Reynaers brings Smart Manufacturing Solutions to the Window and Door Industry - Misc. AU
Reynaers brings Smart Manufacturing Solutions to the Window and Door Industry

Reynaers brings Smart Manufacturing Solutions to the Window and Door Industry

Duffel, January 2016 – Reynaers Aluminium, leading European provider of sustainable architectural aluminium solutions, has taken the first steps towards full automation of its window and door production and marketing chain. This heralds a new vision of the future for its business in the construction sector. ReynaFlow, its software package designed to optimize, control and improve the production process, is set to be launched in Belgium where it will be a first on the market.

Words by Reynaers

While many production processes still are mainly manually driven, Reynaers Aluminium now offers a solution that digitally links the full manufacturing process, from preparation (cutting, machining), through connection and sealing to the final assembly and finishing. This enhanced communication capability is designed to improve the integration of production functions by tracking errors and monitoring each phase in real time. This ensures vastly improves production time.

In the current production process, as much as 90% of the total time required to manufacture an item is spent queueing. This represents the amount of time a person, signal or thing spends before being attended to or before value adding work is performed on it. Only 10% of production time is spent on physical touch; i.e. manufacturing the product in order to add value for the end consumer. Yet this where the management focus is.

Therefore in the current process, both time and quality are at risk. Constructors know that time can be optimized, but they lack the insight to know how and where. The full production process is not sufficiently monitored and constructors cannot trace the manufacturing progress effectively. As a result production time is difficult to estimate and delivery times often become inaccurate educated guesses. ReynaFlow is a comprehensive IT solution that addresses these issues by harnesses the power of cyber and physical systems to monitor the production process comprehensively.

Enter Smart Manufacturing

The new solution ReynaFlow achieves this in combination with ReynaPro; Reynaers’ software developed by Orgadata, including a database of all profiles and accessories which allows the calculation and manufacturing of projects.

True to the creed of Smart Manufacturing, ReynaFlow uses barcode tracking and tracing to better monitor production efficiency in the flow of work, including material, machines and manpower, from factory floor to final delivery.

Information is processed in real time providing the actual status of all running projects, tracking selected issues that affect the outcomes and setting production priorities. A digital manufacturing environment creates a paperless work floor on the back of ReynaPro data. This is fully integrated with articles on the Reynaers website and its regularly updated catalogues.

ReynaFlow has the capacity to provide analysis reporting on demand – also in real time. 
Pre-defined reports or export files cover all relevant data per project, workstation, operator, or per timeframe. This shifts the constructor’s focus away from the 10% touch time to where it belongs: the 90% queueing time.

Recommended reading