Work Instructions

Develop fast, accurate Work Instructions with Applied Logistics

Use multimedia graphics, digital images, and text to create and deliver work instructions to the end user, online or as hard copy.

Many terms are used in the industry to describe the information developed by Manufacturing and Process Engineers to support the factory floor. These terms include: Work Instructions, Process Documentation, Computer Aided Process Planning, Standard Operating Procedures, Job Instructions, Method Sheets, etc. They typically encompass any information the shop floor supervision and operators might need to complete a task. Information includes Routers, CAD, Video, Graphics, Work Standards, Ergonomic Assessment and Analysis, Tooling, Job Aids Required, Material and Parts Lists, MSDS, HACCP’s, Control Plans, and FMEA’s.
The Work Instructions Module is designed to provide Engineers with the ability to create manufacturing and assembly plans for any product or process. With the extensive capabilities of the Work Instructions Module, Engineers can define, create, save, and deliver detailed work instructions to any authorized user either electronically, using the web-enabled viewing capability of the system, or as a hard copy.
EASEworks improves the efficiency of your factory. Operators will spend more time doing the job they are trained to do and less time looking for documents, waiting for corrections, or waiting for repair instructions. Learning curves and potential for mistakes are greatly reduced with enhanced Work Instructions. Work Instructions usage is tracked and is instantly available for reports and analysis.

Benefits

• Reduced Planning Time
Manufacturing Engineers can generate electronic Work Instructions faster and with greater accuracy. These documents are displayed via the web on the shop floor. The transition to a complete paperless system for managing operations will yield the following immediate benefits: elimination of clerical work needed to update and replace documents; fast deployment of engineering changes to the shop; consistent job performance, using the correct and latest versions of drawings, instructions, and parts.
• Quick Response to Engineering Changes 
Manufacturing Engineers can rapidly respond to engineering change. Once the MCR is approved, you can easily update and publish your work instructions.
• Reduced Scrap 
Work Instructions created using computer aided techniques increase the productivity of the manufacturing engineering department and allow more time for improving the manufacturing process and quality of the parts produced.
• Easily Accessible 
EASEworks is designed to allow documents to be easily presented. By indexing documents by process and/or location, they are accessible to all parties. Managers spend two hours per day searching for information of which more than 50% has no value. Shared Reference Documents Reusable instructions are managed in the Shared Reference Document library. For each document, a list of which process to use is available. Historical integrity is maintained for each document, and they have their own revision control.
• ISO 9001: 2000 Compliance 
EASEworks provides control and dissemination of any type of manufacturing document. Additionally, EASE supports ISO 9001:2000. You need a documented procedure to control quality documents in your company. Everyone must have access to up-to-date documents and be aware of how to use them.
• Improved Quality 
Shop floor operators can see the latest Work Instructions, with effective and easy-to-understand graphics, digital images, text, and quality standards using a web browser. EASEworks allows your work instructions to be indexed by step, so an operator can rapidly access data pertinent to the task at hand.
• Support for Lean Manufacturing
EASEworks neatly combines the many aspects of standardized work into one accessible area. This includes cycle times, production sequences, methods, operator procedures, work instructions, quality control checks, safety issues, material plans, optional WIP, and layout.
• Shop Floor Data Collection 
ViewEASE supports operator In Process Checks and Audits. Operators can confirm, acknowledge, measure, record, and pass/fail. Data collection is launched directly from the work instructions. The operator is alerted when entered data is outside specified control limits and supervisor sign-off is required.

Features

• Web Enabled 
ViewEASE is a web-based document viewer seamlessly integrated with the Work Instructions module. ViewEASE allows the user to view documentation from any other EASEworks Module on demand via Internet Explorer.
• Not Proprietary
Work Instructions can be authored in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. EASEworks controls the application and saves the document to its database. The Work Instructions are automatically indexed by part number and operation number and controlled by electronic sign-off. These documents can be converted to .pdf files on Part/Op release.
• Manufacturing Material/Parts List 
A material or parts list can be directly entered into EASEworks or the list imported from a Bill of Material file can be allocated to each operation. Existing parts lists in the work instruction can be compared to the BOM and updated.
• Integrate Multimedia 
Video, graphics, digital photographs, and scanned images can be used for work instruction along with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Alternate Routings 
If more than one routing or manufacturing method can be employed to make a part, EASEworksprovides the ability to create alternate routers. Additionally, alternate operations can be created and individual operations can be toggled on or off as needed.
• Tooling
Tooling requirements for each operation can be listed.
• Release Control 
When the work instruction is initially created, EASEworks defaults the document as incomplete. When activated, the release control functionality mandates that at least one authorized person from all involved departments approves the work instruction prior to releasing it. Work Instructions can also go through the Manufacturing Change Control. All affected documents are automatically “revved-up” on Operation or Document Release.
• Revision History 
EASEworks stores with the database all previous revisions of work instructions. These revisions are organized by revision number and date. They can be retrieved, viewed, printed, and copied in exactly the same way as current revisions. There is also a “Restore to Active” capability.
• Database Storage 
EASEworks stores files to your Oracle or SQL Server database for complete control of these important documents.
• User Configuration 

EASEworks can be highly customized to meet your needs with the built-in configuration capability.
• Integration
EASEworks is a highly scalable system used by a single user or by hundreds of users at multiple sites. It integrates with MRP, ERP, and other business systems.
• Multilingual 
EASEworks can be configured to support most languages.
• Touch Screen 
EASEworks on-line Work Instructions can optionally support touch screens.

Testimonials

When it comes to a sophisticated approach to distribution and warehouse management, working with Applied Logistics was a natural. Their systematic approach saved us money and allowed us to run our distribution of nationwide products efficiently. Our partnership benefits all at Lowe's. Joseph Mabry; Executive VP of Logistics & Distribution As one of the largest food & drug retailers in North America, Safeway Inc. is an innovative company founded on a simple value philosophy: taking care of our customers is what Applied Logistics did for us. Reliable and safe distribution and management systems allowed us to maximize our revenue. Jerry Tidwell, Sr. VP Safeway Supply Operations Applied Logistics exemplifies the values of Snap-on. Their strong ability to demonstrate integrity, always respect the company in all situations, promote our teamwork, and listen to our inputs to suggested solutions, has made us value our partnership with Applied Logistics. Over the years our distribution, transportation and warehouse management efficiency has drastically increased due to their innovative software and management process. If you are not using it, you are simply wasting your money! Gary Henning, Operations Development