talisman plastics switches to 24/7 operation to meet increased demand for medical products due to COVID-19 using intouch i4 cloud
Talisman Plastics, a state-of-the-art manufacturer with nearly 100 years of experience of producing injection moulded products for a wide variety of sectors including aerospace, medical, automotive, electronics and white goods implemented the Intouch i4 Cloud in 2019 in all its 27 machines, two of which produce key NHS medical equipment.
Talisman’s ethos is “doing the right thing for the customers” and in order to ensure that they meet the increased demand for medical equipment due to COVID-19, they have switched their medical equipment machines to 24/7 operation. The Intouch i4 Cloud allows them to leave the machines completely unmanned during the 48 hours of the weekend, increasing production whilst keeping their staff safe.
Using the Intouch i4 Cloud, Talisman staff can remotely access the following with their phones (or on other devices such as laptops and tablets) :
- Mimic displays which shows real-time machine status and the shift profile
- Clicking on the virtual machines gives them more detailed information of the machine
- Downtime alerts were created (in the form of emails sent to designated users)
Following their first unmanned weekend, Talisman Production Manager, Ewelina Skalska said:
‘We have found it extremely useful and it helped us to reduce downtime to a minimum – The downtime reports listing the reasons for downtime, the shift profile – how many times machine stopped within the shift and why! And of course, recently the mobile phone option, where we can remotely monitor machines downtime. Email alerts letting us know when machines have been stopped for longer than 30 minutes is a massive improvement and it helped us to improve BT Cells (NHS) machines efficiency from approx.. 75% to over 95% !!’