Systems & Software

ERP, Management and Related Software
thumb_ERP-and-management-software.jpg ERP and Management Software refers to the various software tools that do not control any specific piece of equipment in the machine shop, but instead ensure that all of a shop’s resources are deployed in an efficient and profitable way. ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning.” Some of the functions associated with ERP and management software include: ■ Costing or estimating, which means accurately predicting how much it will cost a shop to produce a particular part. ■ Scheduling, which has to do with assigning the various operations of various jobs to the shop’s various machine tools in an order that makes the most sense in terms of urgency, setup and machine availability. ■ Tracking, or logging each step in a part’s progress through the shop, so a part’s current status can be immediately known. ■ History, meaning the histories of particular parts in terms of personnel or machines, or the histories of particular machines in terms of outputs and in-cycle times, can be analyzed in search of trends. ■ Maintenance, or scheduling, tracking and alerting personnel to the routine maintenance needs of the various pieces of equipment in the shop.

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Understanding MTConnect Agents and Adapters


MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.

The Need to Know Is Basic


An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.

Automated Production on HMCs Requires Automated Gaging


An innovative approach to automated gaging helps deal with a fundamental challenge inherent to a flexible, multi-machine environment: Many machines with many operations multiply the chances for error.

iPads Keep Shopfloor Supervisors on the Shop Floor


Watch this video to hear how Hadronics Inc. came up with the idea of using Pocketview and the E2 software on iPads.



Visual EstiTrack Shop Kiosk Replaces Traditional Bulletin Board

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Henning Industrial Software offers its Visual EstiTrack Shop Kiosk application.

Spring Technologies WYSIWYC NCSimul Player 9.1 w/ Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

Machining Simulation System Enables Mobile Control

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Integrating the company's NCSimul Player 9.1 with a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet PC, Spring Technologies’ What You See Is What You Cut (WYSIWYC) machining simulation system offers real-time, synchronized 3D machining simulations and cutting conditions.

Leveraging ERP Software for Continued Growth

By: Chris Felix
Shop management software has helped this toolmaker grow through streamlined operations and increased profit margins.

Delcam PowerInspect 2014

Inspection Software Simplifies Repetitive Measurement

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Delcam's PowerInspect 2014 inspection software features updates designed to speed up and simplify repetitive measurements.

Multi-DNC Supports Haas Machine Data Collection

By: Lori Beckman
Multi-DNC supports the Haas Machine Data Collection (MDC) feature by providing networking, DNC communications, machine monitoring and reporting, all from a single platform.


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