How Manufacturing Workflow Displays Are Changing the Game
As we all know one key ingredient that makes up a successful manufacturing line is the ability to effectively communicate work tasks started and work tasks completed. While some manufacturing productions still rely on verbal communications between front office and the manufacturing floor, others have adopted a much more efficient way of communicating the overall workflow. Volanti’s development team has began streamlining the manufacturing line process by introducing the idea of networked large displays as task boards. Using Raspberry Pi’s ( known for its small footprint and easy to integrate interface ) and Google Sheets, manufacturing productions are now able to directly communicate in ‘real-time’ with the sales team / bill of materials department / shipping department.
“With the implementation of large displays and browser based communications, employees can now see when a task has been added / completed / shipped,” explains Koosha Araghi, Lead Developer for Volanti Displays. “The idea of completing a business transaction in the front end of the office and then having to walk it to the manufacturing department to physically place it on the ‘workflow dock’ should be a thing of the past. Imagine receiving an order, adding the bill of materials / new build order to a spreadsheet, then uploading it to the ‘new’ tasks tab and manufacturing being able to see it as soon as it posts. No more miscommunications or having to physically go around an entire office to gather all the necessary parts. It’s as simple as a click.”
“We are currently working on a way to incorporate a touch-based display solution using raspberry pi’s that will give the manufacturing department a much more hands on experience,” adds Koosha. “The idea is to streamline as much of the workflow as possible while creating an effective way for all areas of the office to communicate. Communication is essential!”
One issue that must be addressed when displaying a single image ( workflow spreadsheet ) for long periods of time is what is known as image persistence. Image persistence can occur when a single static image is shown for long periods of time on the LCD display. When this occurs the the LCD crystals “get stuck” in their designated color spots. Then when the display tries to broadcast a different RGB color, the crystals have a much more difficult time switching over, resulting in a color that’s slightly off from the intended color. To avoid this Volanti’s developers have added a ‘scrolling’ RGB color bar that will scan from one side of the display to the other. This helps the color crystals inside the display stay true to the intended colors
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