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Enhanced Communication in Production Facilities: The Production Floor Information System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021186D
Publication Date: 2003-Dec-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 126K

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Abstract

An improved communication system has been developed for use in mills and other production facilities. The system provides a scrolling message area that is updated with messages on regular intervals. Typically, the system uses computer monitors or display screens to present three elements: 1) a Corporate navigation bar (e.g., a horizontal bar at the top of the screen with various button defining a Corporate menu) for accessing Corporate information and functions, 2) a local navigation bar (e.g., a vertical bar at the left of the screen with various buttons defining a local menu) for accessing information pertinent to the local production facility, sector, or machine, and 3) a primary broadcast section where messages are continually displayed in a highly readable scrolling format. The system can be tailored for specific crews and business needs.

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Enhanced Communication in Production Facilities:
The Production Floor Information System

Jim G. Lee, Jamie S. Mork and Chuck Markham

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Neenah, Wisconsin

Oct. 20, 2003

Overview

In typical mill environments, a great deal of information needs to be shared between employees, such as machine information to be passed from one crew to another, or news about maintenance plans, changes in production plans, emergency information, Corporate events, meetings, business news, and the like. Bulletin boards are often used, though these tend to become cluttered and difficult to read or ignore by many workers. Sticky notes are commonly posted in various places, with no guarantee that the notes will be seen or will remain in place.

We have developed an improved system for conveying information to personnel in a production facility. Known as the Production Floor Information System, the application is designed to enhance communication to the mill floor and provide a central interface to commonly accessed documents. The system provides a scrolling message area that is updated with messages on regular intervals. Typically, the system uses computer monitors or display screens to present three elements: 1) a Corporate navigation bar (e.g., a horizontal bar at the top of the screen with various button defining a Corporate menu) for accessing Corporate information and functions, 2) a local navigation bar (e.g., a vertical bar at the left of the screen with various buttons defining a local menu) for accessing information pertinent to the local production facility, sector, or machine, and 3) a primary broadcast section where messages are continually displayed in scrolling format.

The messages are displayed in a large font for readability from at least a 6-foot distance, and the scrolling display may be interactive, such that a viewer can use a mouse, a touch screen, voice input, or other input means to momentarily stop the scrolling or move forward or backward in the list of messages, or activate a hyperlinked message to display additional information. The messages can be tailored for the needs of various crews such that certain classes of information are displayed at critical times either with ...