ARROW Andon is an alerting and reporting system for assembly industry. ARROW Andon can improve the efficiency, lead-time and quality of the assembly process.
ARROW Andon allows a production worker to halt assembly when a problem is noticed. Originally, Andon was developed at Toyota to improve production. The goal was to improve both the process and the quality. When a fault is noticed, a problem solving sequence begins and the necessary personnel are called together.
An example of the basic functions of ARROW Andon
- Assembly points have equipment for the reporting of faults
- When a problem, e.g. lack of materials, design flaw or lack of resources, is observed, the assembly worker sends a notification
- The ARROW Andon system receives information about the malfunction and activates an alert, in the form of e.g. GSM, e-mail, sound alert or info screens
- The person responsible for repairs arrives and marks the problem as currently being worked on
- Once the situation has been cleared, information concerning the issue’s cause, duration etc. are reported into the ARROW Andon system.
The benefits of ARROW Andon in developing assembly line production
- The efficiency of the assembly process is improved, lead-times become shorter and quality increases.
- Fast communication in case of a malfunction
- Reporting and visual features support development
- Assembly personnel participation and responsibility