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Workplace Planner

Workplace Planner

Visualize and analyze walk-path diagrams directly within AutoCAD to determine operator walk times, value-added work, travel distances, ergonomic impact, and more

Lean and Ergonomic Analysis of Multiple Operators

  • Automatically create operator flow paths based on task assignment and manually add user-defined paths.

  • Automatically scale path segment thickness according to walk intensity, and create variable-sized flow path arrows and distance labels.

  • Automatically compute LEAN value-added percentages.

  • Animate operator walk flows in 2D or 3D for stationary or moving parts.

  • Synchronize up to 3 workers concurrently and diagram operator walk paths with unique colors per operator.

  • Analyze up to 1000 flow paths and up to 25 operators concurrently.

  • Leverage AutoCAD labels for pick-up and delivery locations and lines that represent aisles in the plant. 

  • Evaluate Lift and Carry of weight according to the OSHA approved “SNOOK” method.

  • Using NIOSH lift and carry and GARG energy expenditure tables, Workplace Planner calculates the ergonomic factors associated with each task and evaluates risk for each operator. These outputs greatly reduce risk and enable for the reduction of labor injuries.

Leverage MTM and Modapts Data

  • Evaluate MODAPTS, MTM-1/UAS/B and user defined process time codes, or interface with Proplanner, Microsoft Excel and other standard work measurement systems to evaluate additional labor time standards.

  • Interpret standard work codes the pre-determined labor times from these organizations to calculate processing and walk times.

  • Automatically create Action and Walk parameter values for predetermined walk activities to improve study accuracy effortlessly.

  • Combine with AutoCAD work station layout drawings to create walk path diagrams.

Flexible Work Station Planning

  • Eliminate guessing and allow easy analysis of cycle times, value-added work percentages, and ergonomic issues for the proposed workplace by incorporating process times, walk times, LEAN analysis, and ergonomics assessments.

  • Evaluate simultaneous operations in linked work stations to see how changes in the process times will impact downstream operations.

  • Set up each workstation for the best line-side presentation of parts to reduce the time spent walking and improve efficiency of manual operations.

Drawing Outputs

  • Automatically overlay walk path lines, direction arrows, and distance labels on the AutoCAD drawing.  The Workplace Planner outputs to the drawing by placing walk path lines, direction arrows, and distance labels all on the drawing. 

  • Import from and export to Excel CSV files.

What are the advantages of using Workplace Planner over manual and visual improvement?

  • Both 2D and 3D outputs that accurately represent the work space are easy to understand and suggest improvement possibilities. They make clear presentation material for those unfamiliar with the station setup and operation. 

  • LEAN analysis is a must in today's work place but is also time consuming. The integration between the time standard data and the physical layout provides a level of data accuracy and ultimately reduction in operator injuries that cannot be achieved by manual or ad hoc methods.

 

Proplanner provides a single system for engineers to create a plan for manufacturing. We suggest you review these solutions next:

APS

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MES

New work instructions are generated automatically when new line balances are developed

PLM

Parts can be mapped directly from the BOM to tasks in the routing

M&LP

Parts mapped to tasks can update logistics planning (PFEP)

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