Modern card issuance operations have embraced advanced technology, replacing outdated manual methods like clipboard monitoring. Today, operators and managers no longer jot down notes as they walk the floor; instead, they use digital platforms. Alerts, achievements, and operational details are instantly communicated across locations, giving operations executives real-time data to monitor machine performance and critical issues without leaving their offices. The shift to automated data analysis allows operators and technicians to access information from tablets anytime, anywhere, ending the need for manual charting. Additionally, aggregated machine intelligence provides a comprehensive view of plant productivity and cost-effectiveness in real time across multiple sites for an entire corporation.
These advancements are commonplace today, as Industry 4.0 cements itself in manufacturing history. It’s no surprise that digital intelligence brings increased efficiency and ROI opportunities to the forefront of smart card manufacturing. The Entrust Adaptive Issuance™ Production Analytics Solution is a software and technical consulting platform built on delivering this value proposition to card personalization operations through a customizable, real-time, aggregated architecture. It continues to drive next-generation smart manufacturing, bringing positive Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and enhanced value to operations. OEE is expressed as a percentage sum of three key production indicators: availability, performance, and quality. Let us take a closer look at each and how they bring a deeper understanding to issuance environments, focusing on net losses:
Net Losses for all three production indicators can be explored further here from Vorne as variations in issuance type, facilities, and machines contribute to loss variability. The Six Big Losses are also common in issuance operations and include: unplanned and planned stops, small stops, slow cycles, production rejects, and startup rejects.
To learn more about OEE and the three key production indicators, measurement & analysis, and calculating speed and efficiency, read our white paper, “Understanding Production Efficiency in High-Volume Card Issuance Operations.”
The Future of Digital Intelligence and Production Analytics
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are expected to revolutionize the industry further. These technologies will be integral in production planning, inventory management, resource planning, and cost analysis. Next-generation Industry 4.0 subject matter experts will take the output from these technologies and use it to make improvements across operational architectures, building more efficiency into the process. Digital intelligence can be used to mitigate operational bottlenecks, quality gaps, and overall line inefficiencies by focusing on the three key production indicators.
Learn more about the Entrust Adaptive Issuance™ Production Analytics Solution and how it can aid in operational efficiency, utilizing digital intelligence, data analytics, and advanced technologies essential for smart card manufacturing.