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shop floor

the basic level within an organization at which goods (or services) are produced. In a typical manufacturing business the shop floor would consist of operatives working in a factory to produce components or finished goods under the supervision of first line managers.

See SUPERVISOR, SHOP STEWARD.

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This removed labor's most powerful weapon to assert and to readjust its shop-floor power.
Introducing wireless real-time production-monitoring module that links shop-floor production machines to its Enterprise IQ ERP software.
Users can customize color-coded displays of shop-floor and machine conditions.
Another Gillette strategy is to summarize the shop-floor data for each of the 45 product families at the Boston operation.
E[acute accent]Solumina G5's broad, integrated functionality provides a complete operations and shop-floor solution that delivers all required data to the shop floor while collecting and validating incoming information.
Integrators, unlike some firms offering generic Year 2000 consulting, bring a hands-on, shop-floor perspective to the problem.
MRP II, by contrast, focuses on production oriented tasks such as materials planning and shop-floor scheduling.
With the availability of ProfitKey International's new Rapid MES Operations Monitoring System, featuring browser-enabled handheld devices (PDA's), shop-floor supervisors stay on top of all activity at machine queues, receive alerts for down processes and view machine and operator utilization, among other functions.
More than ever, what your shop-floor workers don't know will hurt you.
Driven from the device level on the shop floor, P3CME supports any-to-any device communications, including PC's, shop-floor data-capture terminals, wireless local-area and wireless wide-area mobile devices.
As Hunkar explains it, MES software differs from an MRP-II system in that the MES scheduling and resource-management capabilities are kept up to date in real time with data transferred from the shop-floor CIM system.