In one production plant, Goodyear used Wisej to develop a production follow-up system, which is interfaced with SAP and MES. The system monitors around 30,000 operations in the production activities at a given time. “To follow live such an amount of data, we had to build a visual interface specific to our needs, where each shown text or color has its meaning for the production planning team. Currently the GUI has many information packed in it, that it allows people to take the right decision straight from the interface, without going to the linked systems” says Eric Mathay, lead developer for the application.
Once the team is on the shop floor, they use an RFID Bluetooth scanner attached to a tablet. The need was to have the web application shown on the tablet and update the GUI based on the scanned data in real time. From the tablet the scanned data is sent to a message server and the Wisej application gets notified using the message server library running as a background task.
By using Wisej, updating the web applications GUI on the browser from the background task is very easy. Despite being a browser-based application, the user experience is fast and smooth with tight integration of RFID scanners similar to a local application setup. This subsystem was created in less than 2 hours!
Goodyear’s software engineers also developed an internal Wiki in a matter of few weeks, featuring Active Directory authentication, hierarchical documents selection, online documents editing, full pages management, folders management, upload of documents, back-end file storage, video tagging during upload, etc. This application is currently being used as the unified document viewer for the shop floor.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an American multinational tire manufacturing company founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling and based in Akron, Ohio.
Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. It also produced bicycle tires from its founding until 1976. As of 2017, Goodyear is one of the top four tire manufacturers along with Bridgestone (Japan), Michelin (France) and Continental (Germany).