DMG MORI Presents Davis Technology Days
Attendees saw the U.S. premier of two five-axis machining centers. They also saw vertical machining centers and the company’s advanced machine tool factory.
Davis, California, is a satellite community of Sacramento, the state’s capital, and the location of the University of California’s Davis campus. Davis is also home to DMG MORI’s Digital Technology Laboratory and its North American manufacturing plant. During the company’s Technology Days event Nov. 13-16, customers and journalists had the opportunity to see the U.S. premier of two five-axis machining centers, a variety of vertical machining centers, and the company’s advanced machine tool factory.
One theme that connected all of these sights was an emphasis on “digital connectedness”—the ability to organize and manage production with current, detailed data, which is the essence of the Industry 4.0 concept.
A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts.
A panel discussion at the recent Top Shops Conference focused on various points of view regarding the value of connecting machine tools to a network for monitoring performance and recording results. Because machine monitoring helps a shop make better decisions about manufacturing processes, it is a good example of data-driven manufacturing in action.
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.