Background:

PIA Service has all the disciplines and knowledge required for industrial automation. As a system integrator, they offer you full support for process and machine controls. In this company with 45 employees, control panels are designed, manufactured and assembled.

case:

Like so many technical companies, Pia Service is constantly faced with competition from low-wage countries and is therefore always working on cost price reduction through production optimisation. One of the stated goals is to carry out the assembly process completely paperless.

In addition, the panel construction and electrical industry has great difficulty retaining and attracting sufficient staff, which means that the scope for new employees must be broadened to other target groups. It concerns technically high-quality work, but no specific prior knowledge is required for the assembly. This offered opportunities to properly instruct less technically trained personnel by means of visualization.

Solution:

Together with the Virtutec project team, we translated the assembly instructions to ProCon. The software was then made available on special kiosks equipped with touchscreens with laser projection, supplemented with a wireless barcode scanner.

The column can be placed at a fixed location as desired, or in this case it can be set up flexibly.

The operation has been simplified in such a way that the technician uses the barcode scanner to scan a new product from the storage bin. After that the touchscreen and the laser immediately illuminate the correct mounting location (including ODC code) in the switch box on the mounting wall. The software indicates per part which article must be attached in which location and equal parts are shown successively. The technician performs, can set the pace and deliver quality… without a long training period.

In this way, the detection of often long and difficult article codes is ‘taken over’ by the system, minimizing the chance of errors and the ‘first time right’ principle works correctly.

Optionally, you can also choose to work without a scanner, in which case the mounting sequence is determined by the structure of the 3D model. This can also be adjusted as desired, so that assembly processes can actually be carried out without hindrance. This is how the system works for you!

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