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eKitting

eKitting

Generate pick lists and track and manage kit carts and sequenced items for specific units and batches on the line
 


 

Automatic Generation and Sequencing of Configured Kits

Based on the ERP mBOM for each unit and the Plan For Every Part data, the list and quantity of required parts is generated automatically. The more complex the product and more varied the customer order, the more challenging kit generation is, which is why Proplanner's automatic generation based on the mBOM, process, and logistics planning data available is so valuable.  

The kits are sequenced so that picking can be performed based on the sequence of units on the line.  Kit data can also be sent directly to a warehouse management system. 

 

Part Picking Validation

By using handheld scanners, kit pickers are guided to the location of each part and scan part location barcodes to ensure that each kit is built correctly.  This significantly improves the accuracy of the parts delivered to the line and reduces the lineside inventory required.  

Part pickers can mark parts as skipped in the case of a missing or damaged part, so that the kit proceeds through its cycle when necessary, but it is tagged as an incomplete kit on the status dashboards and to any operator working on the unit the kit belongs to.

Live Part Status Dashboards

Live Dashboards convey the status of each kit and each unit on the line to assembly, logistics, and warehouse teams.  The increased visibility allows for greater reaction time in the case of missing, damaged, or otherwise unavailable parts to reduce overall part shortages at the line.  


Part Picker Dashboard
 

Tow Train Driver Dashboard

Hot Calls from the Line

If a kit is delivered to the line with a skipped or a missing part, and is not received by the time the operator starts work on the corresponding unit, the operator can file a "hot call" for the part through their work instruction on Proplanner's Shop Floor Viewer.  This triggers a kanban card to be printed for that part in the supermarket, warehouse, or external vendor, so that the part can be delivered quickly through a kanban cycle.  Through the live dashboards, the operator can track the status of the kanban delivery. 

Why is Proplanner's eKitting solution more effective than ERP's kitting tools?

  • Engineering changes and line re-balances can be phased in accurately with the use of date and unit serial-based effectivity filtering.
  • Kits can be picked for single or multiple units. 
  • Kits for single units can travel and be tracked with the unit down the line. 
  • Part picking can be triggered in the supermarket rather than by a pull system from the line. 
  • Transaction data can be leveraged with material flow analysis tools. 
  • The grid interface feels and functions like Excel for editing.

Why not continue using Excel to plan for and manage kit deliveries?
Manual planning by one user a time of all kitted parts and their delivery timing, with no integration to ECOs and mBOMs simply leads to too many errors on the floor. 

Assembly Planner integrates process planning data with the mBOM and build list to implement effective kit generation and delivery:

  • Automatic generation of the pick list for each kit

  • Verification scans of each part picked

  • Progress scans indicate the status of the kit

  • Multiple kitting strategies supported

  • Hot calls automatically trigger requests to the part's source

  • Live status dashboards give all teams visibility into parts or kits that may cause issues

 

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

PLM

PFEP updated driven by BOM/Engineering Change

MES

Work instructions synchronized with kit carts

APP

Activity part consumption signals parts requirements at a station

APS

Kitting pick list sequence automatically updated after units are re-sequenced

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