PINpoint

Web-based, multi-lingual manufacturing execution system

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PINpoint Overview

What is PINpoint?

V5 MES is a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System (MES) / Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software designed to control, monitor and error-proof manufacturing operations. Available in multiple languages, PINpoint helps small-large sized discrete manufacturers optimize their assembly line.

V5 MES 'controls' and 'monitors' manufacturing assembly line processes for unrivaled product defect detection and mistake-proofing. The software allows manufacturers to effectively make the transition from traditional paper-based or manual process production tracking, to paperless manufacturing and Industry 4.0 standards starting with the digitization of plant floor communications, product tracking and manufacturing reporting (Andon system software app).

The turn-key solution features paperless manufacturing execution, production scheduling, product tracking or product life cycle management (PLM), quality management, business intelligence, and manufacturing intelligence; including live cycle time and Takt time reporting, with a real-time goal planned actual and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) performance 'Dashboard' website manufacturing stakeholders can access from the cloud using any wireless device.

V5 MES software helps manufacturers to detect product assembly errors as they happen to ensure defective products are never shipped (quality increases). The software also helps the manufacturer to identify and measure cycle time bottlenecks in order to make the specific changes required to improve the efficiency of the assembly line (waste reduced).

PINpoint Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$20 000,00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Contact PINpoint Information Systems for detailed pricing information.


PINpoint Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English, French, Spanish

Media

PINpoint V5 MES Welcome Screen (PINpoint Portal/Home Website). The PINpoint Portal features various apps in the top menu; a broad toolset of manufacturing execution tools that's all-encompassing to maximize quality an efficiency.
Start with setting the manufacturing production schedule; which is easily configurable from the cloud in a website on any device. Enter variables of work and break time, and desired products to be built to determine the required Takt/cycle timing.
From the PINpoint Portal website access the 'SmartScreen' app to configure the assembly line workstation user-interfaces/touchscreens. Including the configuration of screen layout, the addition of timers, gauges, and call or help buttons etc.
Vital info is displayed at workstation 'SmartScreens' to guide workers in the tasks/process steps they're required to complete. In the case of a fastening operation, data visualization/animations ensure the user's awareness of the status of their work
'SmartScreen' assembly line touchscreens provide work instructions after the user is logged in and verified. Set up an unlimited amount of process steps to build unique products. As the operator progresses the MES error-proofs all process steps
A second sample 'SmartScreen' assembly line work station user-interface or touchscreen. The screens are fully customizable from a website in the cloud; in a drag-and-drop Windows GUI changes can be made in real time from any smart device.
'SmartScreens' ensure product quality by communicating and tracking product defects as they happen and to resolution. Workstation operators interact w/ the 'SmartScreen' and update them as product quality issues are resolved. Use 'Tracking' app to verify.
The 'Dashboard' manufacturing reporting app is essential for manufacturing optimization and the increase of product quality & assembly efficiency. Real-time overall equipment effectiveness/OEE metrics inform users of how operations are really running.
The manufacturing performance 'Dashboard' app can be accessed from the cloud in a website on any smart device. The 'Dashboard' updates in real-time as assembly line activities/process steps occur; ensuring the most accurate info to optimize operations
The manufacturing performance 'Dashboard' can also be configured to display easy to read plant/line/station overview gauges for at-a-glance updates of manufacturing operations status/progress. Monitor cycle/Takt, goal plan actual and OEE on-the-fly.
PINpoint video PINpoint screenshot: PINpoint V5 MES Welcome Screen (PINpoint Portal/Home Website). The PINpoint Portal features various apps in the top menu; a broad toolset of manufacturing execution tools that's all-encompassing to maximize quality an efficiency. PINpoint screenshot: Start with setting the manufacturing production schedule; which is easily configurable from the cloud in a website on any device. Enter variables of work and break time, and desired products to be built to determine the required Takt/cycle timing. PINpoint screenshot: From the PINpoint Portal website access the 'SmartScreen' app to configure the assembly line workstation user-interfaces/touchscreens. Including the configuration of screen layout, the addition of timers, gauges, and call or help buttons etc. PINpoint screenshot: Vital info is displayed at workstation 'SmartScreens' to guide workers in the tasks/process steps they're required to complete. In the case of a fastening operation, data visualization/animations ensure the user's awareness of the status of their work PINpoint screenshot: 'SmartScreen' assembly line touchscreens provide work instructions after the user is logged in and verified. Set up an unlimited amount of process steps to build unique products. As the operator progresses the MES error-proofs all process steps PINpoint screenshot: A second sample 'SmartScreen' assembly line work station user-interface or touchscreen. The screens are fully customizable from a website in the cloud; in a drag-and-drop Windows GUI changes can be made in real time from any smart device. PINpoint screenshot: 'SmartScreens' ensure product quality by communicating and tracking product defects as they happen and to resolution. Workstation operators interact w/ the 'SmartScreen' and update them as product quality issues are resolved. Use 'Tracking' app to verify. PINpoint screenshot: The 'Dashboard' manufacturing reporting app is essential for manufacturing optimization and the increase of product quality & assembly efficiency. Real-time overall equipment effectiveness/OEE metrics inform users of how operations are really running. PINpoint screenshot: The manufacturing performance 'Dashboard' app can be accessed from the cloud in a website on any smart device. The 'Dashboard' updates in real-time as assembly line activities/process steps occur; ensuring the most accurate info to optimize operations PINpoint screenshot: The manufacturing performance 'Dashboard' can also be configured to display easy to read plant/line/station overview gauges for at-a-glance updates of manufacturing operations status/progress. Monitor cycle/Takt, goal plan actual and OEE on-the-fly.

PINpoint Reviews

PINpoint Reviews

Overall rating
4,1
/
5
Excellent
5

Very good
6

Average
3

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
3,7
Features
4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4,4
79% recommended this app
Verified Reviewer

Excellent Process Control Application allowing the right Mfg role to manage their process...


Guillaume F.

By implementing PINpoint 6 years ago, we discovered a usefull and robust application


Stefan W.

I have worked with pinpoint for 8 years. Sometimes it difficult to make simple changes.


Jason B.

I have used the Pinpoint application everyday for the past 7+ years.


Peter S.

Overall experience with software, installation & support has been positive

Error proofing & assembly build accuracy as well as historical build validation.


Verified Reviewer
Industry: Automotive

Excellent Process Control Application allowing the right Mfg role to manage their process scope.

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/26
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Response from PINpoint Information Systems

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.

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Guillaume F.

By implementing PINpoint 6 years ago, we discovered a usefull and robust application

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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.

Cons

Corrections of minor issues are sometimes very long to come and the major upgrades are complexe and can cause some issues.

Response from PINpoint Information Systems

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.

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Stefan W.

I have worked with pinpoint for 8 years. Sometimes it difficult to make simple changes.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/19
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Response from PINpoint Information Systems

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.

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Jason B.

I have used the Pinpoint application everyday for the past 7+ years.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Response from PINpoint Information Systems

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.

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Peter S.
Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Overall experience with software, installation & support has been positive

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/04/26
Review Source: Capterra

Error proofing & assembly build accuracy as well as historical build validation.

Pros

Ease of use, visual queuing, multi-lingual, mature interfacing ability with controllers, tools & print functions.

Cons

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.

Response from PINpoint Information Systems

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8/10
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PINpoint Pricing

PINpoint Pricing

Starting from
US$20 000,00/year
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Contact PINpoint Information Systems for detailed pricing information.

Contact PINpoint Information Systems for detailed pricing information.

Value for Money
3,7/5
Based on 14 user ratings
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PINpoint Features

PINpoint Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4/5
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Additional information for PINpoint

Additional information for PINpoint

Key features of PINpoint

  • 'Analytics' app records all process steps for analysis
  • 'BigScreen' app for plant floor digital signage and TVs
  • 'Dashboard' app graphical elements link to related websites
  • 'Dashboard' app provides real-time OEE reports from cloud
  • 'Scheduler' app to set goals
  • 'Scheduler' app used to schedule production and worker goals
  • 'SmartBuild' app allows for config of assembly line & timing
  • 'Tracking' app tracks product lifecycle from cradle to grave
  • 'Tracking' app tracks product right down to location on line
  • Activity 'Dashboard' accessible from cloud on any device
  • Andon system
  • Approval process control
  • Assembly line configuration
  • Assembly line monitoring, and process control - tools on/off
  • Assembly line process control & monitoring
  • Available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi +more
  • Birth history reporting; all associated activities recorded
  • Business and manufacturing intelligence
  • Business intelligence
  • Compare plant/employee performance metrics on screen
  • Customizable manufacturing report templates
  • Customizable reporting
  • Cycle-time optimization, goal planned actual, OEE reporting
  • Data is collected & reported on within milliseconds -Cube DB
  • Data visualization
  • Data visualization/situational awareness graphics/animation
  • Defect tracking - product error-proofing
  • Document management
  • Document publishing from the cloud to plant floor
  • Drag & drop Windows-based user experience, WYSIWYG interface
  • Employee management w/ employee database, verify credentials
  • Error-proofing app for defective products
  • Forecasting
  • Goal setting / tracking
  • History tracking
  • Instruction deployment
  • Job tracking via 'Tracking' app; w/ process step verify
  • Live monitoring for rapid incident management/resolution
  • Manufacturing intelligence
  • Manufacturing intelligence reports
  • Manufacturing monitoring and process control
  • Multi-dimensional (Cube) database accessible by 'Analytics'
  • Multi-dimensional database using included app or Excel
  • Multi-language
  • Output labels to printing devices connected to plant network
  • Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) reporting
  • Process step management, control, and monitoring (reporting)
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Product tracking
  • Production part approval process (PPAP)
  • Production scheduling
  • Production tracking
  • Productivity reporting
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Real-time 'production analytics' app accessible from cloud
  • Real-time analytics
  • Real-time assembly line process monitoring & machine control
  • Real-time data
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Real-time notifications
  • Real-time performance dashboard and reporting / knowledge
  • Real-time progress tracking via 'Production Tracking' app
  • Real-time reporting
  • Real-time reporting and production analytics, OEE dashboard
  • Real-time updates
  • Send email alerts, text messages, and videos on-the-fly
  • Send email, SMS; video broadcast, and audible alerts/alarms
  • Sign-in required, employee timing and location verified
  • Situational awareness graphics
  • Solve quality issues as they happen; never ship a defect
  • Supplier management
  • Supply chain management
  • The MES network updates indefinitely as inputs/outputs occur
  • Work instruction authoring

Benefits

  • Create work orders w/ PINpoint V5 or import them from an existing ERP software.

  • Schedule production and establish cycle/TAKT time, goals planned average (GPA) & measure and report overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) in real-time using the Dashboard app.

  • Manage plant floor documents, operator credentials & skills. Send digital work instructions to the each each workstation, send quality alerts, and other messages or videos instantly via the cloud.

  • Track serial numbers in real time and the the location of the product, right down to its physical location on the assembly line (birth history management).

  • Manage Andon communications with an easily configurable software app - display or broadcast easy to understand information on large screens with text, animations, graphics and videos for all manufacturing stakeholders to see. Utilize role based resolution to validate supervisor credentials and enforce reason lists. Send alerts via email or text to manufacturing stakeholders instantly.

  • Create touchscreen call buttons to aid assembly line workers when they need it. Andon app allows users to fully customize and configure plant floor communication settings including touchscreen button actions or alerts, e.g. to call for help, or materials call - customize as needed. Set up plant floor BigScreen displays to visually inform manufacturing stakeholders of problems and progress.

  • Use the Production Analytics app for manufacturing intelligence and business intelligence reporting right from the cloud in real-time.

  • PINpoint FAQs

    PINpoint FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for PINpoint.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does PINpoint offer?

    PINpoint offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$20 000,00/year

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Contact PINpoint Information Systems for detailed pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of PINpoint?

    PINpoint offers the following features:

    • 'Analytics' app records all process steps for analysis
    • 'BigScreen' app for plant floor digital signage and TVs
    • 'Dashboard' app graphical elements link to related websites
    • 'Dashboard' app provides real-time OEE reports from cloud
    • 'Scheduler' app to set goals
    • 'Scheduler' app used to schedule production and worker goals
    • 'SmartBuild' app allows for config of assembly line & timing
    • 'Tracking' app tracks product lifecycle from cradle to grave
    • 'Tracking' app tracks product right down to location on line
    • Activity 'Dashboard' accessible from cloud on any device
    • Andon system
    • Approval process control
    • Assembly line configuration
    • Assembly line monitoring, and process control - tools on/off
    • Assembly line process control & monitoring
    • Available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi +more
    • Birth history reporting; all associated activities recorded
    • Business and manufacturing intelligence
    • Business intelligence
    • Compare plant/employee performance metrics on screen
    • Customizable manufacturing report templates
    • Customizable reporting
    • Cycle-time optimization, goal planned actual, OEE reporting
    • Data is collected & reported on within milliseconds -Cube DB
    • Data visualization
    • Data visualization/situational awareness graphics/animation
    • Defect tracking - product error-proofing
    • Document management
    • Document publishing from the cloud to plant floor
    • Drag & drop Windows-based user experience, WYSIWYG interface
    • Employee management w/ employee database, verify credentials
    • Error-proofing app for defective products
    • Forecasting
    • Goal setting / tracking
    • History tracking
    • Instruction deployment
    • Job tracking via 'Tracking' app; w/ process step verify
    • Live monitoring for rapid incident management/resolution
    • Manufacturing intelligence
    • Manufacturing intelligence reports
    • Manufacturing monitoring and process control
    • Multi-dimensional (Cube) database accessible by 'Analytics'
    • Multi-dimensional database using included app or Excel
    • Multi-language
    • Output labels to printing devices connected to plant network
    • Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) reporting
    • Process step management, control, and monitoring (reporting)
    • Product lifecycle management
    • Product tracking
    • Production part approval process (PPAP)
    • Production scheduling
    • Production tracking
    • Productivity reporting
    • Quality assurance
    • Quality control
    • Real-time 'production analytics' app accessible from cloud
    • Real-time analytics
    • Real-time assembly line process monitoring & machine control
    • Real-time data
    • Real-time monitoring
    • Real-time notifications
    • Real-time performance dashboard and reporting / knowledge
    • Real-time progress tracking via 'Production Tracking' app
    • Real-time reporting
    • Real-time reporting and production analytics, OEE dashboard
    • Real-time updates
    • Send email alerts, text messages, and videos on-the-fly
    • Send email, SMS; video broadcast, and audible alerts/alarms
    • Sign-in required, employee timing and location verified
    • Situational awareness graphics
    • Solve quality issues as they happen; never ship a defect
    • Supplier management
    • Supply chain management
    • The MES network updates indefinitely as inputs/outputs occur
    • Work instruction authoring

    Q. Who are the typical users of PINpoint?

    PINpoint has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does PINpoint support?

    PINpoint supports the following languages:

    English, French, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does PINpoint offer?

    PINpoint has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does PINpoint support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices PINpoint supports

    Q. What other apps does PINpoint integrate with?

    PINpoint integrates with the following applications:

    Microsoft Excel

    Q. What level of support does PINpoint offer?

    PINpoint offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs, Knowledge Base