International application for assembly
Planning tasks have different conditions for every application area, leading to a faster processing of bottlenecks thanks to a higher utilization.Typical bottlenecks result from holidays and illness or from a lack of properly qualified employees for a specific department. The international application is accompanied by travel readiness, valid VISA, tax liabilities due to long stays abroad, vaccinations, speaking abilities/translations… If necessary, also customs regulations, arrival and departure times, recording related work at the destination, foreign public holidays/plant closures, limited availability of adhoc required tools and materials.
Furthermore, the tour planning is optimized in order to achieve a favorable route through several successive missions. Sufficient time reserves when changing trains vs. too long stays at the airport.
Booking avoidance in no go areas for the accommodation planning, having short distances from the location of the application, or even getting a vehicle with driver. Overall, the often insufficient transportation, unreliability, safety for our technician (I think of the deadly taxi ride in Rio by a German Olympic coach). For us unfamiliar intransparence about prices and / or negotiation over a price before start.
Behavior in other religious cultures. Timely planning due to family members.
The most important thing: the entire time zone problem with reachability to the center, the jet lag (flying to the east is more difficult than flying to the west). Information about changes of dates and routes of the person who flies and the contact person on site.
Die Unterkunftsplanung, um kurze Wege zum Einsatz vor Ort zu haben, nicht in no go areas zu buchen, ggf. ein Fahrzeug mit Fahrer zu besorgen. Insgesamt ist die oft unzureichende Transportmöglichkeit, Unzuverlässigkeit, Sicherheit für unseren Techniker (ich denke an die tödliche Taxifahrt in Rio von einem deutschen Olympia Trainer). Für uns ungewohnte Intransparenz über Preise bzw. Verhandlung über einen Preis vor Antritt.
The accommodation arrangement, that aims to offer shortcuts to use onsite, makes sure you don’t book in no-go-areas and it helps you to get a vehicle with driver. Our technicians often have to face inadequate means of transportation, unreliability, unsafety situations (I’m thinking about the deadly taxi ride for a German Olympic coach in Rio). For us it’s very unusual to find intransparency about prices or to negociate over a price before the start of a journey.
So that are my own experiences of deployment planning in Arabia, Asia, Australia and Oceania, North and South America.
From our customers I know that infoBoard is used both centrally with a planning board, but also decentrally on several planning boards. That is when the resources are not only distributed, but also separated by subject area. But in special cases also exchange staff. One of our customers schedules 380 planners for 800 installers worldwide for plants in 180 countries.
But a number of people are already planning on a planning boardl: the same resources for local processing in the workshop, but also for assembly work abroad. Two planners can view the “your” personnel tasks separately on the same planning board via the infoBoard object filter.
How to implement infoBoard in a globally distributed organization? That was the question I was asked recently.
The software is international: from Christchurch to Melbourne and Perth Australia, through China and Thailand, from Sweden to Cape Town, New Jersey to Los Angeles, 550 customers in 30 countries work with infoBoard, which is translated into 15 languages and includes 35 country holidays.
InfoBoard covers the following four areas: infoBoard USA LLC serves North and South America from the US, infoBoard Europe GmbH Europe and Africa from Germany and the Netherlands, the time zones in India, Southeast Asia and China, South Korea and Japan are supported by infoBoard International Co. Ltd. Bangkok. Australia, New Zealand and Oceania are managed by infoBoard Autralia (Qmani Melbourne).
As every complex task is split into workable parts. The best way to speak of a live model is:
– Phase 1 Objective and definition of project scope, definition of phase 2 members, definition of external support requirements with infoBoard International services
– Phase 2 Implementation phase with the project members, specification of the scope of application, definition of the workflow, development of the import interfaces, definition of required, further components necessary for success. Limitation to the Pareto rule: with 20% functionality 80% of the task can be done. 2-4 months.
– Phase 3 fine-tuning in all areas: translation of the manual, training documents (video), check of the national holidays, check of the postal codes, check of the software translation, check the on-site technique, setting up an “infoBoard – in our company – wiki” Quality assurance. 2 – 4 months.
– Phase 4 Rollout and training by country. The company-specific manual, the handling of infoBoard, is communicated to the keyuser. An infoBoard FirstLevel Hotline has been set up for the new users in the control center (assembly planning) for one year.
– Phase 5 Review and further development of processes and areas of application after 2 years
It is best to use our software to plan the introduction of infoBoard as a project. The first transformation process starts here, all learn and use 6,000 functions of infoBoard as required. All activities and dates can be coordinated here. The infoBoard service is set up centrally for decentralized use. For the kickoff, this can also take place in an environment externally hosted by infoBoard – just implemented for a Swiss machine manufacturer for printing – (reference on demand).
In order to be able to experience the full technological scope, typical web applications, typical evaluations like infoBoard BusinessController “foreign inserts”,
the mobile infoBoard server components for Android and IOS (Apple) infoBoard apps
and Outlook / Exchange synchronisation
are ready and provided to the project memebers to learn their use and adapt it to their specific benefits.
There’s also the infoBoard Enterprise Edition with infoBoard Map module for tour planning . A video about infoBoard Map module for a South Tyrolean window and door assembly team is on YouTube. The format (layout) of the infoBoard assembly planning results from the company structure, for example, its own branch offices and partners on site. Extensive experience can be found in this pictures pool. In Phase 4, the partners get a web view restricted to their appointments.
In the end you have the great benefit: deadlines calibrated, employees better informed and satisfied, planners relieved and empowered, increased customer expectations.
Certificate: Global Software
Expertise: worldwide planning competence with infoBoard – The electronic planning board
Consulting contract for visualization solutions with infoBoard: with large, German automobile manufacturers
10 years of proven standard software for business planning with 550 customers translated into 15 languages in 30 countries, with 35 country holidays and 6,000 functions plus > 60 modules, open interfaces.