Vortex Technology

Vortex is a software embodiment of the patent-pending technology developed for high-mix, non-repetitive manufacturers as an outgrowth of the DeHart Consulting LLC Lean Manufacturing methodologies.  Using the ground-breaking technology embedded in this Lean Shop Floor Control System as an add-on to an existing ERP system, expect 2 - 10x improvements in WIP and cycle time. In addition, because the Vortex demand-pull manufacturing system is completely algorithm-based, it also supports a machine learning system that will further improve your results over time.  With the advent on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, forward thinking companies are increasingly digitizing their production execution systems.  Vortex provides that opportunity to the high-mix manufacturer.

Until now, demand-pull production, one of the key tenets of Lean Manufacturing, was inaccessible to non-repetitive discrete product manufacturers and semiconductor fabrication facilities because Kanbans just don't work well in this environment and the available shop floor control systems had no features available to support a pull system.  But the Vortex demand-pull manafuacturing system changes all that by pulling work within the factory based on flow time instead of unit-replenishment.  Please take a look at the video below and then call or contact us for a discussion, demo, and/or an integration proposal.

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An Automated Demand-Pull System Embodiment

    The Figures below illustrate an embodiment of the demand-pull system, which can be implemented using a software system with a database.  In this embodiment, a .NET service bus and MSSQL database running on a networked Microsoft Windows server are connected via the local area network (LAN) to individual clients in the various WCs. 

Read more: An Automated Demand-Pull System Embodiment

Comparison of Time-Based Demand-Pull versus POLCA

POLCA (Paired Overlapping Loops of Cards with Authorization) is a prior art system to produce solutions to the application addressed herein, that is, demand-based shop floor control in a high mix, or high variety, production environment. 

Read more: Comparison of Time-Based Demand-Pull versus POLCA

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Lockheed Martin

lm-logo-web-whiteLockheed Martin's Focal Plane division in Goleta CA needed to increase capacity in its wafer fab and focal plane electronic assembly areas.  After generating several preliminary designs, DeHart Consulting was hired to review the factory layouts within the context of lean manufacturing principles and to assist with the overall facility redesign efforts.

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