Our very own COO has some great insights that he shared as a panelist at the Top Shops Conference. COO manufacturing jobs are unique, so it was great to hear his insight! He spoke about connectivity in machine monitoring and its implementation. “Shops don’t have to connect to their controls directly if they don’t want to. We (and most other machine-monitoring companies) can also connect an I/O device to the machine’s circuitry. This protects all programs, positioning data, tool data and other information. We can also connect to machines over a cellular network, so no connections to the local network are required.” Great job, Eric!
“It’s all about making better decisions—decisions that help improve shopfloor operations.” That’s a statement I made at least twice when introducing a panel of machine-monitoring experts brought together for a presentation on data-driven manufacturing at the Top Shops Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in September. Focusing on machine monitoring as an example of data-driven manufacturing was my strategy for bringing this concept into perspective for conference attendees, many of whom are owners or managers of metalworking manufacturing companies and job shops. The three panelists selected for this presentation were asked to emphasize rather different aspects of machine monitoring, but the common theme was using data gathered from this equipment to improve the results of machining operations. Benefits of machine monitoring include higher overall equipment efficiency (OEE), better teamwork on the shop floor and a boost to lean manufacturing efforts. Using data gathered from machine tools leads to better decisions because the data is accurate, detailed, timely and objective. There is no need to rely on guesswork, wishful thinking or unsupported assumptions. Read More