Increasing productivity is the challenge that all companies, small and large, face daily. In particular, in the industrial field, this means being able to reduce costs and optimize the performance of the plants, without affecting the quality of the finished product in the slightest. There are many variables that come into play to achieve this goal.
First of all, plant performance must be constantly monitored. Secondly, all the people involved (operators, maintenance workers, production managers, etc.) must be supported with appropriate technological tools so that they can work at their best. Let's find out what is the role that Keethings can play in this journey.
Keethings, an innovative American start-up, was born a few years ago with a mission: to put technology at the service of man. It is a collaboration and execution platform designed to facilitate the management of an industrial plant, which has an enormously positive impact on productivity.
On the one hand, the software allows to improve the communication within the plant thanks to virtual workplace, virtual collaborative spaces, which allow to simplify and accelerate the communication not only between staff but also among people, machines and informatic Systems. On the other hand, Keethings supports operations through features like, for example, workflows, which guide the workflow, and the knowledge base, which provides contextual information about the activity being carried out and simplifies the access to the company knowledge.
To better understand what the decisive contribution of this software may be, let's go over the main features that Keethings makes available to small and large companies:
1. Virtual Workspaces. Much more than chat rooms, they are thematic and dynamic spaces that allow communication and sharing of information about certain events and activities. Only those involved in the process will take part to these spaces, as to a private meeting, and it will be possible to share information about the production process, drawing it directly and in real time from computer systems and/or machineries. All virtual spaces are automatically archived and can be accessed at a later time to perform any analysis, but not only: it is possible to save them in a logical and structured way and to make them part of the company knowledge, so that they are always available in case you need to consult them.
2. Workflow: the operators are guided in the performance of their tasks by personalized workflows that involve, from time to time, the people directly involved, providing the data necessary for the execution of the task. This will optimize the processes and therefore reduce the loss of time.
3. Knowledge Management: even this feature plays a fundamental role in problem solving, since it gives the possibility to access all the informative materials useful to solve a problem. Documents, video tutorials or guides related to the process in question are made available automatically, without the need to take time to look for them. So the work is clearly simplified: there is no longer a need to slow down a process to consult with colleagues or more experienced figures for any single step, or to look for unordered documentation, since the information is shown from the software in a simple and fast way.
4. Execution: in addition to guiding activities through workflows, it is possible to perform actions directly from the platform by acting on machines or applications. As in all phases, even in this one the exclusive security standards at the enterprise level are implemented, and only people with the correct access permissions can perform certain operations.
Through these features you can implement numerous applications in any operating context within the department. For example, let's consider the alarm management: the software integrates an alarm propagation rule-based system, thanks to which a list of the people involved is generated and the right person will receive the alarms coming from machines and systems. The operator can quickly understand where the problem is and what the causes are, activating him/herself immediately to solve it. This has an incredibly positive impact on productivity, because it minimizes production downtimes.
Another interesting case is the logbook. Recording operations in an industrial plant is an important activity, both for monitoring and analysis reasons and for compliance reasons. This action, if manually done, can become very expensive. This will no longer happen thanks to this support platform for the manufacturing world, which allows to archive all the activities carried out and make them available for subsequent extensive analyzes on the management processes and the events tracked.
So far we have discussed about the production line, but in reality this collaboration and execution software has been created both for production and for all the other departments of a production reality such as, for example, laboratories.
In the case of laboratories it is also possible to display the scheduling of the tests, the checklist of the materials to be used, the video tutorials or to take advantage of the automatic workflow management to share the results of the tests in real time with the entire work team.
Difficulty in communication and consequently in collaboration inside the company, reduced visibility on the production system, production downtimes: all problems that can be solved by betting on technology. For example, rely on Keethings, a Collaboration and Execution platform that will speed up communications and problem solving in the production process.
Keethings is a messaging and collaboration platform to help teams solve problems faster in industrial settings. Teams collaborate and operate in a virtual workspace where conversations, machine data, and system information are shared and visible to all
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