To visualize the current state of a Zahner project, data from traditionally separate workstreams needed to be combined. By mapping our inventory database, shipping system, and manufacturing schedule- Michelle was able to generate a company cross section in time. These visualizations were then used as a 3-dimensional diagram of Zahner’s status quo as it changed minute to minute.
Michelle filtered through disparate materials and scheduled production activities by developing tools in Python, Rhino, and Grasshopper. Linked to Zahner’s company database, these tools produced near realtime information on material location, processing information, schedule, and overlapping activities.
The tools created for the Moving Metal project helped to improve transparency between Zahner departments, making Zahner more efficient and competitive. Future work will build on Michelle’s proof of concept tools to be utilized by the larger engineering teams.