When using M-Box you can not only see if a machine is running (and who is operating it), but you can also track what job or project the machine is working on. For this you will use the production smartcards, for which 2 card types are available. In this article we explain the differences between the card types (colour cards vs job card) with the specific advantages.
Yes, this is a useful strategy if you want to isolate the machine time for a particular step in the process. The time will be visible for that job, but also added to the total productive time of the order for cost price analysis.
In injection moulding, each mould configuration is in fact a specifically defined job, only the quantity is not specified. The M-Box on injection moulding however counts each individual shot, so when the job is marked completed the system knows and adds the shot count to the job.
Yes, this can be done. Keep in mind however that whenever an unscheduled job appears on a machine (colour card is placed) the system assumes the scheduled job for that machine with that card is productive. When this happens, it should (but can easily) be fixed in the scheduling module of the mobile device or the web portal.
Use of the functionalities of scheduling and job progress tracking do not require any smart cards if individual jobs are manually started and stopped via the mobile device or the web portal.