Carolina Precision Technologies is a market leader in manufacturing tight tolerance parts for the Medical device and Aerospace industries. Their goal is to provide customers with outstanding products and precision machined parts that not only exceed expectations, but offer an unparalleled level of customer service.
In an industry with razor thin margins, CPT recognized that the keys to growth and success were in efficiency and quality. They understood the importance of keeping tabs on production stats, job status, uptime, and setups. Thus, it became imperative to install a system that would deliver the data they need to increase productivity, win more business, and remain globally competitive
CPT struggled with a general lack of real-time visibility to what was happening on the shop floor. There was no way to know how well jobs were coming along in real-time. Inefficient setup procedures had simply never been analyzed or augmented previously. There was no way of knowing, collecting, or analyzing the primary reasons for downtime. Previous efforts to collect data manually were found to be not only inaccurate and inefficient, but not actionable. Historically, CPT had an employee dedicated to the manual collection of utilization data. That manual tracking, however, was prone to significant errors and was both tedius and time consuming (upwards of over 2 hours per day).
For CPT, AWS Industrial Software Partner MachineMetrics was able to immediately eliminate the inefficiency and inaccuracy of manual data collection via paper from the shop floor. MachineMetrics Dashboards were installed on TV’s across the shop floor to display real-time machine performance. Tablets mounted at each machine for operator feedback for downtime and quality tracking. If a job fell behind production goals, the color of the tile changed, and text notifications were sent to managers to that action could be taken immediately instead of waiting for the next day or even next week. All of CPT's data was now automatically gathered into MachineMetric's virtual private multi-tenant cloud hosted by AWS, allowing for detailed reporting and analytics to help management identify the most significant problems to identify specific production bottlenecks.
Leveraging the scalability, flexibility, reliability, security, and cost effectiveness of the AWS software stack, MachineMetrics was also able to motivate operators to keep up with their goals and improve their job satisfaction. “Keeping it in the green” has become a mantra across the shop floor. Operators are able to make faster decisions to improve production speed, availability, and quality, which has enhanced shop floor communication and morale.