Computer-aided data entry and provision in a communication network (e.g. Intranet or Internet) in production is referred to as online data entry.
Recording of system downtimes, in order to expose improvement potentials, is one important area of application.
Different to data entry via paper documents, online data entry delivers information from production reliably and in real time. Downtimes can be reduced more effectively, problems can be immediately addressed and re-planning is signiﬁcantly easier (for example in the case of frequent order changes).
As it is possible to guide a user systematically through the data entry process, training costs for online data entry are usually signiﬁcantly lower than for paper document entry.