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What Is It?

Shop Activity & Labor Management is foundational to the ShopVue system, and provides powerful, configurable labor tracking. Shop Activity & Labor Management captures and delivers the metrics that help you measure and improve labor efficiency, both direct and indirect. Therefore, that data must be accurate, comprehensive and easily captured from Operators and/or machines.

Unique Features & Capabilities

Configurable Validations

Foolproof your data collection process using the built-in suite of configurable validations. You can modify pre-built or create new validation schemes (such as Precise Piece Tracking after Gateway, Quantity Reasonable Based on Actual Time, and Sequence Checking) to ensure that operations are done in the right sequential order. If operators make an entry error, they are given a soft warning, a hard stop, or a prompt that requires a supervisor to proceed.

EZ Scan

Operators can complete key interactions, such as finishing one job and starting another, simply by scanning just one concatenated bar code. ShopVue can load an order into the Operator’s console to prompt a ‘start’ or ‘stop’ action, and then to calculate the elapsed labor time.

User-Defined Fields

Configure touchable forms to collect data with text boxes, drop-down lists, and checkboxes.

Batch & One-Touch Reporting

Operators can report short-duration jobs in a batch rather than making multiple trips back to the terminal. For example, if an operator reports working four jobs between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., ShopVue would assign 15 minutes to each job. Additionally, simple popup reports can be configured to report on almost any data with just a single touch. For example, a popup listing could display each day’s output against targets and the computation of this week’s group bonus. Note that all labor reporting is calculated real-time based on an Operator’s inputs of starts/stops.

Overtime Distribution

The Overtime Hours feature allows you to associate overtime to specific jobs — and better allocate costs. For example, if a special order for Customer ABC runs from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. and operators begin accumulating overtime at 3:30 p.m., ShopVue can record a premium labor rate from 3:30 p.m. onward.

Setup Analysis

Setup Analysis allows you to specify how long it takes to do both major and minor setup steps for each work center, or if necessary, each specific machine. On-demand reports can answer key questions, such as: Are orders being sequenced properly? Are setups being shared? Are we minimizing major changeovers? This data can accelerate your progress to optimizing production.

Why Do I Need It?

With this module, information about direct and indirect labor, parts, and orders is captured continuously at its sources — and is available on a real-time basis to supervisors for critical analysis and decision making.

The module also streamlines operators’ workflow.  For example, EZ Scan enables operators to complete key interactions simply by scanning a bar code; ShopVue then automatically calculates the elapsed labor time as the duration of a task. Batch reporting offers operators the ability to enter short-duration, less significant jobs in bulk rather than making multiple trips back to the terminal. See below for sample shop activity / labor screens and workflow.

  1. An employee scans the order and step on a barcode traveler to start a Run. ShopVue assumes the previous operation is stopped.
  2. The green row on the Activity List indicates the new Run.
  3. The Console prompts the employee to enter quantity good and scrap information for the previous operation.

How Do We Measure Its Value?

ShopVue Activity & Labor Management helps you understand what your people are doing, and where the orders are at any given moment. This core module quickly captures and reports on the critical data that supervisors and managers need to have real-time visibility into labor efficiencies and WIP status.  ShopVue’s simple, streamlined interface requires only moments of time, and keeps your shop employees on the job.  

The impact of ShopVue Activity & Labor Management can be measured by improving metrics for Work-In-Process (WIP), Net Labor Efficiency (NLE) and Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).  These three key metrics measure your shop floor’s improving production efficiencies.