As manufacturing picks up in India, there is a greater need to make it automated, efficient and highly productive. It is near to impossible for a single person to keep an eye out on all aspects of production, whether it be machines or employees. One either has to rely on supervisors or restrict production due to the lack of adequate monitoring. Ricoh has stepped in to bridge this gap with its Real-time Automated Machine Productivity system or RAMP.
Speaking on the occasion, Manoj Kumar, MD & CEO, Ricoh India said, “RICOH India always believes in providing tailor-made solutions for core issues & needs of our customers. A recent global survey revealed that 38% of top 50 global manufacturing executives define their biggest problem as “Poor visibility into the shop floor”. As a result of this poor visibility, many of them faced poor productivity leading to poor profitability. RICOH’s solution RAMP will make sure that visibility of the shop-floor meets vision at the top floor. I strongly believe, that for a manufacturing company, the real money is made in the shop-floor, and shop floors are the islands of information that are extremely critical to the businesses. RAMP will make sure that these shop-floors are no longer isolated from the rest of the IT network.
The RAMP system connects the shop-floor to the top floor i.e. the top management right to machine floor.
What is RAMP?
RAMP is an off-the-shelf data capture system, that can give you convenient real-time monitoring of your manufacturing system. It provides for an off-the-shelf hardware for data capture that connects directly to machines like CNC, Heavy Presses, Injection Moulding Machines, Textile Machinery, etc. and capture signals on production & productivity, and a fully customizable reporting software for providing standard or customized reports on any device viz. desktops, laptops, hand-held, etc. Reports on critical parameters like hourly parts count, machine downtime, Total Predictive Maintenance (TPM) parameters like – OEE, Availability of Machine (A), Performance Efficiency (P), Quality Rate (Q), and Maintenance Reports like – Downtime, Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), etc. are provided real-time, and are made available on email, desktop or web. The solution also provides for the email or SMS alerts on critical events like production shortfall, high rejection rates, critical machine breakdown, operator absenteeism, etc.
Where did the need for RAMP emerge from?’
The solution is aimed at increasing productivity in medium to large scale enterprises, which lose productivity because the shop-floor is still isolated from the rest of the IT network in the organization. Due to this, the most crucial shop floor data on production quantity and man-machine utilization, etc. is manually collected and compiled, that is made available the next day, and is often inaccurate or doctored , resulting in poor decision-making. Most of the CXOs are unable to monitor progress of productivity initiatives and processes. The complexity increases when there are diverse machines with a mix of new and legacy technologies that are a big impediment for any IT enablement on the machines.
What are the features of RAMP?
RAMP helps in tracking of production quantity, improved machine availability, enhanced operator productivity & efficiency, streamlined shop-floor transaction reporting, tracking & improving, OEE, etc.
What does it cost to have a RAMP system on your shop floor?
The pricing for the RAMP system has been kept at Rs. 90-95000 per machine per annum.