PRODUCTSOLSOM offers the line-up of software products united under the trade mark AGW. AGW software addresses the challenges of workflow automation, real-time data collection, system integration and business insight. It offers scalable, high-performance, reliable and flexible solutions that meet the demand of intelligent process automation for manufacturers, 3PLs, distributors and other spheres of business. Ranging a wide set of solutions from a small tailored operator support systems or system integration platforms to powerful business decision-making support environments AGW offers scalable execution network for enterprise. Modular nature of AGW architecture secures scalability and flexibility of AGW line-up to meat unique business requirements allowing to best way support your operations.
ArchitectureAGW software offers a worklfow engine that provides a powerful environment for rapid development and implementation of automation workflows. Workflows are the sequenced actions that define the interactions between people, equipment and systems in the normal course of operations as well as in response to unexpected events. AGW workflows designed in a form of process flowcharts. AGW workflows can be utilized for flexible process automation. In combination with AGW Business Kits AGW workflow is a powerful tool for process automation of applied business domains. However AGW core itself can be utilized independently for a wide class of process automation and system integration tasks due to the following software features:
- Business Logic and Scripting
- Templates and Reusability
- User Interface
- Labels and Reports
- Revision Tracking
- Load Balancing
Business Logic and ScriptingBusiness logic in AGW is designed in form of workflow diagrams. Each specific process is introduced with its own diagram. Diagram is very similar to the process flowchart one draws in Microsoft Visio® or alike products. Activities represented with AGW operations (blocks) linked with each other. AGW core provides a set of generic operations, i.e. connectivity, scripting, database operations, etc. AGW Business Kits also provide libraries of operations (plug-ins) executing specific business functions, i.e. validate serial number, or create trace record, or load scanned good in container. Error handling is automated on the workflow level although business exceptions anticipated to be handled by workflow business logic. AGW Business Kits also introduce business data models and web applications to manage this data model. AGW supports scripting using JScript language. If required operation is missing it can be easily coded "on fly" using JScript. No compiler required, change can be performed right in a live environment. JScript is well defined, well documented scripting language that does not require in-depth programming skills.
Templates and ReusabilityAGW provides reusability on multiple levels:
- Diagram level. Same diagrame may be used at number of places with alike process. For example multiple assembly stations on the plant floor performing identical set of operations. Diagrams may be coppied over (export/import) from one AGW project to another. AGW Business Kits supplied this the number of typical for the business appliance diagram templates (i.e. "Unload station", "QC station", "OEE station", etc.)
- Script level. Standard scripts can be organized in libraries and called as needed from different workflows.
- Screen level. User screens can also be shared between different workflows. Screens can be exported to another AGW projects. AGW Business Kits supplied with the number of standard for applied business area screen templates (i.e. "Pack-out", "Production Release", "Stock Picking").
- Label level. Similar to diagram and screens designed labels can be reused within one AGW project as well as exported to another AGW project. AGW Business Kits supplied with standard label libraries (i.e. "ODETTE Transportaion Label", "Renault L3PS Label", etc.).
ConnectivityAGW software offers a broad spectrum of various standard connections such as:
- SQL OLE DB connector
- File System connector
- FTP connector
- Serial (RS-232) connector
- SMTP connector
- TCP connector (both client and server)
- MSMQ connector
- Sonic MQ connector
- SOPC connector
- Web Services connector
User InterfaceFor user instructions AGW software provides a way to design user interface screens that are purposed to guide end users through workflows. Screens are easily created inside AGW Workbench application and linked to the AGW workflows through AGW Data Hub that allows to communicate different AGW modules between each other. Instead of using fixed UI design AGW offers users to design individual screens with desired look and feel. Powerful reusability features allow to create and use screen templates. AGW supports user screens for Microsoft Windows® PC based stations as well as Microsoft Windows CE® devices such as data processing terminals or simply mobile phones.
Labels and ReportsAGW printing module allows design and print various labels and reports. AGW software offers embeded labeling mechanism. AGW Workbench has label designer that allows to create and manage labels and print them from AGW workflows. AGW supports printing through Win GDI drivers as well as direct support of some printing languages, i.e. DPL, ZPL, IGB that improves printing performance and secures stability. Apart from embeded labeling system AGW also integrates with 3rd-party reporting software such as Crystal Reports, Fast Reports, etc.
LocalizationEmbeded dictionariry is a great deal for real time localization of user interface. User screens have menu that allows to choose the languge of user interface with a single click. Solution may be designed in one language with further completion of the dictionary that will provide user interface in other languages. Another benefit of dynamic localization is supportability - global support teams are able to swiftly switch localized screens to English to see user instructions, error messages, etc.
Revision TrackingAGW Workbench tracks revisions of AGW projects. It allows to review who modified configuration and when and revert to the earlier revision.
Load BalancingSince scalability and performance are major keys for AGW the software is designed with the possibility to easily leverage AGW projects between AGW instances. AGW instance can run one to many projects. Same time one to many AGW instances can run on a single box. Projects can be distributed between different instances and boxes to support load balancing.
AGW MESAGW MES is the fully featured ISA-95 compliant Manufacturing Execution System(MES). MES is an online integrated computerized system that is the accumulation of the methods and tools used to accomplish production. The ISA 95 model defines a clear split between ERP and MES.
Process, Product & Production ModelsAGW MES functionality is distributed between 4 operational areas defined by ISA-95 model:
- Production Capability and Capacity - Defines resources available for production, such as personnel, manufacturing equipment, material resources and business processes. These resource categories configurable in AGW MES product.
- Product Definitions - Defines what needed to produce a product. AGW MES allows defining the structure of each product (BOM) and mapping it on the manufacturing steps according to product routings. The business logic of process steps implemented with AGW workflows.
- Production Schedule - Defines what needs to be produced and what resources to use. AGW MES supports the number of production scenarios such as "Build-To-Batch", "Build-To-Schedule", "Build-To-Sequence", "Build-To-Order". Also AGW MES supports electronic Kanban systems that allow triggering production per stock replenishment.
- Production Performance - Defines the number of metrics to assess production performance. The continuous process improvement is a key for lean manufacturing. Analysis of production performance is a mandatory step on a way to continuous improvement. AGW MES offers a number of production metrics such as FTT, OEE, DTD, etc. for the business analysis of manufacturing process.
Asset and Material Management: Configuration of facilities, work centers and stations; configuration of materials, BOM and routings; definition of production model. Organization of entire manufacturing process in individual cells and steps. Allows sharing of manufacturing cells between multiple models and products. Integration with ERP's to load asset and material master data into MES layer. Supports engineering changes; revisioning of materials and BOM.
Production Scheduling: Scheduling of production in time. Either manual (drag & drop interface) or automated following predefined criteria. Allows using of alternate resources according to part routings. Commonly used in the "Build-To-Schedule" production scenario. Provides ability to schedule downtime, such as breaks and maintenance. Integration with ERP's to load production plans for further scheduling.
Product and Process Traceability: Controls and records each step of the manufacturing process to provide complete traceability. Provides insight on the build process of the specific product answering questions: "What was done?", "Where it was done?", "When it was done?" and "By whom?"
Quality and Error Proofing: Controls operators and prevents them from mistakes. Minimization of "human factor".
Product Labeling: Printing of production, customer, container and many other label types. Serialization of parts, containers, etc.
Operator instructions: Guides operators at the plant floor in regards to the process steps, procedures, quality norms, etc.
Order Management: Full cycle management of customer orders from the time of reception to delivery.
Sequencing: Supports integration of EDI of different format (EDIFACT, VDA, flat text, XML, etc.). Sequences customer orders to the production lines, subassemblies and containers. Commonly used in the "Build-To-Sequence" and "Pick-To-Sequence" production scenarios.
Packing and Dispatch: Controls various packing scenarios such as batch or sequenced, shipment loading and goods delivery to the customer.
Interfaces with ERP's: Miscelenious interfaces with different ERP's such as SAP, MFGPro, AS400, CMMS.
Production Metrics: Calculates production metrics, such as FTT, OEE, DTD, scrap rates, etc. that allow to analyze and assess manufacturing efficiency.
AGW WMSAGW WMS product provides control and visibility of your inventory from the time you receive a shipment until finished goods leave your warehouse. AGW WMS is designed to optimize movement of your inventory across your facility. From materials receiving down through the manufacturing process until packing and shipping to the customer AGW WMS helps to direct your inventory in an optimal way providing up-to-the-minute information on the quantity, location, status, and history of every item including work-in-process and finished goods. AGW supports Win CE data processing terminals and RFID to execute operations with inventory in a mobile fashion.
Receiving and Putaway
- Allows goods receiving to incoming stock on a part or container or pallet level
- Supports scan in with data processing terminal or RFID
- Collects shipment number, trailer number, vendor information, etc.
- Collects palette/container/SKU numbers, quantities and attributes, i.e. lot numbers or serial numbers
- Supports repack into internal dunnage
- Allows to direct incoming goods to the stock based on predetermined criteria
- Allows to scan in location to associate it with the SKU
- In integration with AGW MES allows to advice SKU pickup from the storage and move to manufacturing cells based on production schedule
- Scan of containers and items at production cells to trace material movement
- Supports electronic Kanban systems
EDI and Sequencing
- Receive EDI massages and record customer orders
- Sequence customer orders to packaging and shipments
- Records customer orders through EDI, Web EDI or manual input
- Verifies conditions to fulfill customer order (material availability, resources, etc.) and triggers alerts
- Supports prioritization and sequencing of customer orders
- Manages customer orders from receiving through manufacturing/picking and packing until delivered to the customer
- Ships customer orders; generates ASN
- Allows to set up geometrical configuration of warehouse and assign addresses to locations
- Allows to associate certain parts, containers or pallets with locations using data processing terminals
- Advise locations where required SKU stored
- Advise operator where required material can be picked (location)
- Track replenishment job via scanning part/container/pallet and location
- Advise operator where to move job
- Confirm job completion by scanning part/container/pallet and location
- RFID support
- Records part history (area, stock, location, pallet number, container number) as it moves around
- Allows to monitor available and reserved SKU quantities
- Allows to monitor SKU locations
Picking and Packing
- Advices location(s) where required material can be picked
- Generates picking lists
- Confirm picking by scanning part number or serial number
- Supports FIFO, LIFO, FEFO picking algorithms
- Controls packing in containers and on pallets
- Supports chaos, batch and sequenced packing
- Generates item, container and pallet labels
- Reports to ERP's
- Allows to control loading of pallets and containers to trucks
- Supports sequenced and batch shipments
- Generates ASN, Packaging Lists, Bill of Lading, Pro-forma Invoice
- Generates AVIEXP / DESADV EDI
- Reports to ERP's
AGW OEEOverall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) evaluates how effectively a manufacturing operation is utilized. OLSOM offers an out-of-the-box OEE product for discrete manufacturing. Being built on top of AGW MES it's focused specifically on the calculation and visualization of OEE metrics. If you are looking explicitly for OEE calculation and do not require any other MES features like traceability or error proofing AGW OEE product is just the right selection.
- Production planning per shift - high level planning with products and quantities for each production shift or day
- Detailed production schedule - per-hour schedule based on production parameters, i.e. tact time; scheduling planned downtimes
- Production plan loaded from ERP with further detailed scheduling/adjustment
Direct I/O capabilities
- Reach connectivity capabilities with plant floor equipment for acquisition of production activities (start cycle, end cycle, cycle OK/NOK, form, tool or program change, etc.)
- Counting of produced products, scrapped products
Scrap and Downtimes
- Automatic registration based on information from production equipment
- Planned/scheduled downtime (maintenance, break)
- Manual input by operator
OEE Operator Board
- Visualize production plan vs. actual progress; ongoing OEE, scrap rate and downtime
- Visualize current job and status of production equipment
- Registration of scrap and downtime
- Visualize work instructions (product and process guidelines, operator manuals, quality norms, etc.)
- Operator tracking to ensure that only trained operators work in critical operations
Visualization, Reporting, Alarming
- OEE web andon board to give an oversight on the current ongoing metrics and trends
- Historical reports - various reports that show production, scrap, downtime statistics and OEE with drill down per process cells, equipment, operators; export to MS Excel
- Possibility to retrospectively revise production statistics
- Event driven alarms distributed via emails and/or paging, i.e. disconnect of the equipment, or unplanned downtime, or critically low ongoing OEE, high scrap rate, etc.