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Manufacturing operations optimizer (MFO)

Panasonic’s manufacturing operations optimizer automatically draws up production plans to reduce man-hours and enhancing production efficiency.


The Manufacturing Operations Optimiser (MFO) is a newly developed product for drawing up production plans required  for on-site  operations  to  reduce the man-hours needed for the production  plan  and,  at  the same time, to enhance production efficiency.

MFO creates detailed schedules for productions and pre-set-up operations and calculates the required resources for production by simulating the manufacturing process  of  the  entire  SMT production floor. 

By simulating the planned  production, the  MFO  answers questions about estimated  production  completion, indicates which  production  sequence is to  be  used for higher efficiency, proposes optimal machine set-up for higher efficiency, and indicates the number of staff needed to  achieve  the  plan.  MFO  models  the  required  production  line, taking  into  account errors that can occur at the production machines, such as parts exchange. It optimises production taking into  account multiple  production  lines.  The  off-line  set-up  sequence  can  be  optimised  to  adjust  the requirement  of  staff  and  material.

MFO  support  is  not  limited  to  machines  of the NPM-series  but also  supports  CMand  DT-series  machines  and  screen  printers. It also supports non-Panasonic equipment such as SPI, AOI, reflow ovens, screen printers and others.

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Panasonic manufacturing operations optimizer (MFO) is the line management system to create detailed production schedules including pre-set-up operations.

Those production plans are mandatory to optimize manufacturing processes and thus improves cycle times and production efficiency. It also calculates the number of operators required by simulating the entire SMT manufacturing operation.

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MFO provides clear and easy to understand plans for production, process set-up and operator management plus simulation reports.

Beside this, it provides various optimization function, like mounting process, production plan, production-set-up plan and operator count, including a table of function list and machines.

Function list

Function Function description
Mounting process simulation In consideration of “error occurrence in production machines," “parts exchange by operators" and “operatorsʼ travel time," it models a mounting floor, and simulates production conditions including multiple mounting lines and off-line setup processes. This ensures highly accurate simulation results.
[Optimization function]
Production plan optimization
In consideration of multiple production lines, it optimizes a production plan based on the production conditions set up in [mounting process simulation]. This allows the “production line" and “production order" of each PCB to be calculated / provided automatically.
[Optimization function]
Setup plan optimization

It optimizes “off-line setup" sequence according to the production plan developed in [production plan optimization].
This allows automatic calculation / provision of “priorities for setups in multiple lines," “a setup plan that takes into account the shred use of carts" and “effects of an increase / decrease in the setup number of operators on the production plan."

*The optimization function of “In-line setup" is currently under development.

[Optimization function]
number of operators optimization
Based on the production conditions set up in [Mounting process simulation], it optimizes the number of operators required for each line and setup, allowing you to automatically calculate / provide “the number of the operators required."


Applicable machine

Machine series Model Machine info entry
NPM-X/NPM/AM series NPM-DX, NPM, NPM-D/D2/D3, NPM-TT/TT2, NPM-W/W2/W2S, AM100 Yes*
CM/DT series CM602-L, CM232-M/212-M, CM101-D, CM402-L/M, CM401-L/M, DT401-F/M Yes*
Screen printer SP60/70/80/18, SPG/SPD/SPV Yes*
NPM-VF series NPM-VF Yes*
Panasonicʼs former machine Machines not included in the ones mentioned above -
Competitorʼs machine Competitorsʼ machines (loader, screen printer, SPI, placement machine, AOI, reflow, etc.) -

* Because machine information is registered during installation, you will be able to easily configure settings such as registration of the floor configuration of your mounting production lines.
* For details, contact us.
* The current version is limited to the mounting process.
* Prepare PC on your own.