“With an objective to increase production without machine changes, Red Lion’s ProducTVity Station and Graphite HMI solution enabled Blizzard to collect and display real-time data to help improve overall profitability. This allowed the organization to easily use KPIs and productivity metrics to proactively minimize downtime and drive higher production output.” - Reliste GmbH
Blizzard, a leading ski manufacturer based in Austria, was looking for an industrial
automation solution to extend manufacturing visibility and control across five machine
production stations for wood working, sanding, pressing, assembly and packaging.
In addition to utilizing existing hardware, the industrial solution needed to collect
Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data and send Andon messages from key production
equipment as well as display profitability metrics in the production hall.
Blizzard worked with Red Lion distributor Reliste, an Austrian provider of control and
communication systems, to deploy Red Lion’s ProducTVity Stations and a Graphite®
Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panel alongside its existing hardware,
which includes a data logger that utilizes Modbus TCP/IP for device-to-device
communication. The combined Red Lion solution enables Blizzard to improve
profitability by driving production efficiency without machine changes.
With support for over 300 industrial protocols, multiple communication ports and a
display output, the ProducTVity Station is a visual management system that collects
real-time data and performance metrics from Blizzard’s manufacturing operations.
ProducTVity Stations were installed along with a local PC at Blizzard’s wood core,
pressing, assembly and packaging stations to collect KPI data for current piece
count, nominal piece count and nominal piece count for the current work period.
These metrics are then displayed on a production scoreboard via a television that
can be viewed by employees and management. In addition, a rugged Graphite HMI
was installed at the Blizzard sanding station to enable easy touchscreen input in a
highly dusty environment.
The Red Lion solution enables Blizzard to raise production output and minimize
equipment downtimes. By adding a visual management scoreboard to the Blizzard
production hall, the manufacturing team is now able to see graphical representations
of real-time production data. This data includes completed and target piece count
metrics from five wood working, sanding, pressing, assembly and packaging machine
production stations. Easy at-a-glance visual access to this information allows personnel
to proactively monitor and manage each station to meet production goals and better
support downstream operations.
In addition to production metrics, manufacturing equipment statuses are also displayed. Operators or maintenance workers can quickly see and react if a machine is operational, being resupplied or out of service based on the icons and colors associate to the equipment on the display. With this form of visual management, Blizzard expects to achieve a greater degree of transparency regarding overall production activity.