We get a lot of questions about MTConnect: what it is, how it works, and why it's important. That's why today's blog focuses on the emergence of MTConnect and its impact on the emergence of data-driven manufacturing.
In last week’s blog post, we discussed Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the most commonly used manufacturing metric to understand, measure, and improve current performance. To review, OEE is measured by combining a machine’s performance, availability, and quality. In this way, OEE helps you to identify potential losses and understand where your process is falling short. But OEE alone is just the first step to fully understanding your performance.
Today we will explore two other important and related metrics to help round out your continuous improvement strategy: Overall Operations Effectiveness (OOE) and Total Effective Equipment Performance (TEEP).
We're excited to announce that MachineMetrics COO and Co-Founder Eric Fogg is the featured guest on the latest episode of popular manufacturing podcast MakingChips!
Fact: A Confident Employee Is A More Productive Employee.
Balancing the concerns of both management and floor employees requires a nuanced touch. Avoiding an "us vs. them" mentality is critical to reducing costly inefficiencies. Operators may feel like senior management doesn't adequately address their concerns, causing them to become disengaged; as a result, managers lack confidence in their operators. It is vital to build trust between everyone involved in the manufacturing process so problems can be quickly identified, and solutions can be effectively implemented as a team.
One of the greatest struggles for any manufacturer is knowing what is actually happening on the shop floor. Machine monitoring systems allow manufacturers to collect the critical data that gives department heads, supervisors, and operators real-time information about shop-floor activities, enabling them to make faster, more confident decisions.
In order to stay agile and responsive in today’s demanding marketplace, savvy manufacturing companies are making sure they know what goes into creating an efficient lean process so that they can keep pace with the competition.
MachineMetrics is set to exhibit at
The Precision Machining Technology Show 2017!
Northampton, MA, March 22, 2017 - With over 77% of surveyed machine shops having plans to install a machine monitoring system in 2017, it's clear that integrating a web-enabled shop-wide machine monitoring system is the first and most important step toward data-driven manufacturing (Top Shop 2016 Survey). MachineMetrics is here to help you take that next step.
Gary Bruner, the president of Carolina Precision Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer that specializes in small-diameter, close-tolerance CNC Swiss turned parts, had a problem.
Over breakfast that morning, Gary had logged onto the MachineMetrics monitoring system on his laptop at home to check the status of his machines assigned to a lights-out operation, but saw immediately that two of his machines were not in production. “What’s wrong with machines 35 and 36?” he thought to himself.
Upon arrival to the shop, Gary learned from his operator on duty that this type of hold up was nothing out of the ordinary, and was in fact a product of inef cient start- up procedures that had simply never been analyzed or augmented previously.
In an industry with razor thin margins, Gary understood that the keys to growth and success were in ef ciency and quality. He understood the importance of keeping tabs on production stats, job status, uptime, and setup. However, there was no way to know how well machines were doing in real time. What was causing this additional downtime?
Want to know more? Click the image below to download the full case study and find out how Gary used MachineMetrics to solve this issue:
Our mission at MachineMetrics is to help manufacturers increase production efficiency (availability, performance, and quality) by simplifying machine monitoring. Other systems require very expensive and time-consuming machine integrations, with software that is difficult to use. MachineMetrics requires just a machine that produces something and a network cable to your machine. We do all the rest. No servers. No complicated training. No IT hassle.