4M ANALYSIS PROCEDURE
Maintenance, production, safety, quality, inspection, audits and many other procedures can
be digitized with the new Augmented & Connected Worker solution.
WHAT IS THE 4M ANALYSIS PROCEDURE?
The 4M is a troubleshooting and risk-management method, commonly used in manufacturing. It allows businesses to identify and group issues that impact operations and affect Materials, Methods, Machines, or Man (workforce).
Therefore, the 4M Analysis aims to avoid situations that may endanger any element of the production, either materials or workers themselves, and that may cause unexpected operational downtime.
The 4M Analysis procedure
HOW IS THE 4M ANALYSIS IMPLEMENTED?
If an issue related to any of the 4Ms occurs, this may lead to greater error or unexpected downtime. Therefore, the process must include a clear improvement definition, followed by a list of potential issues of the method, and, finally, the issues that were identified must be solved quickly.
The main issues can be categorized as follow:
- Man: Competencies, technology, organization, resources, or bad communication.
- Machine: Setup/installation, supplier, or even the equipment’s design
- Methods: Issues can be related to the process procedures or schedules.
- Materials: Design, or material quality.
- Other: Other external factors such as demand or budget can also present issues.
HOW CAN DIGITAL PLATFORMS IMPROVE THE PROCESS?
DIGITAL WORK INSTRUCTIONS
By digitizing the 4M Analysis process, workers can access information in real-time to help them identify the source(s) of the problem.
CREATE DIGITAL CHECKLISTS
Create an advanced digital checklist directly on the shop floor to identify issues with any of the “Ms” and record them for future analysis. The checklist can be activated whenever needed and the content adjusted as required.
Of transitioning from Paper to Digital Procedures
With Industry 4.0 tools, knowledge retention is optimized and accelerated. Data presented in the form of graphs help workers have a better understanding of information. Automatic reports can be used for audits, and inspections, and, to improve the overall decision-making process.
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