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Despite having access to large amounts of data, modern-day manufacturers often struggle to derive meaningful insights, especially regarding machine usage. Without the context behind the data, creating visibility into machine performance can be challenging. After spending countless hours with manufacturers, shop owners, and managers, we’ve developed a solution that converts disparate data into actionable information; the solution is Alora.
Alora is a powerful manufacturing intelligence tool that bridges the gap between shop floor activity and your ERP system. For many job shops, this integration is the missing piece they need to gather more actionable insights from their ERP data. While most job shops have an ERP or a similar solution, they often lack a seamless way to connect this data to their machine activity and improve performance.
Alora helps you monitor machine activity with its ability to provide real-time insights into machine cycle times and production status, to determine which machines are currently producing, which are offline, and which are experiencing unplanned downtimes, always when it happens – so you don’t miss out on valuable production time.
Besides knowing when a machine is down, understanding why your machines are not running is key to increasing utilization and improving efficiency. Scheduling of employees, resources, and jobs depends heavily on your machinery. This is why Alora was engineered to have a Downtime application that makes it easy to capture downtime on every machine and attaches reason codes that are tailored to your business processes.
Anyone on the shop floor can benefit from full visibility with Alora’s uncomplicated dashboards. Our dashboards are intuitive enough to note repeat bottlenecks and downtime causes and determine how those affect current machine utilization. Additionally, it can aid in determining where machine and employee resources are best allocated. With this data, operators, and decision-makers work together to make adjustments and continuously improve, leading to increased job margins and profitability.
Buying a new machine may seem like the obvious choice to increase production capacity, but it's a costly investment that many shop owners can't afford. Furthermore, more machines require additional staff to support them, which can be expensive and difficult to find. Alora solves this problem by helping you get more out of your existing machines and team members. In just minutes, Alora can identify underutilized machines, allowing you to increase production without buying new equipment. Our customers have discovered that they don't need to purchase new machines, they just need to optimize the ones they already have.
Alora eliminates the frustration of machine downtime and productivity roadblocks by providing real-time data that is easily accessible anytime and anywhere. With these valuable insights, our customers have the tools they need to understand the reasons behind downtime and implement effective strategies to improve productivity and throughput.
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