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Machine Cloud-Connection – How Does it Work?

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FreePoint Connect provides the various means to get your machines or processes operation data connected to the cloud.

New machines, or legacy machines of ANY age, type, or brand can be easily connected using our patented technology in 3 ways. Learn how it works by following this link:
GetFreePoint.com/How-it-Works

 

ShiftWorx™ MES software enables manufacturers in the collection, monitoring, and visualization of machine or process data; putting vital analytics in the hands of management and plant floor workers resulting in improved productivity, quality, and reduced waste. ShiftWorx™ empowers your organization to continuously improve.

The optimization of your shop floor can begin as a low-cost, low-risk pilot project that:

  • Cloud-connects ANY machine of any age, type or brand.
  • Is rapidly deployed in less than 5 days.
  • Increases your shop floor productivity by 50%.
  • Achieves 30% decreased machine downtime.
  • Achieves 20% improved employee engagement.
  • Offers a fast ROI in less than 3 months.

Contact us today to consult with our shop floor optimization experts:

#SmartManufacturing #Industry40 #MachineMonitoringSystem #IIoT #ManufacturingExecutionSystem #MESsystem #ContinuousImprovement #ManufacturingAutomation #DowntimeTracking #OEE #LeanManufacturing

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PRESS RELEASE | FreePoint Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FreePoint Technologies Inc.
June 9, 2022

FreePoint Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members

London, OntarioFreePoint Technologies, a leader in the manufacturing machine monitoring and data insights industry, today announced the appointment of two new members to the board of directors: Sophear Net and Rick Jankura.  This brings the number of board members to five.

“I am very pleased to welcome Sophear Net and Rick Jankura to the FreePoint board”, said Dave Eto, Chair of the Board of Directors.  “Sophear and Rick are distinguished executives with valuable, direct experiences in manufacturing and manufacturing technologies.  We look forward to their strategic contributions to FreePoint as the company continues its high growth trajectory.”

Sophear Net is an experienced technology executive with extensive industry experience in electronics, software development, project management, and renewable energy.  Sophear is a Professional Engineer and holds an MBA.  Previously, Sophear was the CTO of FreePoint and the company is very pleased to have her involved now in the role of Board Director.
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Rick Jankura brings a wealth of expertise and industry experience to the FreePoint Board.  Rick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and senior executive with a diverse range of executive management experience in both private and public companies and board of director experience in private businesses and public sector entities.  He has held senior roles with companies in a broad range of industries including banking, venture capital, aviation, manufacturing and health care.  Rick will assume the role of Chair of the Governance and Audit Committee.
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About FreePoint

ShiftWorxTM, by FreePoint, is a powerful machine monitoring technology solution with visualized data, product tracking, manufacturing insights, employee engagement, and more – enabling manufacturers to measure production utilization and experience 35%+ efficiency gains.  Manufacturers across numerous verticals can now make better decisions faster.

 

Media Contact
Tony Borges
Director of Marketing
tony.borges@getfreepoint.com
800-682-0486 ext. 116
https://getfreepoint.com

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Collect.  Analyze.  Share.  Improve.

 

#SmartManufacturing #Industry40 #MachineMonitoringSystem #IIoT #ManufacturingExecutionSystem #MESsystem #ContinuousImprovement #ManufacturingAutomation #DowntimeTracking #OEE #LeanManufacturing

The 3 Key Benefits of Machine Monitoring

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Today we highlight the 3 Key Benefits of Machine Monitoring.  Step 1 though is getting the machines cloud-connected, at which point you gain real-time visibility into your shop floor with ShiftWorx MES SaaS; all by simply opening a web browser on any device, anywhere!

Now that your machines are connected, what are the 3 Key Benefits of Machine Monitoring (or monitoring manual processes, and assembly workstations alike)?

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Key Benefit #1 – Reduce Downtime

Every manufacturing plant wants to run their operations as lean and efficiently as possible and one of the biggest obstacles that stands in the way is downtime.  Downtime consumes valuable resources that could have been used for productivity.  When ShiftWorx™ machine monitoring system is integrated with your machines, managers and supervisors are notified as soon as the machine goes down.  They can then investigate the issue, find out what the problem is and prevent it from happening again..

Key Benefit #2 – Empower Employees

At FreePoint, we believe in the importance of empowering and engaging employees with modern technology.  Manufacturing processes need to be re-humanized and provide an environment for workers to play a bigger role in identifying productivity improvements using factual, real-time process information.  Machine monitoring enables that.  When our customers share their machine data with their employees, operators and shop floor supervisors alike start to feel engaged and gain a sense of accountability.  When management invests in a machine monitoring system, it demonstrates to their workforce that they are committed to increasing productivity and continuous improvement.

Key Benefit #3 – Make Informed Decisions

The data received from your machines helps you to make more informed decisions on a daily basis.  Here are just a few ways the information is used:

  • More accurate quoting for jobs
  • Better decision making on the purchase of more machines
  • More informed decision making for hiring employees
  • Useful information that can be used for training employees


FreePoint Technologies is dedicated to helping manufacturing companies improve their bottom line, engage their employees and bring modern technology to the plant floor.  Through the power of the internet and our patented technology, we are able to cloud-connect ANY machine, and give you the software tools you need to continuously improve manufacturing operations with visualized data, and more.  Reach out to us today for your Industry specific consultation and demo!  Also, have a look at our latest customer reviews at Capterra.

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LEADING FOR SUCCESS: MORE Tips to Help You Make Your Company Great

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More Manufacturing Industry Insight from Paul Hogendoorn, FreePoint Technologies Founder:

“..I’m continuing the series of sharing tips I’ve learned from manufacturing companies and leaders I had the privilege of working with that were clearly succeeding and thriving, rather than just surviving. The tips are the best things I gleaned from them. The idea behind this series is to share all so everyone can do even better.”
~Paul Hogendoorn, Founder

 

In the first column, the tips were: “Don’t make a big production of it”, and “Your people are the smartest people in the room”. The two tips in the previous column were “What gets measured gets improved” and “You can get a lot more done when you don’t care who gets the credit.” They all seem relatively straightforward, but there’s more to it than just an easy-to-remember slogan.

“Digitize your proven processes first.”

A common and expensive mistake many companies make is that they tamper with proven plant floor processes in order to digitize them to achieve their stated Industry 4.0 goals. The mistaken belief is that it’s okay to change an effective plant floor process to accommodate a new digitized system, and the new process with a digitized system will be inherently better than the current process with an older manual system. This is a mistake on two counts. The first is that you may have reduced the effectiveness of a fairly effective production process, and you make money on the production process, not on the administration process. The second is that you will likely have made gaining buy-in on the implementation of any new digital system even harder to achieve by starting out on the wrong foot.

There’s a natural tendency to leave working processes alone and tackle problem areas first. However, in this case, it’s better to eliminate one major project variable by digitizing a process that you know already works. You are not trying to do two complicated things at the same time by introducing a paradigm-shifting technology and trying to fix a broken process. Fixing a broken process is a major task and objective by itself, as is digitizing a working process. For your whole Industry 4.0 plant floor digitization plan to have the best success, you need an early win. Digitizing a manufacturing administration process that you already know works well (checklists, scheduling, buy-off forms, etc.) can get you that early win. Taking on a broken process and trying to fix it with technology could stall your digitization initiative or send it in the wrong direction.

“Know your internal customer, and what’s in it for them.”

The larger an organization is, the more layers there are, and the more important this tip becomes. Advancing an idea or trying to get something critical done often means moving the conversation up the ladder one rung at a time. Or, it may mean delegating it down, but again, one rung at a time. Each rung on the ladder has a different stakeholder with a different agenda. A few years ago, my company’s marketing department developed a “persona chart” to help our sales team be more successful by aligning their pitch and terminology with the audience they were addressing. Seeing it all laid out on a single chart revealed how complex manufacturing organizations really are, and how important it is to understand “what’s in it” for everyone on the other ladder rungs.

On the far left of the persona chart are the machine operators and “value-adding, hands-on” people in your organization. On the far right is the C-suite, with the CEO on the very far right. In between, you have supervisors, department managers, plant managers, CI, maintenance and other functional managers, and perhaps division managers. The two main things that change as you go from left to right are the metric of concern and the period of interest. On the left, the metric of interest is parts, cycles, and rate, and the period is this hour, this shift, this day. On the far right, the metric is financial and the time view is this quarter, this year, this stage. On the left, the interest is personal financial security and stability. On the right, it’s profitability, sustainability and growth. On the rungs in between, it’s somewhere in the middle. Knowing how to advance your cause up the ladder, or delegate an objective down the ladder, requires a good understanding of what constitutes success for all the folks you are working with. The better you understand their position and what’s in it for them, the better your chance of achieving collective success.

Paul Hogendoorn co-founded FreePoint Technologies with the goal of giving manufacturers the benefit of information technologies that inform, empower and motivate their most critical asset – their people.

Access Paul’s full series of Leading For Success: Tips in Manufacturing Automation Magazine here: https://www.automationmag.com/author/paul-hogendoorn/

 

#SmartManufacturing #Industry40 #MachineMonitoringSystem #IIoT #ManufacturingExecutionSystem #MESsystem #ContinuousImprovement #ManufacturingAutomation #DowntimeTracking #OEE #LeanManufacturing

LEADING FOR SUCCESS: Tips to Help You Make Your Company Great

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Manufacturing Industry Insight from Paul Hogendoorn, FreePoint Technologies Founder:

“..I’m continuing the series of sharing tips I’ve learned from manufacturing companies and leaders I had the privilege of working with that were clearly succeeding and thriving, rather than just surviving. The tips are the best things I gleaned from them. The idea behind this series is to share all so everyone can do even better.”
~Paul Hogendoorn, Founder

 

“What gets measured gets improved.”

You might’ve heard this before, but there’s a catch – two actually. The first is “what” you measure is very important. If you measure the wrong thing, the improvements you make won’t make much difference – if any at all – to your operation. The best example I saw was a large tool and die company undertaking a major project to measure the OEE of their critical machines to improve that number. Several years into the project and their second attempt at doing it, one very astute manager concluded that they were focusing on the wrong thing. He observed that the time “under spindle” was relatively short compared to all the time that the pieces of work sat on skids at the end of aisles waiting for the next process to be run on them. He also found that minimizing the time between machining processes was a more pertinent objective than minimizing time under the spindle. The net result of measuring and improving that more relevant metric was a near 100 percent capacity increase in their facility, eliminating all overtime and outsourced operations as well as winning more business and taking on more work. The second catch is that to engage everyone in the improvement effort, the measurement must be shared in real time and be meaningful for the people actually involved. Sharing reports at the end of a month may be good for plant managers and executives to review in their meetings, but that has little motivational or behavioural change value.

“You can get a lot more done when you don’t care who gets the credit.”

I learned this one early on, from one of my mentors at the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC). He quarterbacked all sorts of small and large initiatives, deferring the credit to others. He was making investments into the people that he knew could leverage the projects’ successes, and if he ended up placing great champions to lead them from that point on, it would become a recurring win with an exponential result. Plus, he’d be free to quarterback another project. One of his most successful endeavours was the formation of the London Region Manufacturing Council. He initiated it and then placed it in the hands of a series of people (myself included) that received a lot of the credit for what the organization accomplished. Twenty years later, his initiative continues to be a strong advocate for manufacturers in the region.

But there is a catch to this tip too. Be careful that the right people get the credit. There are ‘credit takers’ in every organization who will quickly fill every credit void. Even worse, there are ‘credit destroyers’, people sensitive to the perception that when someone else looks good, it’s not good for them. To counter this, praise and credit should be shared publicly and evenly sprinkled over a larger group. The primary praise and credit should be shared more specifically and shared up the ladder a couple of rungs so that the individual may receive more opportunities to do even more great things for your company. Giving credit where it’s due adds to your currency in the organization as well as puts another potentially impactful contributor on the corporate radar. True winning team players are never afraid of having another high performer on the team. ‘Credit’ is an important currency and needs to be invested back into the business wisely.

Paul Hogendoorn co-founded FreePoint Technologies with the goal of giving manufacturers the benefit of information technologies that inform, empower and motivate their most critical asset – their people.

Access Paul’s full series of Leading For Success: Tips in Manufacturing Automation Magazine here: https://www.automationmag.com/author/paul-hogendoorn/

 

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WEBINAR: Microsoft VOX ISM Best Apps Conference

Learn more about FreePoint’s ShiftWorx™ at the Microsoft VOX ISM “BEST APPS CONFERENCE” – Featuring apps for Manufacturing Digital Transformation.

In Microsoft VOX ISM’s webinar on Thursday, May 5 from 1:30-3:30PM EST, you’ll learn about the Top 10 New Apps for manufacturing businesses; including FreePoint’s ShiftWorx™ that helps you to improve productivity, employee engagement and profitability over-all.  Read more details and register here: https://voxism.com/event/microsoft-best-apps-conference-2022/

Microsoft VOX ISM

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FreePoint’s founder, Paul Hogendoorn, presents at 3:10PM. He looks forward to sharing how ShiftWorx™ software digitally transforms manufacturing with visualized data. From machine connection to the cloud, to production scheduling, machine or process downtime tracking and more; it’s the real-time visualized data presented in easy to understand dashboards and reports that afford you the means to improve. You can’t improve what you don’t measure, right? The proven means and key to continuous improvement is in the ShiftWorx™ app!

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ShiftWorx™ affords manufacturers a shop floor optimization solution that:

  • Cloud-connects ANY machine of any age, type or brand.
  • Is rapidly deployed in less than 5 days.
  • Increases your shop floor productivity by 50%.
  • Achieves 30% decreased machine downtime.
  • Achieves 20% improved employee engagement.
  • Offers a fast ROI in less than 3 months.

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The Most Common Problems Manufacturers Face Transitioning to Industry 4.0

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We highlight the tools and knowledge manufacturers need to be successful in their transition to Industry 4.0 and the IIoT.  Start with understanding the problems.

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What are the Most Common Problems Manufacturers Face in their Transition to Industry 4.0?

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1. The Manufacturing Skills Gap

One of the biggest manufacturing problems U.S. businesses face is the growing skills gap.  Approximately 22% of existing skilled manufacturing workers will be retiring by the end of 2025.

2. The Internet of Things (IoT)

Connected machines on the shop floor let manufacturers collect real-time data; and even enable remote machine diagnostics and repairs.  Manufacturers that want to stay ahead need to identify how they can use the IoT to its full potential.

3. Efficiency Issues

Manufacturers have been looking for efficient solutions to decrease costs and increase efficiency at their operations.  Instead of sacrificing product quality, manufacturers have resources at their finger-tips to increase efficiency and capacity by adopting new technology.

4. Collaboration Issues

There is a communication gap between management on the shop floor – info is not being shared in real-time to affect positive change.  Facilitate on-the-ground communication among employees, customers and partners with digital collaboration tools.
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Manufacturing Problems? Solved with ShiftWorx™ – Learn More About the Solution, See a Software Demo

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ShiftWorx™ not only identifies machine downtime reasons, it engages your workforce in the process. Contact us anytime to discuss your Industry specific manufacturing problems.

ShiftWorx™ affords manufacturers of any size a shop floor optimization solution that can begin as a low-cost, low-risk pilot project that:

  • Cloud-connects ANY machine of any age, type or brand.
  • Is rapidly deployed in less than 5 days.
  • Increases your shop floor productivity by 50%.
  • Achieves 30% decreased machine downtime.
  • Achieves 20% improved employee engagement.
  • Offers a fast ROI in less than 3 months.

Read our Reviews at Capterra: https://www.capterra.com/p/188388/ShiftWorx/reviews/

#SmartManufacturing #Industry40 #MachineMonitoringSystem #IIoT #ManufacturingExecutionSystem #MESsystem #ContinuousImprovement #ManufacturingAutomation #DowntimeTracking #OEE #LeanManufacturing

VIDEO: Solving Problems Manufacturers Face Today with Visualized Data and Empowered People

Lisa Bailey, FreePoint Technologies’ CRO, discusses the key problems manufacturers face today in their transition to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  In this presentation Lisa provides insight into how ShiftWorx™ MES Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solves these problems with the visualization of downtime data, which once known serves to engage and empower people in all levels of the manufacturing operation.

Learn more about FreePoint Technologies continuous improvement philosophy and see a demo of ShiftWorx™ software in action as she shows you the most powerful features of the machine monitoring and manufacturing execution solution; with real-time manufacturing KPI dashboards, shop floor communications (Andon), email/txt notifications, analytics reports, and much more.

Step-one is machine connection, which can be deployed in days to instantly relay data in real-time, metrics that can be displayed on large shop floor monitors or HMIs, or accessed from any web browser on any device.

http://getfreepoint.com/mes-software/

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Co-op students: A key to plant managers’ success

As I continue to share the Top 10 Tips I gleaned from industry leading manufacturers over my 40 year career, I almost missed sharing this one.

When it comes to digitizing processes on the plant floor in the pursuit of achieving “Industry 4.0” objectives, it occurred to me that many of my most successful customers had benefitted from the youthful, tech savvy enthusiasm of college students working under the direction of the plant manager, getting ideas put into action that the manager, or his seasoned staff, was not able to do as effortlessly themselves.  New technology has its advantages, but it is not as exciting to the ‘more seasoned’ crowd as it is the younger generation that embraces it naturally and enthusiastically.

About a year ago, I was doing a presentation to a company that has 3 plants and about 500 employees.  The owner of the company was still involved and was at the meeting along with his plant managers, CI manager, IT manager, CFO and a few others.  Almost as a tag-along, one of them invited their co-op student to the meeting, likely because it was his responsibility to keep the co-op student gainfully occupied that four-month term.

Read Paul Hogendoorn’s Full Article in the March Issue of Manufacturing Automation “Industry Watch”

https://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=46118&i=740720&p=16&ver=html5

 

VIDEO: Empowering People in Manufacturing with Visualized Data

Paul Hogendoorn, Founder of FreePoint Technologies delves into ShiftWorx™ MES with a presentation and software demo that provides insight into how manufacturing managers and operators alike are empowered by ‘real-time’ visualized data on the shop floor.

Learn how easy it is to set-up ShiftWorx™ software, which in its most basic application cloud-connects your machines to start monitoring and reporting downtime data right-away, i.e., knowledge which instantly provides insight into the efficiency of your equipment or assembly processes while empowering your people with the info needed to improve the status quo.

https://getfreepoint.com/products/shiftworx-lite/

#SmartManufacturing #Industry40 #MachineMonitoringSystem #IIoT #ManufacturingExecutionSystem #MESsystem #LeanManufacturing #ContinuousImprovement #ManufacturingAutomation

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