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.
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.
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A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.