New “digital job folder” by HOMAG brings transparency to the workshop

Whether the employees are in the work preparation department, in production or tasked with assembly at the customer’s premises, the productionManager now gives everyone access to all information about each job in real time (Image: HOMAG)

HOMAG has released a new web app and “digital job folder”, called productionManager, which gives every personnel in the workshop access to all information about each job in real time. It also makes the current status of individual components transparent for everyone involved.

The productionManager is created in response to the overwhelming information that carpenters and joiners have to manage in a woodworking shop, about jobs, parts lists, assembly information, drawings and construction plans. With the web app, personnel can bundle all the information about a single job centrally, and gather all production-relevant data in one place, replacing numerous paper documents in production.

According to HOMAG, any employee with a laptop or tablet at hand can access the data: items, assemblies and components, including the relevant drawings and information. Changes can be entered quickly and are therefore available to all users immediately. Drawings, images or further supplements can also be easily added to any job.

Furthermore, anyone who also uses the productionAssist Feedback app can define individual stations in the workshop at which feedback on the current status of the individual component or item should be given. Feedback can be submitted to the app by scanning, using a hand-held scanner or tablet, or by clicking in the app.

Within the app environment, productionManager acts as a central application in the background and ensures that the correct information appears in the correct place in the work preparation department and the workshop.

For instance, users who use intelliDivide optimisation software for cutting or nesting can transfer the parts for cutting directly to intelliDivide; if the company manages its panel and edge materials in the materialManager web app, productionManager also uses this data; and if the Cutting Production Set, Nesting Production Set or Sorting Production Set are already used at workstations in the workshop, the user can transfer data to these workstations, to the productionAssist app used there. These production workstations will report the processing progress directly to productionManager.

In conjunction with imos iX, Borm ERP systems, SWOOD or SmartWOP, the HOMAG software also makes data exchange seamless between different systems.

The “digital job folder” can be integrated into any existing workshop environment with minimal adjustments necessary in the software landscape or in the machine pool. Cost-wise, the use of the web app can be billed monthly or annually and can also be canceled within these cycles.