Case study

Digital inspections in heavy equipment manufacturing

By Mark Speyers
 

“Digitizing our quality inspections with Proceedix resulted in over 70% of time savings and in a significant improvement of our quality performance.”

Teresa Gilbough, Quality Manager, Sany America

Supported by Gemba Systems Inc., SANY America implemented the Proceedix digital instruction and inspection execution platform. As a result, SANY America’s quality inspectors no longer need to waste time printing and retrieving paper inspection sheets.

Instead, they now have all the right and up-to-date inspection procedures at their immediate disposal – digitally. Instead of holding paper and pen, while climbing in and out of excavators, they can record inspection results hands-free using Google Glasses.

Any quality issues can be documented -including pictures, videos and comments- in a matter of seconds, and communicated instantly. Inspection reports are generated automatically, and custom dashboards show historical performance with powerful drill-down capabilities, enabling focused continuous improvement activities.

SANY America has seen a whole range of benefits from its digitization initiative.

– No more walking back-and-forth to pick up and submit printed paper inspection forms

– Quality inspections are much faster and more accurate, using tapping or voice – instead of writing – to work through the inspection steps

– Repair requests are fully documented and communicated in seconds

– Detailed inspection reports and aggregated performance reporting are generated automatically and available instantly (eliminating the need for manual data entry, copy-pasting pictures, manually updating charts, etc.)

– People are empowered and happy with tools that make their jobs easier

– Overall, SANY’s Quality Team estimates time savings of at least 70%

– Quality performance of the Assembly and Paint teams has improved quickly and very significantly, thanks to thorough inspections, detailed documentation, effective communication, and focused follow-up.

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