Workshop Floor Touch Screen Set Up & Use

1     Most clients use 20 inch Touch Screens for workshop staff to access their job list and start their jobs.  20 inch touch screens are quick, easy and enjoyable for workshop staff to use as font size is larger and easy to read and they are also quick and easy to use.  20 inch touch screens are a 3 in 1 device including computer, monitor and keyboard within the screen.  Your workshop staff will enjoy using touch screens and they will feel “high tech” in their role, which is important as it keeps all workshop staff and management positive about the Empower project.  Typically the touch screens connect to your Local Area Network (LAN) wirelessly.

2     You need as a “rule of thumb” 1 touch screen for every 5 workshop staff, that is 5 workshop staff share 1 touch screen – so for example if you have 15 workshop staff you need as a guide 3 touch screens.  Any staff member use any touch screen in the factory to access their job lists and start their Jobs.

3     Touch screens are set up typically in machining area and in the assembly or fabrication area.

4     Workshop staff type in their ID to bring up their personal Job List screen.  Staff view their next Job priority and view and note the budgeted time expected of them and they start the Job by pressing the green button.  Staff finish their current Job by putting in their ID again and pressing the red button at which time an Empower pop up advises them of their budgeted time, actual time and variation in time of the Job they just finished.  Staff then view their next Job and note the budgeted time expected of them and they start this Job by pressing the green button.

  • Workshop staff remain on a Manufacturing Job or a Downtime Job at all time during the day.
  • When staff go to any break Empower puts the time on the Job on hold.
  • Empower does generate Hours Worked reporting for Payroll.

5     If you are assigning Jobs to and tracking pre production staff in the office on their Tasks for example Design, CNC Programming or Materials Ordering then ‘Empower Factory’ is set up and used on the staff member’s PC.

6     If you are assigning Jobs to and tracking delivery or off site staff on installation related Tasks then ‘Empower Factory’ is set up on each staff member’s phone or tablet.  Empower is cloud and web based so off site staff are accessing the Empower web site to access their Job lists.

7     50 inch TV monitors are set up on the workshop walls and office walls which display in real time all current Jobs, Tasks, Staff, and Actual & Budgeted time.  Staff are listed by category showing whether they are currently on Manufacturing Tasks, Downtime Tasks or Not Logged on (ie Not Working).  Aslo all tasks are colour coded to confirm Task is on schedule or ahead of schedule or currently “late”.  This very high level of Job and Staff transparency continuously throughout the day maximises staff and production management accountability, therefore maximises production