Scytec DataXchange Accounts for Planned Downtime
Version 2019.01.15 of Scytec’s DataXchange machine monitoring system, available from Shop Floor Automations, incorporates new features based on user feedback.
Users wanting to properly track scheduled downtime can now plan for specific downtime in the shop. They can schedule holidays, plant shutdowns, planned maintenance and more. These planned downtimes will automatically be recorded and reported on.
Users can also now import the current part, ideal times and work orders by using an import template. Once that information is in the system, they can see real-time data regarding work orders as well as historical information.
For shops with older equipment, the hardware can be added to legacy machines to monitor electrical signals. These signals alert users if the machine is running or not.
Other modifications have been made to Focas connectivity, charts and reports, RTV screens, user events and more.
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.
For two shops in northern Indiana, using MTConnect for machine monitoring was just the start. Both shops are now ready to implement other promising applications.
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