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Shop floor data collection ( SFDC )
is the entering of data by the user at the time that the data is being used
rather than the recording of data onto pieces of paper and the subsequent
entry of the data by either the user or a third party.
The main principle is that the data is
recorded at source and shop floor data collection ( SFDC ) is usually implemented along with the barcoding
of information ( bar code data collection ) to ensure that the information is accurate. The electronic data collection
can be done either in batch mode or in real time.
A consequence of shop floor data collection ( SFDC ) is that in general
the collection of data is distinct from the updating of the information. This
means that if the back end of the system is changed, for example the database
and or computer, then only the programs used in updating the data need to
be changed. This in turn means that the impact on the actual shop floor is
either nil or negligible.
In batch mode the information is usually
collected and stored in hand held terminals and transferred to the system
when the terminal is placed into a dock.
Real time data collection can be achieved
in a number of ways.
One method is where a bar code data collection device is attached to a Personal Computer (PC) and is used as a keyboard replacement.
Using the barcode scanner ensures that the data entered is accurate; the drawback
to this method is that the information has to be brought to the PC, which
may or may not be feasible.
An extension to this method is the use
of fixed terminals that have been specifically programmed for the task in
Both of these methods provide the system
developers the opportunity to provide an effective user interface that leads
the user to data collection in a way that matches the shop floor operation,
using terminology that is familiar to the user rather than in a way dictated
by the package.
Another is the use of hand held terminals utilising a Radio Frequency network. This enables the user to collect information
at their place of work rather than having to take the information to a fixed
point. This is know as wireless data collection. Again the user can be led in the entering of the data. This method,
however, provides the opportunity for a more proactive way in data collection.
It allows for the interactive validation of data, thereby ensuring that data
is even more accurate and relevant.
This type of systems is ideally suited to factory data collection, where manufacturing processes need to be strictly controlled.
George James are a specialist Data Collection Company, who can provide all your bar code data collection requirements. We can supply both the shop floor data collection software and the data collection terminal.
Please Call on 0845 0714385 to discuss you data collection software requirements.
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