Machine Monitoring System Gives Real-Time KPI, OEE Data
Scytec’s cloud-based DataXchange machine monitoring system reduces downtime by providing live notifications of machine issues via text or email.
Scytec’s cloud-based DataXchange machine monitoring system reduces downtime by providing live notifications of machine issues via text or email. Its customizable dashboards enable manufacturers to communicate with employees about productivity. It provides key performance indicators (KPIs) and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) data in real time, which help with stand-up production meetings. Machine monitoring such as this can increase productivity by as much as 25 percent, according to Shop Floor Automations, a reseller of the system.
The system’s updated features include new OEE reports, integration with OPC UA protocol and Caron engineering software. New abilities include multiple parts per hour views, additional rotation interval options and a data entry interface with email notes.
The software can be integrated with a range of equipment including CNC machines, robots, grinders, lasers, waterjets and other fabrication machines.
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.
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.
An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.