Production floor execution (PFE) is a great interface for operators to report progress and consumed material on operations. However, in many occasions it is not wished to capture actual time spent (actually this requirement has been a reality in basically all my projects, at least for some route operations), but rather consume the estimated time from the route.
There has to be a way to define which routes operations that should capture actual time (between start and stop) or to only and automatically register and post time based on the estimate defined in the production route operation. With this solution I believe that there is really nothing that would hinder our customers to use manufacturing execution and PFE anymore and we could offer a very professional and user friendly solution to report on production operations.
The alternative is to not use PFE and report progress in form "current operations" but apart from the fact that this is far from ideal to use on the production floor it does not really support part registrations when quantity is more than one and many operations exist.