Systems & Software

ERP, Management and Related Software

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.

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Dontyne Systems Bevel Software Production Suite

Bevel Gear Software Eliminates Need for Dedicated Machine

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
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Software Provides Time Savings and Improved Accuracy

By: Chris Koepfer
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Renishaw Carto 1.1 Capture and Explore

Calibration System Software Eases Data Capture, Analysis

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
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Portable System Combines Software, Gage for Automated Inspection

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
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KeyedIn Cloud ERP to Connect Systems, Processes and People

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
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