Skip to main content

Real-Time Interactive Shop-Floor CIM

Exploitable results

The Real-I-CIM system is a efficient and integrated toolbox for shop floor advanced management of industrial small and medium sized enterprises (SME). Its open and distributed architecture allows an easy integration with the existing systems in the companies. This toolbox allows the construction of flexible manufacturing management solutions and includes modules for production scheduling and control and quality and maintenance management. For monitoring and controlling purposes the Real-I-CIM system includes modules performing real time control between scheduled and actual shop floor data, data logging, analysis and interpretation. Associated with this software tools it is also available a set of methodologies and consulting services for the implementation of such systems. At present REAL-I-CIM Scheduling modules provide: optimization of short-term production schedules through simulation-based evaluation and advanced search and optimization techniques; monitoring the production process through concurrent real-time simulation to detect deviations from the actual state of production; interactive schedule modification and evaluation to provide updated, realistic schedules; production optimization through simulation of 'what-if 'scenarios. The Quality Management module helps manufacturing companies in the implementation and maintenance of their quality systems. It was designed according to the ISO 9000 and Ford Q101 standards and meets most of the requirements of industrial companies regarding the implementation of the quality system at the shop floor level. The main functions are: inspection and testing, control of inspection, measuring and test equipment, control of nonconforming product, corrective actions, suppliers assessment, quality records maintenance, statistical process control, quality costs. The Maintenance Management module helps the maintenance staff to optimize times, resources and maintenance costs, and consequently to increase the equipment availability, reliability and maintainability. Its main functions are: corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, other works of maintenance, maintenance costs, and maintenance indicators.