Manufacturing Change Request

Get a handle on Change

Change control can be daunting tasks when planning the manufacturing, maintenance, or overhaul of complex products with intricate processes. EASEworks streamlines and expedites this process facilitating the deployment of instruction revisions to the shop floor.

The Manufacturing Change Request (MCR) Module allows Production Engineers to maintain control of all aspects of manufacturing change, whether originated in design, the shop floor, or from their own solutions and Six Sigma projects.

Integrated 
MCR is an integrated, web-based change control system software that connects different departments with data and processes under a secure and centralized system. This connectivity vastly improves efficiency through automatic task assignment, routing, scheduling, notification, and escalation of incomplete tasks. It directly interfaces with document control and on-line work instructions, allowing both operators and Engineers to request change.
Efficient 
MCR is designed to efficiently manage all tasks that the change causes, with particular emphasis on document control and approval. Not only can Engineers submit changes, but approvers can review effected documents and procedures prior to approval. Once the MCR is approved, then any process document, FMEA, and Control Plan changes are not only scheduled, but have to be approved before the MCR can be implemented. Other tasks that may be impacted by the change, such as operator training, material handling, and maintenance can also be project managed. All stake holders are automatically notified as to the progress.
Timely 
MCR allows any party to raise a Request For Change (RFC) via the web. Engineers review the request and, if accepted, submit it for approval. Once approved, stake holders are notified and tasks are assigned. Tasks are tracked as completed and the MCR is implemented once all tasks are complete and effective dates met.

Benefits

• Integrated 
MCR integrates with document control change history. The reason for change and description are automatically carried across to all related documents, as well as the MCR number.
• Fast 
MCR integrates and streamlines the entire change control procedure for faster turn-around. Change can be “project managed.”
• Web Based 
Web-based and e-mail linked. Approvers can access the application from e-mail links. Web-based application allows all parties easy access to MCR.
• Comprehensive 
Covers both Temporary and Permanent functions with effective dates. MCR is automatically released on completion of last task and effective date met. All parties notified. MCR controls the request, submission, evaluation, approval or rejection, and implementation or withdrawal of the project.
• Task Oriented 
Approved MCRs have task lists with due dates that must be completed before an MCR can be implemented on the shop floor. Tasks could include: Process Document review and change, FMEA review and change, Control Plan review and change, Safety review, Material Handling changes, Maintenance and Tooling changes.
• Metrics 
Charts, metrics, and reports are on line and exportable to Excel.
• Complete Control 
MCR offers fast, efficient, and complete control of manufacturing change. All changes can be controlled and tracked. The Timeline Project Chart allows you to see the state of the MCR at a glance.
• Automated 
MCR sends automatic e-mails for approvers, task owners, and those who require notification of status and implementation.
• Real Time 
Real-time status for all manufacturing change control tasks.
• Accessible 
Change requests can be submitted on-line by staff and operators involved in the manufacturing process for ME evaluation.
• Traceable 
Traceability and history.

Features

• Open
Anyone can request a change.
• Time Line
Each MCR has its own time line project chart, giving a quick reference to an MCR status or history.
• User Defined Templates 
Templates based on a given type of change can be set up to drive/notify authorization and task lists.
• Tracking & Charting 
All requests and statuses are tracked including requests, requests denied, submitted, rejected, withdrawn, pending, and implemented. Metrics are on-line.
• Preview 
Authorizer can see operator instructions before implementation.
• Export 
Export of MCR status data to Excel.
• Re-submission 
Re-submittal is allowed, rejection history is available. To close a rejected MCR, it must be withdrawn.
• Mutiple Control 
Multiple documents and routings can be affected by the same MCR.

Testimonials

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