In today’s manufacturing environment, the usefulness of assembly line defect alerts (referred to as Andon alerts from their inception in the Japanese industrial revolution) has expanded even more and may now include other types of non-critical notifications, such as when particular machines are coming up on maintenance requirements and need preventative servicing. Almost every factory in existence today has some form of Andon system, as these systems are nearly ubiquitous.
From its inception so many years ago until now, the end goal of an Andon system was to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process, leading to a healthier bottom line. The problem, however, is that factories and manufacturing environments are often evolving faster than the legacy Andon systems that service them.
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