For the implementation, the Limburg-based factory opted for a factory line that allows for proper testing of all functionalities. Operator Michael is part of the project team. He clarifies the decision: ‘Line 6 produces potato flakes, making it a true process line. Plus, this is where a lot of new and young operators work, the line is limited to a single space and the process is transparent. Perfect to kick things off with.’ Stef Heerkens is in charge as the project lead and makes up a team together with Michael, team lead Suat and quality controller Marie-José. Their schedules have been freed up for this initial implementation, allowing them to dedicate themselves completely. EZ Factory’s Martijn Brussen and Robert Bouwman assist with on-site preparations.
As it turns out, the implementation of the app is a great moment to review the old material, according to Stef: ‘Departing from the paper-based tome, we updated all tasks, procedures and checklists and made new photos of everything.’ Michael adds: ‘We also subdivided tasks into smaller pieces: where a single task may have contained several steps in the past, they have now been entered into EZ-GO step-by-step. Plus, we made instruction videos that have proven very useful because they show the operator what to do at a glance.’ Jimi smiles: ‘In theory, I can now operate the entire line using EZ-GO. I’m not even kidding: thanks to EZ-GO, new employees can get started right away. It appeals to younger employees in particular, but our seniors know their way around it just as well by now. We conducted a survey among the operators at line 6. They rated the app a 4.5 out of 5 and were especially pleased about the user-friendliness.’