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Over the years, manufacturing has focused on improving efficiencies and producing more with existing capital equipment and human resources. Stone has been on the forefront of developing Performance Management systems, based on “shrink-wrapped” software. Stone has an implementation team with a concentration on plant floor efficiency and has implemented over 60 successful Performance Management projects over the last 5 years in the Consumer Products, Discrete Manufacturing, and Food/Beverage industries.

Performance Management Solutions enable a customer to gain visibility to a variety of metrics that reveal critical information relevant to asset performance and continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • Throughput or Rate
  • Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)
  • Mean Time To Repair (MTTR)
  • Downtime Cause Analysis

The challenge with any Performance Management project is the data and the equipment modeling as well as the reporting hierarchy. Stone has developed an approach to identify the owners and users of the system and then fully define the system requirements with their involvement.

Besides the immediate advantage of getting real-time data to assist in bettering the process, plant floor information systems can provide data analysis over the long term. To achieve this benefit, data management techniques need to be implemented to allow access to the historical data with the speed and reliability expected in plant floor control systems.

Stone’s innovation provided to our clients is through our standard methodology which always includes the critical definition phase; identifying and gaining “buy-in” from all departments, and properly defining all of the system requirements prior to system design and software development. Contact us to help you improve efficiency throughout the plant floor.

Within a couple of weeks of implementing the FactoryTalk Metrics solution, we saw an immediate 5 percent gain in OEE and throughput,” that was enough to see the system was well worth the benefits. Just by being able to react and to respond to issues in real time, we were minimizing downtime and optimizing uptime. We went from mediocre to worldclass. That never would have happened without the Stone Technologies. Plant General Manager, Rockline Industries



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