Video: Maximize Machine Tools with MTConnect
Like most manufacturing companies, ITAMCO looks for ways to maximize the productivity and profitability of its machine tools. This video shows how MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free communication protocol for manufacturing, helped the company set up a shop-wide machine monitoring system. Joel Neidig, technology manager at ITAMCO, talks about how machine monitoring and other MTConnect-enabled technologies have benefited this north central Indiana job shop. Filming and video production by Creative Technology Corp.
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.
Decisions about the cutting tools used in machining operations are arguably among the most important in modern manufacturing.
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.