What is SFC and SFCS?
Shop Floor Control (SFC) is a software system of methods and tools that are used to track, schedule and report on the progress of work in a manufacturing plant. Shop Floor Control systems generally evaluate the portion of an order or operation that has been completed. That percentage of work in process is useful for resource planning, inventory evaluations and supervisor and operator productivity on a shop floor.
The better the shop floor control, the better the inventory and operations control, and the better is the productivity of the workers. Performance and ROI of a manufacturing business varies directly in proportion to the shop floor control.
Benefits of Shop Floor Control System
- It is paperless.
- It provides total visibility to what happens on the shop floor.
- The supervisors and managers find themselves empowered as the SFCS facilitates them to monitor complete range of operations and activities carried out on the shop floor.
- It alerts the staff member regarding any upcoming problem beforehand to limit or eliminate the loss of property or time.
- It provides real time data, which is quantifiable and actionable.
- It provides planning and scheduling of shop floor operations thereby increasing efficiency of workers.
- It eliminates the errors in calculations machine time, man hours, worker payrolls and much more.
- It reveals operational vulnerabilities and staff as well as resource related problems and helps to address them in time.
- It makes decision making easy for the management by providing reports.
- It drives the ROI of a manufacturing business.
Key Features of SFCS
- Flexibility − The SFCS should accommodate changes in volume of product or the product itself.
- Inter-operability − The SFCS should be coherent enough to work on various hardware and software platforms.
- Portability − The SFCS should be able to work cross-platform. If it is working on a certain hardware platform and operating system, then it should also work on another hardware platform and operating system, which can be achieved by standard programming language and standard operating system calls.