At MFG Vision we recognise that every customer is unique and every customer’s requirements are different. We work side by side with our customers to understand their requirements and put in place an implementation plan that is right for that customer. Phased implementations are common. Below are the broad, standard steps that any company should undertake, MFG Vision usually get involved from step 3 onwards and can certainly help with step 1.
Our aim with a phased implementation is to ensure you get a return on your investment in our software very quickly, then you will see the benefit of moving on to phase 2 and on…
1. Understand your current system status
What is your present system like? What are the drawbacks? I saw an example recently where engineers in one country spend hours downloading data to their desktop in order to do analysis. They are feeling the pain of a system creaking with old age.
2. Compare solutions
No solution is perfect for everybody. Take a good look at what is new in the industry. There are some innovative ideas around. How about adding a collaboration engine to your analysis tool?
3. Bring in the right systems and experts to agree the next steps
Understand not only if the system you are looking at has the right functionality, but more importantly you need to know that you will receive the right support to achieve the return on your investment. This can all come from working with the right people.
4. Get visibility, give visibility
It’s amazing how many people cannot see their data. Even if they can they have to wait hours to get it, are restricted how much data can be viewed at one time, are restricted to only a certain desktop to access the data. I believe a key step is to get data anywhere, anytime. Give this visibility to your engineers. Both through access to the system and training.
5. Add functionality
Now that you can see your data and your team are trained on the basics it is time to start to implement those functions that you dreamed of but had no time to work on. Maybe gage R&R analysis, Lots on Hold control, Part Average Testing….
By this time there will be significant improvements in place (if you made the right choices in steps 1-3). It should already be clear that there is good return on investment and further enhancements to the system can be discussed.