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.



Experiences with ERP software

Experiences with ERP

By: Peter Zelinski
Job shops reach a point in their growth when they need to face the issue of information management. Here are links to 10 shops’ experiences with enterprise resource planning software.

Tongtai Integrated Monitoring Systems (TIMS) software for managment

Process Management System Monitors Cells or Line

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Tongtai Integrated Monitoring Systems (TIMS) software for processes and machine tool management was developed by Tongtai Machine Tools and FANUC, and is available from Absolute Machine Tools.

Renishaw XCal-View software for laser calibration data analysis

Data Analysis Software Compatible with Laser Calibration Systems

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Renishaw’s XCal-View software for laser calibration data analysis is the first part of a planned software suite covering data capture, analysis and error compensation.

ABB Robotics Integrated Force Control

Feature Package Integrates Robotic Force Control

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ABB Robotics offers Integrated Force Control, a single, base module that consolidates discrete software features for robotic force control that were previously available separately.

George Products Releases V4.0 Software Update for Oasis

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
George Products Company announces the release of software version 4.0 for its inspection system.


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