The software is highly configurable and PINpoint team helped us building our skills to manage it ourself. It provide a lot of functionnalities that can be implemented gradually. Our most used funtionnalities are torque tool control, PLC interface, check lists, quality alerts, andon system with process interlock. The software has proven to be reliable with a very low downtime and when we exceptionally face a critical issue, PINpoint team have been very reactive to handle it and provide a solution. Reporting capabilities greatly improved with last version and it helps to identify process weakness that need to be addressed to improve our productivity.
Corrections of minor issues are sometimes very long to come and the major upgrades are complexe and can cause some issues.
Thank you Guillaume for your valuable feedback, and for sharing your experience with PINpoint over 6 years. We strive to make our software products as easy to use and learn as possible, and as you know we're here 24/7 to support you with your unique manufacturing processes so you and your team can optimize your assembly line and become self-sufficient sooner.
The latest version 5.0 of our products called V5 MES (for complete assembly line control and monitoring), and V5 ANDON (for advanced plant floor communications, product tracking and manufacturing monitoring/measurement) feature our most powerful search engine to date, including a live-streaming "Dashboard" app that displays your assembly line overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in real-time.
PINpoint V5 MES and V5 ANDON can be configured on-the-fly from the Cloud in a website on any device, ensuring your continuous improvement initiatives are ongoing so that product quality and assembly efficiency are always maximized.
This software is great for collecting and storing critical data from assembly lines. You are able to connect many different devices to it like: DC tools, scales, badge readers, scanners, wireless gages, PLC's, and so on. The company is always evolving as well, trying to improve their processes for their customers. They also have very good customer support.
I don't have anything negative about this software to say at this time. The biggest "Con" that I see are people who want to use the software, but do not take the time to learn how it works. Instead, they will copy programs and guess on certain areas. But, this issue has nothing to do with the software itself.
Thank You Jason for being a such a steadfast user of PINpoint software - your experience corresponds with all the users across the World who also work in PINpoint everyday in different languages to build a variety of complicated products.
In addition to PINpoint's powerful error-proofing features and benefits, and its ability to monitor and control the assembly line, PINpoint's latest Version 5.0 products represent our most value-added manufacturing execution system (MES), and Andon system software to date; with an industry leading short return on investment (ROI) payback in only a couple/few months.
PINpoint V5 provides users the plant floor management tool-set they need to really impact product quality and assembly line efficiency. Contact us to see a live demo of the new performance "Dashboard" app, featuring up-to-the-millisecond overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) live-streamed reports right to your tablet/Smartphone from the cloud, i.e. real-time manufacturing intel.
Error proofing & assembly build accuracy as well as historical build validation.
Ease of use, visual queuing, multi-lingual, mature interfacing ability with controllers, tools & print functions.
There are occasions where software needs to be able to account for network activity and other anomalies and respond in a way that is self-adjusting. (But, as these issues arise they are able to accommodate). We have had to do some database tuning to optimize the DB transactions.
Thank you Peter, we appreciate you sharing feedback about your experience with PINpoint's manufacturing execution system. Now available in Version 5 (released 2018), the latest software is even more flexible and scalable than ever to service the needs of all small sized manufacturers [1(+) workstation(s)] to large/enterprise manufacturers [unlimited users, any location].
V5 is the ideal first-step in the transition to Industry 4.0 methodologies and a paperless manufacturing strategy; by first solving the issues that impact profitability, i.e. can you manufacture Quality products Efficiently?
We've further improved the Manufacturing Intelligence capabilities in the latest V5 MES & V5 ANDON products to include a live-stream of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metrics right to your phone/tablet. The assembly line performance "Dashboard" app is an essential tool to discover cycle/Takt time bottlenecks which otherwise would go unnoticed. Please contact us to learn more about V5.
Mainly the traceability of serial number data and conformity to the assembly process.
The amount of data captured was extremely large. Good for capturing measurement data and torque data. Very good tracability.
Sorting through the data was not as easy as earlier versions. Older hardware devices remained within the database and was a pain to delete forever.
Thank you for your feedback Barry, and for providing insight into your experience with PINpoint over 7 years. The software continues to be evolved in 2018 to play an integral role in the small-medium/large-enterprise size manufacturer's transition to paperless manufacturing and Industry 4.0 methodologies.
PINpoint V5.0 now features 2 powerful manufacturing intelligence apps called 'Dashboard' and 'Production Analytics'. The Dashboard live-streams your assembly line's performance (OEE) right to your phone. Production Analytics allows for 'Cube' database searches in the Factory's server - it comes pre-installed with manufacturing reports you can customize and output from PINpoint or Microsoft Excel daily.
With PINpoint the manufacturer is always in the know of the info they need to improve their manufacturing processes; in order to maximize error-proofing and production output, i.e. increase quality and efficiency. Please don't hesitate to contact us to schedule your demo of V5!
Strong Process Control with GUI level read across station to station. Tools can be set up in the library that can be used by Process Engineers to manage their process without needing Controls Engineering input and help in most cases.
Requires increased skill sets in each group working with it but on the positive side easily managed. The application does require a new approach to managing process control. It is not the traditional PLC layer control system. That is not a bad thing, just requires a commitment to move forward with new technology that provides a new set of functional benefits that cant be achieved in traditional PLC layer.
Thank You for your review and we agree that the process control capabilities of the PINpoint MES (out-of-the-box) sets our software apart from the competitors. With the ability to control both the human and machine aspects of the assembly line, and the capability to turn off tools and devices and even stop the assembly line, ensures that defective products never get shipped to the customer!
We've made the new PINpoint V5 even more easy to use and interpret by utilizing the latest data visualization methods including situational awareness graphics, animations, and videos.
V5 MES and V5 ANDON also now include our "Dashboard" app which is a powerful overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) reporting tool. Now you can know exactly how your factory is performing from a website live-streamed from the Cloud.
We've made the new PINpoint V5 accessible to any manufacturer small or large and regardless of location. V5 is the ideal first-step in your transition to Industry 4.0 methodologies.
Quality traceability gains, improved operator training lead times.
Pinpoint enables fantastic operator control and traceability of build quality.
Quality & training systems by each operator,
Functionality of dashboard and andon systems
I am looking forward to the new system release, and the many new tools and systems that this brings
Start up and network reliance, that upon system outages causes production stops, due to RIC locations.
We appreciate your feedback Kevin, Thank You for sharing such valuable insight into your experience with PINpoint.
Earlier in 2018 we released our most powerful version 5.0 of the software to date called V5 MES for complete assembly line process control and measurement; and V5 ANDON for advanced plant floor communications, product tracking, and manufacturing intelligence - an ideal first step for those manufacturers who are new to paperless manufacturing and are now developing their Industry 4.0 strategy and methodology.
PINpoint software is designed to grow with the manufacturer as their operations grow since the system is flexible and scalable indefinitely, regardless of the factory's location in the World; and innovations are ongoing since new updated software versions are made available frequently each year.
Please don't hesitate to contact us to book your live demo of PINpoint V5; or should you require any support, our team is available as always 24 hours/day 7 days/week.
Easy modification. Good end user interface.
With programming details on hand, it is easy to create each step.
Upgrades cause issues. Not able to let user move / duplicate a group of process easily.
Required to ask for PinPoint help to do it behind the scene.
Thank You Bobby for your review, and insight into your experience with PINpoint software. As always we have continued the evolutionary path of our products with the input of our valued customers like yourself. If you haven't experienced the new version 5.0 software we encourage you to contact us for a demonstration since there have been many advancements made in terms of usability and ease of configuration.
Further, even more powerful reporting features have been added to make the business intelligence and manufacturing intelligence apps in PINpoint more powerful and customizable - included are popular manufacturing report templates you make your own, and set-up for daily viewing so you're always in the know of how your production line is doing versus your goal.
Use the new performance "Dashboard" app to receive up-to-the-millisecond or live-streaming of your assembly line's overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and cycle time reports right to your tablet or phone from the cloud.
This software is capable to work with various brands of equipment which allows having competition between manufacturers
Every changed made to a process is live. Not able to manage several version of the process with "go live" date.
Thank you Hugues, we appreciate you providing us feedback about your experience with PINpoint MES. We're glad you find our manufacturing execution system flexible to accommodate various brands of tools, and many other devices including sensors, vision systems and testers. We've made assembly line configuration straightforward to enable you to make process step changes in real-time.
If you haven't seen a demo of the latest version 5.0 MES (released 2018) please contact us; it represents the most powerful version of PINpoint software yet, with live-streaming of your assembly line's overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) from the Cloud right to a phone or tablet.
The "Dashboard" app is a necessary assembly line cycle time/Takt time and process step optimization tool. It provides manufacturers with live metrics by Plant view, Line view and Workstation view enabling you to hone in on production bottlenecks that would have otherwise gone unnoticed (missed opportunities to reduce waste).
I really like how it works with KEPWARE. I also like how you can configure the hardware. The reports and relationships as well as the user management is very nice. I also like the and on aspect. Being able to send messages and quality alert to each individual station as well as being able to decide who can work where are great features.
Not like the difficulty of the building flow and making changes on it. I also wish I could use an ethernet best I/O module like a phoenix connector without having to have a PLC. Using a smart arm does not work very well when everything is server based. Subscribing and unsubscribing to each tool for every individual tightening on a single step Really slows down the entire system. Overall the network traffic is too much which makes everything very slow.
Thank you for your review, we are always keen to hear our customers experience on the functionality and ease of use of PINpoint MES & Andon system software. In our latest V5 software we've built on the pros you list to make an even more powerful error-proofing and business intelligence solution that's essential for any manufacturer to improve quality and efficiency.
In reply to your concerns we assume your reference to the build page is our SmartBuild app; it's very likely you're using the old build page (V4.x) which doesn't have improvements now included in V5 making it easier to manage assembly line changes from the cloud. The I/O module comment is not relating to PINpoint and the smart arm comment is unclear - we have not had to improve the way we interface with smart arms. Lastly, according to our Engineering team the system should never be slowing so the cause may be something that's particular to your network or specific tools you're using. Please contact us for 24/7 support.
The flexibility of the software to adapt to many projects and customer needs is very helpful. User Friendly
The cost is a little more expensive then most but the software is user friendly so that makes up for it in most cases.
Thank You for your review Brian, and for sharing your feedback regarding your positive experiences with PINpoint software and our team. You'll be pleased to learn we've evolved the software again; it's now in version 5.0, and it's even more user-friendly, intuitive to use and interpret with new situational awareness graphics and data visualization.
The new PINpoint V5 performance Dashboard app is notable. Now the manufacturer can view their assembly line overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) at-a-glance from the cloud on any wireless device anytime! Identify cycle time bottlenecks in your production line as they happen, right down to the workstation operator and the time it takes them to complete each and every process step.
Set your Goal Planed Actual (GPA) for the shift, configure your cycle time and Takt time, and PINpoint will live-stream your plant floor OEE performance (millisecond updates) right to your wireless device. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a live demo.
Improved error proofing demands of our customers. Very user friendly and easy to learn.
Technical capabilities and understanding of processes make Pinpoint a leader in this field. Very professional company to deal with.
Not as customized as in previous years. After service support is a little on the expensive side for monthly maintenance fees.
Thank You for your review Todd, it's great to hear about your positive experience with PINpoint. You will be pleased to know we have made the latest Version 5.0 product even more value-added and customizable; including powerful manufacturing intelligence report templates you can make your own.
Further, PINpoint V5 now features a powerful performance "Dashboard" that live-streams over-all equipment effectiveness (OEE) data right to your phone or tablet from the cloud. Identify cycle-time bottlenecks in your production line in order to optimize workstation process steps to meet your Takt time, and Goal Planned Actual (GPA) for every shift.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule your demonstration of the new PINpoint V5.
I like the ease of programming and setting everything in the system. I really like the tracking section, being able to interlock tools and track product has helped in many ways
New Reports, most of the features do not work correctly. I cannot get fastening reports to work or operator reports to work, they generate blank pages. I like the original report section better than the newest
Thank you Kendra for your review and positive feedback. The latest version PINpoint V5 now includes two (2) powerful reporting apps:
1) the performance "Dashboard" provides a live-stream from the cloud of the assembly line's real-time Goal Planned Actual, and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) so you can know at any time if you are on track/trending to meet your daily manufacturing goals - including cycle time and Takt time analysis so bottlenecks in your production / process steps can be found and optimized.
2) the "Production Analytics" app allows for multi-dimensional searches of your factory's production database (cube) - with popular report templates included that you can customize for your processes.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule your live demo of PINpoint V5 MES & V5 ANDON; or should you need any assistance with your present software version please do not hesitate to contact your PINpoint service team, they are available 24 hours/day 7 days/week.
Found it to be Robust system, had minimal downtime during integration into existing operations. Good for Torque control, Process visualization
Requires significant investment in IT infrastructure, Not efficient for initial data load or data edit
Requires Client/PC at every work center.
Thank you Kedar for your valued feedback. In early 2018 we released version 5.0 which has many improvements including increased speed and ease-of-use. V5 MES & V5 ANDON are also now quicker to deploy and include many features and reports not available prior to 2017 (version 4.x products).
We encourage you to schedule a live demonstration with us to see the new V5 - which now includes a real-time overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) performance "Dashboard" accessible anytime from the cloud (live-stream) for on-the-fly error-proofing and assembly line problem resolution.
V5 now makes it easier than ever to increase product quality, and assembly line efficiency by instilling a closed-loop accountability in the factory; and by providing plant, manufacturing and quality engineers the real-time data (business and manufacturing intelligence) they need to achieve their production goals and maximize profitability.
Easy to use and no dongle requried. Able to activate and deactivate the license and tranfer around company.
Creation of an image file. Does not currently support Mac OS, have to apply work arounds to capture ,
Thank You Michael. Your feedback is much appreciated.