WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

Solve the machinist shortage and increase CNC machine uptime

OPS tells the operator where to go and when.

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The Optimal Path System (OPS) matches live machine data with CNC programs in order to optimally plan the activities of machinists on the shop floor.

What if an operator could manage more machines?

Solve the labor shortage by improving the operator per machine ratio

Optimal Path System (OPS) tells the operator where to go and when, making it easier to manage more machines at the same time.

OPS is the first ever system that joins scheduling capabilities with live machine data. Instead of telling the operator that the machine has stopped (which they usually already know because they are in front of the machine), the system indicates when the machine will stop and which tasks are next.

Diagram with OPS directing machinist to use multiple workstations
Tablet hanging on machine using Jitbase

Increase machine uptime thanks to dynamic scheduling

All the information refreshes in real-time using machine data collected by JITbase through its machine monitoring system. Whether an unplanned stop occurs on a machine, or a manual operation takes longer than expected, the system gets the information in real-time and adjusts the short-term planning accordingly.

OPS identifies the optimal path with AI and optimization algorithms

The optimization algorithms behind the scheduling system are designed to reduce machine downtime. As a result, less operators can optimize machine uptime by following the optimal path calculated in real-time.

Optimal Path System interface with coloured oeprations indicating CNC machine status and pointing where the machinst should go next
Spindle load indicator in the JITbase interface. The machinist can leave and carry out other tasks while the machine runs without risk

Safely leave the machine running

“I don’t want the machinist to leave one machine for another, what if something goes wrong? The whole part is scrapped…”

With OPS, the machinist sees the spindle load for all running CNC machines. He can safely walk away from lights-out operations to manage other CNC machines, while keeping an eye on all the spindle loads.

In the case of an unplanned stop during a lights-out operation, the machinist is alerted immediately so he can take action ASAP and not lose productivity.

Improve operator workload management with planning simulation

OPS also helps with planning and operator allocation on machines. Planners easily simulate productions to find programs that fit well together and that can be efficiently managed by a single operator. Improve the machinist’s efficiency thanks to smart workload management.

Planning simulation screenshot
Photo of tablet using OPS with inset screenshot

Key benefits of OPS

  • Address the machinist shortage

  • Reduce pressure on hiring

  • Increase machine uptime

  • Optimize operators’ efficiency

  • Improve the operator per machine ratio

  • Reduce stress for machinists

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