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Caroline Rutkowska
Written by Caroline Rutkowska

What is it and how do I add technology to a product?🧬

Technology is nothing more than the production stages that your product must go through in order to be produced. Depending on what you want to settle, in Prodio technology you can even include such stages as offering, customer acceptance or the production itself.

Not all fields are required to be completed - operation parameters, tags or operation types can be added later.

The position of operations in production technology is very important to employees. The first one from the top will be the one that the employee sees and starts working first (according to the principle: top to bottom). If you make a mistake, you don't have to worry: you can easily change the position of the operation in the list - just hold down the cross symbol.

Each single technological operation / machine added to the product is one TASK on the ORDER, so through so many operations our product will go to the READY PRODUCT.

To be able to add production technology to a product, we must first add our machines and operations that we will use :) To do this, go into the settings, and then select the machines / operations. It is in this tab that we create our database of machines and operations. These can be machine-specific names or terms that you only use in your production. Operations are activities that you perform strictly during the manufacturing process.

Once we have the database of our machines and operations, you can create your own technological path by clicking the blue button "add operation / machine". You can add as many operations and machines as you want.

Remember to select "end machine" for the last operation. Then the employee, who is finishing work on the last manufacturing task, informs us how many pieces of a given product are finally ready for sale or storage and the order status will automatically change from "in production" to "done"

* Optional -

*This is a setting operation

You can improve your production management by using machine setup times / job site preparation. Here are various industry examples of our clients:

-Metal processing: tool change on a CNC machine

-Injection / Elastomers industry: mold assembly on injection molding machine / hydraulic press

-Printing / cardboard packaging: incl. setting slicer parameters

-Other productions: cleaning of pouring plants in the production of cosmetics

This means everything that needs to be done to create a product in a given workplace.

Then we will have to set the given machine / operation twice. The first will be labeled as setting operation, and the second will be the correct operation.

*It independent on the number of items

Sometimes there are operations that you only perform once per data

order - e.g. issuing a quality certificate, loading a truck,

cleaning, furniture assembly or preparation of the project by the constructor (no

it doesn't matter whether you have 20 or 10,000 in your order, it doesn't

by this number).

As the name suggests - regardless of the number of pieces - in yours

The order will always be filled with the category: 1 (done) / 0 (no


When registering a job, the employee will have two STOP options - no

ready, STOP - ready.

*Performance standard

Decide for yourself how you want to store the information - you may be used to the number of pieces per hour, or you may prefer to enter the time needed to make one piece - in seconds, minutes or hours. Then, when you add a new manufacturing order, the software will automatically calculate the estimated production time.

Any comments attached to an operation will be visible to the operator after the start of work on a given manufacturing task, for a given technological process. It is voluntary, so you do not need to write any comments - it is best to make it as simple and effective as possible.

* Double use of the same machine / operation in production technology

You can do this and vary it so that it is easy to make them stand out on the shopp floor. The good news is that there are no limits. If you have a product e.g. with CNC pretreatment that then goes to quenching to return to the same CNC machine for finishing, you can set the TAGs in the "Pre-Machining" and "Finishing Process" system to assign them to the required technology.

* Not selecting anything in the "optional" field

After completing the work, the employee writes down the number of pieces made in his panel on the desktop (manufacturing task). You can set standards for individual operations and decide whether you count the number of pieces per hour or the time of making one piece (in seconds, minutes, hours).

* Why is it worth using production technology?

  • When the production technology is filled, the machines automatically show up when scheduling manufacturing orders
  • You can use the marking of orders pending for the predecessor.
  • The achieved results are compared with the results contained in the technology for employees
  • You can use the estimated time to complete and the workload
  • You can use precise information for each process / stage

High five 🙋‍♀️ - team Prodio!

Prodio is a user friendly production planning software for small manufacturers.