WISCON PRODUCTS CASE STUDY
Optimizing equipment utilization.
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CASE STUDY
WISCON PRODUCTS 
OUR LATEST SUCCESS STORY FEATURES WISCON PRODUCTS, AN ADVANCED CNC PRECISION TURNED PARTS MANUFACTURER
Since 1945, Wiscon Products of Racine, WI has produced quality precision parts for the aerospace, medical, energy, automotive, construction and power industries as well as many others. In 2018, Wiscon began utilizing MachineMetrics at their facility in Racine to further improve their efficiency and Overall Equipment Effectiveness. The objective with MachineMetrics was to closely align with core goals of process improvement, reduced downtime and increased equipment utilization to better service their growing client base and gain full control of the data available to them.
 
This case study details all of the fantastic gains that Torben Christensen, President/CEO of Wiscon Products, was able to see after implementing MachineMetrics, including:
  • Data Accuracy 
  • Increased Operator Productivity
  • Accurate Production and Utilization Monitoring 
  • Increase in Overall Capacity 

USE CASES
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Data Analytics
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IoT (Internet of Things)
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Cloud Data Management
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How often are our spindles spinning vs. how many parts are we making?
The Problem

“One of our primary goals was data accuracy. Before the implementation, we could look at data, but it was anywhere from a few days to a week old. We were looking for something to provide real-time data, so we could accurately know where our production and utilization was. We also wanted to find out the leading reasons for our downtime. One of the biggest things was equipment utilization versus parts goals. How often were our spindles spinning versus how many parts we were actually producing? This is incredibly valuable to us in understanding cycle time.”

 -Torben Christensen, President/CEO of Wiscon Products
The Solution

The biggest change has been in efficiency. Specifically, being able to visualize the data and act upon it in real-time. We didn’t have a lot of historical data and what we did have could only be addressed reactively. And planning and scheduling was a top priority. Without accurate data, planning and scheduling were difficult. We had spent over $16 million on equipment but still felt like we were running at capacity. Our production department was always “busy”; there were gaps in the data and not being visible in real-time caused a lag. The benchmarking information MachineMetrics provided was eye-opening. It was staggering to realize how bad we were. We didn’t have a reasonable expectation of how well we should be doing, making it difficult to gauge where we should be. One of the biggest benefits since implementation has been equipment utilization— knowing when the spindles are spinning. Previously, we had to rely on operator perspective that wasn’t tied to actual data. Now, with measured and categorized downtime, we can see when the production of a specific part isn’t lining up to standard—and understand why it's happening.”

 
THE MACHINEMETRICS ADVANTAGE
THE METRICS
Our impact on customers
30% INCREASE IN MACHINE UTILIZATION
250% INCREASE IN OPERATOR PRODUCTIVITY
28% IMPROVEMENT IN OEE
30% INCREASE IN TOTAL CAPACITY
$84K INCREASE IN REVENUE GENERATED PER MACHINE
"A GAME-CHANGER."
Torben Christiansen, President/CEO of Wiscon Products
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