Create digital assembly protocols directly in the process

Daniel Grobe
Operative Business
24.05.2019 | 3 min
In this article you will learn how you can digitally record the assembly of machines and systems and how you can use assembly records in a variety of ways throughout the life cycle of the machines.
Machine and plant manufacturers in all industries are facing ever greater challenges due to constantly increasing product diversity and batch size 1 production. Customer requirements in the B2B sector are becoming increasingly complex and individual due to the increasing demands of end customers. Only rarely is one and the same machine built several times and delivered to different customers. The same applies to cars and many other end customer products that have to be assembled in a production plant. In addition, there are various legal obligations to provide evidence, which can be worth gold for the manufacturer in the event of a case.
Digital assembly protocols for more quality and safety
Assembly records have therefore long been a duty in production – whether to enable subsequent repairs or maintenance to be carried out properly or to assert or exclude any liability claims. With digital assembly logs, you not only ensure legal compliance (more about the topic), but you also make it easier for your employees to create assembly logs and at the same time increase the quality of this and the assembled machine.

The software company cioplenu has developed a digital platform that links assembly instructions with protocols and documentation on an interactive platform. With the help of this platform, your production staff can easily create all assembly logs during the assembly process – without forgetting a work step or a component.

Work through standards and document special features
The idea behind it is very simple. An assembly protocol is configured from individually relevant modules. This eliminates all fields and steps that are not required for the manufactured machine. The protocol already serves as assembly instructions during the construction of the machine, through which the worker is guided step-by-step by means of photos, videos and text instructions. Each step is marked as “completed” by a confirmation click of the worker and logged at the same time. Irregularities as well as tricks can be noted by the worker directly during the assembly process.

The resulting protocol can be used during disassembly for transport as well as for reassembly at the customer’s site, thus enabling the correct execution of all work steps. The maintenance plan for the machine can then be drawn up on the basis of the assembly protocol and serve as an important reference work for any repairs or replacement of wearing parts.

Efficient and clear report generation without paper
With the help of a digital assembly protocol, your workers become significantly more efficient. The handwritten completion of an endless number of slips of paper is no longer necessary, and the digital entries enable the unambiguous legibility and completeness of all data. The inhibition threshold of finally opening the folder with the papers becomes obsolete and the handling of the interactive software during the assembly process is even fun.

As soon as the protocol has been completed, the responsible worker can confirm the completion of the project with his digital signature and send the protocol to his project manager or supervisor for review and approval. The latter also performs the digital approval by signature or click. A previously defined role concept ensures security and validity.
So forget about prefabricated assembly protocol sheets and rely on digital protocols. Readable, secure and always available.

Digital assembly protocols have many advantages compared to paper protocols. Not only are they archivable over a long period of time and always available at all locations, but they are also distinguished by their flexible applicability. The installation log can thus provide important information for maintenance plans and repairs and supplement the overall system documentation in a meaningful way.

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