SWD Inc. is Chicagoland’s premier metal finishing, dip spin coatings, and fastener sorting facility. They specialize in working with stampings and fasteners such as screws, nuts, bolts, and washers. The company has created a tradition of exceptional production quality, complete customer satisfaction, and continuing commitment to environmental conservation.
In 2006 SWD implemented an Operator Productivity dashboard in ADVIZOR that is still in use today. This dashboard is configured to load data from a variety of sources:
- IMPAX machine-monitoring data in .csv files, including production totals, machine efficiency, and accumulated machine uptime and downtime, including all occurrences of downtime, and the corresponding reasons,
- Visual Shop data in SQL Server on parts (ID, description) and part pricing
- Excel spreadsheets containing descriptive Machine Name data, Day of Week, Operator IDs,etc.
- Other data currently stored in an Access database
The result, the ability to monitor operator productivity, machine performance, and better understand inefficiencies in both man and machine that can affect quality, on-time delivery, and bottom line, profitability.
According to Matt Delawder, VP of Fastener Sorting,
“Before ADVIZOR we were responding to events on the floor. We could not easily look at trends and statistics to determine what was causing good and poor performance. Reports were limited and it was impossible to conduct comparative analyses with any degree of speed, sophistication or flexibility! We needed to change the whole process in order to continue to lead our industry.”
SWD has been an ADVIZOR customer since 2006.