In the routings add say up to 2 or 3 pictures in a pre-defined JobBoss picture size no matter what size image is imported. I know it will blow up the Traveler quantity of pages so it should be toggled on or off per routing line and not every operation. If all of the operations are turned off, the travelers won't be any larger than they currently are. Not all operations need it so that will cut down on how many pages will be printed as well.
My reason for adding a picture is "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" but really it is a 1,000 words in English, a 1,000 words in Spanish, a 1,000 words in Vietnamese, 1,000 words in French, etc etc. As the skilled labor pool is getting smaller I have found it is also becoming more diversified in the workers first languages in order to hire good people. This will help to communicate to everyone and even help with employees in the office who don't have a personality to convey a message to people on the shop floor. Having a picture on the operation that needs more details will really help. It can be used for showing the exact locations of welds if symbols are confusing, the orientation of a complicated mill fixture setup that isn't performed often or assembly of some parts when a customer has a horrible drawing that we have to live with. It seems documentation from customers on their own parts is getting worse and they expect us to make up the difference. We started trying to photocopy some drawings, but keeping it in the traveler operation at the point of use would be much better. When we have the separate photos printed in the past, the first several operations don't always keep up with them so the photo's don't make it to the operation down the line where they are needed but the traveler always does. It's a thought since we can toggle the barcodes on or off, why not photos.
Phase 2, why not make the pictures available at the data collection PC. When the employee clocks into the job, they can see the pictures and if they want to see more detail, open them full size on the monitor. They can zoom in, scroll and see specifics about the parts before starting the job. From there they can even print out the image on a full sheet of paper to take with them if they really need it.
Hi Greg - thank you for submitting your idea. Have you tried using the Routing Notes attachments in JobBOSS, and viewing them in Work Station Driver under Job Data > Drawing button?