Data-Collecting Platform Enables Users to Take Action
IMTS 2018: Forcam’s Forcam Force, a data-collecting platform, offers analytics tools and flexibility, according to the company.
Forcam’s Forcam Force, a data-collecting platform, offers analytics tools and flexibility, according to the company. The platform is built on an open API structure, and the Forcam Force Bridge connects shop floor analytics with any third-party ERP, MES, TDM, QMS, CMMS or PLM system. The platform enables users to monitor work practices, and machine operators can receive real-time feedback to enable them to act on data.
According to the company, the platform operates as a referee of sorts, tying a shop’s data network into an easily understood framework. It can deliver purchasing and operations data to accounting, supply chain information to logistics and provide the C-suite with real-time production data. At the same time, it can deliver temperature, vibration and speed data to members of a shop’s operational team. The predictive analytics provided by the platform enable users to take whatever steps the data call for.
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.
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.
Cutting tool manufacturers have worked together to create a generic tool catalog format that helps link cutting tool information with applications supporting data-driven manufacturing.