At the inaugural imX (interactive manufacturing experience) industry event, DMG/Mori Seiki USA will present a learning lab about enhancing production management through information flow to and from the shop floor. Scheduled for September 12-14 in Las Vegas, imX aims to depart from the traditional tradeshow model and deliver a more interactive educational experience.
According to the company, attendees will learn how to create smart systems to optimize data transfer to machines, interconnect various devices and accessories on the shop floor, and capture data to use in higher level management information systems. Starting with a part drawing and various CAD/CAM systems, the company will use a fully operational metalcutting cell that will integrate software, machines, automation, metrology and more to demonstratehow information flow and data collection at each stage improves production results.
Mastering shop floor networking has bottom-line benefits, the company says, including streamlining communication between departments, reducing start-up time (and time to market), achieving in-process quality control, enabling unmanned operations, and collecting production statistics to enhance business decision making.