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AIQ incorporated with CAD operations for improved efficiency and successful management
Smooth production planning, gaining great production results, and efficient cost management: they are the keys to success in the die manufacture industry. The ideals of CAD operations are now unified with the capabilities of keeping production processes under control.


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Function Summary
 
  1. Production processes are planned on the basis of the part charts created in CAD.
  2. Itineraries are managed in AIQ-Plan.
  3. Production procedures follow the itineraries and the actual production process results are registered in AIQ-Progress.
  4. The costs involved in the production processes are calculated in AIQ-Cost on the basis of the actual result data.
  5. The data of the actual results and costs are unified to gain effectiveness and fed back to the CAD systems.

CAD Process Input
Die structures (Components / Part configurations)
 
Input scheduled processes and process steps
 
CAD Process Input can be operated on die structures while the drawings are being verified. There are a various types of reference functions available for the die structures to reduce work load off the creative designing. The plans from the die structures to the actual production processes are planned or referred to the achieved production process result data with the Refer Process Information function.   Scheduled processes and process steps are registered while the drawings are being verified. By referring to or saving the production process patterns, the considerable amount of time and work load is saved instead of inputting all the data. The data on the same parts or resembling parts can be retrieved from the databases which store the achieved production process result data from the past. The estimated amount of time for the processes required in MC or WC are calculated with reference to the actual drawings.

Production process lists and bar-code tagging reflected on the drawings
 
 
The production procedure data (presumed process data) are reflected on the actual drawings. The production sites can receive the data as work instructions, along with bar codes, which enable the operators to read and register the achieved process result data.    

AIQ-Plan
Display individual chart
 
Balance operational load in the equipment groups
 
Gantt charts are displayed by the contents per order, equipment, part and person in charge. Time schedules and production progress can be checked here. Part charts are displayed in relation to production procedures and their progress for visual confirmation.   By balancing operational load on the equipment or equipment groups and reducing the load off the certain equipment or groups in constant use, the production process and speed will be significantly improved. Plan or design and input production processes without concerns about the above load conditions. The due days are also met easily along with the processes.

Due date management
 
Objective itineraries
 
Due Date Browser assists following the schedules and due dates. Simulation functions can also create a wide range of simulated time schedules for i.e. extending the operational time of the equipment in use or setting overtime work hours for the workers that are involved in operations.   When objective itineraries are displayed from the view points of the products being made, the entire manufacture plans and their progress can be supervised and shown either as a whole or at each product level. Register the actual production process results in AIQ-Progress to reflect the results of small processes to the entire result of the production progress. Manage objective itineraries through AIQ-Progress and gain perspectives on the entire productions in a much bigger picture.

AIQ-Progress
Register achieved production process result data
 
Tally achieved result data Output spreadsheets
 
Bar-code readers simplify the process of inputting achieved production result data and avoid input errors. By specifying the next production process, it is possible to locate the parts currently in process without having to go to the actual production sites for supervision of the work-in-process inventory.   Various types of calculating methods and detailed analyses are available depending on the specifics of conditions. For example, it is possible to check the operational conditions of the equipment by month, analyze the difference between the results as planned and the actual ones, or confirm the order rates from individual clients. The calculated and gathered data are output to and shown in the EXCEL spreadsheets or graphs.

AIQ-Cost
Register the actual costs
 
Calculate the actual costs Output spreadsheets
 
The achieved production process result data registered in AIQ-Progress can assist calculating machining costs and labor costs instantaneously. Other types of expense items that are not on the list are customized as well. By registering the costs of purchased parts, the gross margin in relation to order volumes can be easily estimated.   The actual cost prices can be summed up and analyzed through various processes and under different conditions of calculation. While the ordered items are in the process of manufacturing, interim prices may be calculated and analyzed in relation to order volumes. The calculated results are output to and shown in the EXCEL spreadsheets or graphs.

Feeding back the actual process result data and costs to the CAD system
Comprehensive management of drawings and achieved process data
 
 
The data of the achieved production process results and actual costs which have been registered in AIQ-Progress and AIQ-Cost can be pasted on the CAD drawings. The systems support making estimates for mold / die order volumes and mold / die lot tracing.    
     


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