WATS

Automated Data Collection with the WATS Client

WATS feature state-of-the-art data conversion technology that allows you to convert all of your existing test data. Without requiring you to make changes to current test software. All the test data that are made available on the test systems will then instantly be uploaded to your WATS server, where it will be deconstructed and made ready for further analytics and reporting.

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WATS manufacturing intelligence system

Test Data Analytics

Statistical calculations and data analytics are a core feature of WATS. Our customers benefit from the effective guidance of a top-down approach, where True Yield metrics are at the center. You can quickly and easily break down True First Pass Yield from a global level, into more granular statistics for different products, revisions, test stations, periods, processes, rolled throughput, and actual failing test steps. That way, you can ensure that the underlying measurement data you are looking at has the absolute highest relevance. WATS also feature Process Capability Analysis to help you make sure that your test coverage is as good as you intended it to be.

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Distributed Data Dashboards

Effective dashboards can have a significant impact on manufacturing performance. With WATS, you can quickly combine existing data components into the public of private dashboards. Dashboards that displays important Key Performance Indicators for electronics manufacturing, and that instantly informs you of potentially severe trends in your factory. WATS also feature a map-view dashboard that augments factory performance for your various manufacturing locations.

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Repair Interface and Analytics

WATS feature detailed repair analytics and a User Interface that lets you capture these structured repair reports along with image attachments or other relevant human-readable comments. You can easily get repair and failure-type statistics for parameters such as part-numbers and revision, component references, component numbers, test steps, test operator and test stations.

The Repair Operator Interface uses HTML5 technology to allow you to connect directly to accessories such as barcode scanners and cameras. The Repair Operators will instantly get access to the full serial number history, along with statistics informing about the most frequent historical repair types for the failed test steps.

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Workflow and Forced Routing

If you need to enforce a manufacturing policy with forced routing strictly, the WATS Workflow Module offers a perfect combination of governance and simplicity. It features a graphical sequence designer where you specify conditional logic and rules to determine valid manufacturing stages for a product. The WATS Client can then submit to the server the current stage and intended operation for a Unit Under Test (UUT). The server will give a response, based on the rules, if the UUT is allowed to proceed or need to move to a different stage.

The Workflow module is currently only available for on-premises installations.

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Software and Firmware Distribution

Do you manually distribute updates to test software or unit firmware? Have you ever tested a batch of products with the wrong firmware? Or used incorrect test limits due to component changes between revisions? If the answer to any of these is yes, the features of the WATS Software are designed for you. With this module, you can quickly design modular and highly granular software packages, and centralise the automated distribution of these based on the product parameters and location of the products currently being tested.

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MAC and Serial Number Distribution

Keeping track of Serial Number and MAC Address distribution can be a pain. WATS help you streamline this process and ensure that you never erroneously assign one identifier to multiple units. Begin by defining the valid ranges in the WATS Control Panel, or import them from a third-party system. You can then use one of our APIs on the test station to pick one single value from the server or reserve a full range to allow for offline-periods.

WATS Asset management

Asset Management

Do you keep track of the maintenance and calibration status of your test assets? Do you get notifications when it is time to clean or replace the measurement pins? Or to calibrate the measurement instruments? Is the test station itself aware of its status, so that it can inform the test operator how many tests run he has left before he needs to pause for maintenance? This is exactly what the Asset Management Module in WATS lets you do. You can easily define test assets, with all of their sub-components and maintenance intervals. And use WATS to report the overall health status of your assets or export the information through an API to a top-level maintenance tracking system.

Events and alarming

Events and Alarming

Even with all the information made available by WATS, unfortunate trends can still go undetected. To limit the severity of these, you can specify pre-defined scenarios that you would like to be proactively warned about. Perhaps you would like to get a notification when a unit is retested more than five times. Or perhaps you would like to receive an alarm if the yield at a specific factory drops by 3% in less than 2 hours? Both of these, and much more, are possible with the Events and Alarming Module in WATS. It allows for a soft approach to factory management, where you are explicitly made aware of undesired scenarios so that you then can determine the best remedy.

Manual inspection

Manual Inspection

Not all product tests generate an automated test report at the end. Very often, one or more tests that take place during the manufacturing process is manual, where the results are documented on paper, or in a spreadsheet file. This causes significant limitations when it comes to an understanding of the performance of these inspections and ensuring traceability. The Manual Inspection Module in WATS features a sequence builder where you can graphically design the test flow, along with a web interface that takes the test operator through all the necessary steps. The resulting report goes directly into the same database as the rest of the test data, and you ensure full unit traceability.

More Features

User Access Management

To get full value from your test data, you must be able to collect data from your entire relevant value chain. And that you can use the data to collaborate with your suppliers. But that should not mean that you have to give outsiders and subcontractors access to data that does not originate from them. With WATS, you can easily specify user access based on the origin of the data or based on the product group the data belongs to.

Product Management

The Product Manager in WATS lets you define important contextual information such as product names, bill-of-materials, box-build configurations as well as the creation of virtual product groups that you can use for easier data reporting and user access management.

Overall Equipment Efficiency 

Would you like to better evaluate the performance and economical return of your test stations? WATS give you easy access to OEE calculations that combines availability scores, output performance and quality metrics. OEE is by many considered a gold standard in manufacturing. An OEE score of 100% means that you are manufacturing good parts, as fast as intended, and with full asset utilization. 

Gage RnR

Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (Gage RnR) is a method used to determine the amount of variation in the measurement data due to the measurement system itself, either from the equipment (repeatability) or operator (reproducibility).

Export Wizard and Certificate Generator

The Export Wizard in WATS lets you mass-export your test data, should you need to. It also allows you to generate PDF test certificates to supplement your product deliveries, in the situations where you need to provide proof-of-test documentation.

RestAPI

The WATS RestAPI provides you with flexible and powerful two-way integration with third party solutions such as ERP systems, MES systems, PLM software, dashboard and business intelligence solutions, and more.

Unit Verification Check 

Avoid the risk of sending out products that have not been properly tested, with the Unit Verification Check feature in WATS. Simply specify the relevant test processes for your different part-number groups, and WATS will tell you if the product you are looking at has been tested in all processes, if they happened in the correct order, and if they all passed within a reasonable number of attempts. 

Root Cause Ticket Module 

The WATS Root Cause Module lets you quickly and easily create a service ticket for manufacturing problems that need to be addressed. Do you see a problem that you would like to get the input of a different team on? No problem! Simply generate the ticket, define the problem and the team, submit and track. 

Time Analysis 

Do you want to know how much time you spend executing your different tests? How much time you spend connecting your products to the test system? Or, how long each of the individual test steps consumes. This, together with time analysis for repair are easily available in WATS.

Work-in-Progress (WIP) Tracking 

WATS features functionality that easily can let you report where in the manufacturing process your individual units are. You simply define your different WIP stages in the configuration menu and add a check-in function to your test sequencer or custom scanner application. You can then visually report on how many units are in the different stages, plus track more detailed status of specific serial numbers.