ELAM Solutions is a cloud-based worker assistance system and consists of the following applications:
ELAM Administration is a web application that is used to manage production data and to create digital workflows in form of flowcharts. This article is intended to give a first overview of the functionality and to make it easier to get started.
Creating flowcharts is the core function of ELAM Solutions. Flowcharts are used to create digital workflows step by step and display them in the Assistant for employees. In the standard setup you will find a prepared flowchart "OnBoarding Flowchart" for orientation.
The Flowchart Editor will start in View Mode. You will see an example of a simple workflow and information about it. By clicking on the individual steps you will be able to see more details:
Now click on Edit Mode to to edit the flowchart:
In the Edit Mode of the flowchart editor you can make changes.
The following functions and information are displayed in Edit Mode:
Under "User" you have the option to create and manage users. These can then be assigned to different groups to manage permissions in the next step.
If you want to define different user roles, you can create groups and assign different access rights to each of them.
Workstations can be created and managed under "Stations". To be able to use tools, they must always be assigned to a station. Documents that are assigned to a station can be called up in the Assistant at any time (see "Documents").
To use the following tools with ELAM Solutions, at least one SWA5 client WiFi device is required: The tools include:
These tools are connected directly to the SWA5 client and show up automatically in the Administration as a tool. Created tools appear on the Tool Overview page and must be manually assigned to a station.
Note: Following tools don't require a SWA5 Client WiFi:
These tools must be created manually in the Administration on the Tool overview page and communicate directly via the Internet with ELAM Solutions.
Under "Documents",files such as images, PDF and videos can be uploaded and assigned to variants or stations.
Explanation of the Document assignment function for:
If documents are assigned to the variant, they can be called up in the Assistant at any time. This is the case when a variant is started in the Assistant and an employee wants to call up necessary documents at any time. Often, technical drawings are added to the variant here.
If documents are assigned to the station, they can be called up in the Assistant at any time. Safety instructions or information on tools are often added here.
This is what the Document Overview looks like:
You can either create variants manually, or import them via a CSV file. Please note the necessary file template. To start a flowchart in the Assistant, you must create a variant and assign it to a flowchart and one or more stations.
To create a variant manually:
How to import variants using csv files:
You can make the assignment in this menu, or in the Flowchart Editor -> "Assignments" (See Edit Mode of the Flowchart Editor).
You can either add parts manually, or import them via a CSV file (using the three dots next to "New part"). Please note the necessary file template.
To add parts manually:
How to import components via csv files:
With this, you should have become familiar with all the basic functions of ELAM Solutions Administration.
From Administration to the Assistant:
The first interaction in the ELAM Assistant always starts in the start form. Via this, the operator can start variants / flowcharts and call up documents.
Connection Status: Displays the live connection status to the cloud.
Full Screen Mode: Allows you to turn full screen mode on or off.
Tool Overview: Displays all tools assigned to the current station.
Language settings: Displays the current language of the Assistant.
Document selection: Allows to call documents (pictures, videos, PDFs) assigned to the current station.
Variant selection: Allows to select a variant assigned to the current station.
System Info: Displays current system info.
How to start a flowchart assigned to a variant:
How to open documents assigned to a station:
A document assigned to a variant opens directly if no flowchart is assigned to the variant. Otherwise flowcharts are started:
If a flowchart and documents are assigned to the variant, the flowchart will be loaded at startup:
In Analytics, the recorded production data can be analyzed in dashboards.
In principle, the production data for the variant is recorded when Flowcharts are started in the Assistant. Inputs, acknowledgements and measured values from tools are assigned to the corresponding variant and used for statistical evaluations. Documents that are opened during runtime in the document display of the Assistant are not included in the statistics.
Starting the evaluation, you are taken directly to the overview of the products:
The Productivity page offers efficiency analyses.
This diagram illustrates the average assembly time per variant. The average assembly time of all variants is shown as a blue line and adapts to the filter settings.
The Quality page demonstrates how many variants were completed in the first run and 100% without errors (green bar) and how many variants were not completed without errors (red bar).