Because our customers tend to be manufacturers, we found a need to provide an IT tool that allows our customers to quickly roll out Web pages that will let them enter information related to their Work Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures, and standard data entry. ‘Paper to glass’ as fast as possible while still maintaining control.
Systems like these are starting to dominate the manufacturing shop floor. Enabling Plant personnel to quickly configure screens and grab information via existing workstations and portable tablets is allowing companies to quickly retire the paper based data gathering processes. All this can be done when it is convenient or necessary for the company without having to engage massive amounts of IT resources. Imagine the day when managers and operation personnel can initiate web based activities (i.e. data gathering and analysis) without having to be a web programmer. That day is today…….
In the era of ‘big data’, paper, although reliable and often convenient for data capture, becomes really inconvenient when attempting to harvest uniform information from it or to store it. The ability to retrieve information and examine it for patterns or Quality Critical Information is lost. Storing paper also becomes very expensive and requires a lot of square footage over time.
If your company has a paper based data recording system for manufacturing or quality data, moving to an electronic version will allow for productivity gains in the following areas in all three areas – Implementation, Usage, and Archive:
- Implementation - Paper to glass implementation is more cost effective since IT does not have to be involved – Configure your forms and roll them out to the production areas
- Plant personnel use web browsers and tablets instead of paper and binders – Productivity gains are realized at the data gathering task and on the review of the data.
- Companies can now ‘review on exception’ as opposed to reviewing all recorded data
- Data can be easily searched
- Archive – All information is electronically archived, thereby eliminating expensive storage and retrieval space
Examining the list above demonstrates how a company can get cost savings in every area of data gathering. An attractive incentive to move to a system like this.
These are just some of the gains companies can realize by using a tool that allows them to go from one process (paper) to another (electronic) quickly with a streamlined approach.
Gains in Productivity and Reductions in Cost! As System Integrators, we always try to do more for our customer base and industry.
“EPL- Windows forms for the Web. Web Forms for the rest of us….”