In the CNC manufacturing industry, every minute of every work shift matters.
Everyone associated with a machine form operators to shop managers and all the way up the line needs to be accountable for a machine sitting idle. Whether your CNC machines are down for extended periods of time or for short periods, you need to know why so that you can react and make better decisions.
A robust DNC system with Real time data collection, tracking, and reporting features can be the most beneficial tool you can have at your disposal.
As a leading consultant, distributor, and installer of DNC and machine monitoring solutions, CNC Manufactory utilizes eNETDNC software and hardware to provide relevant data to help customers make more informed production management decisions. Operator log-ins, machine status, cycle times, and preventative maintenance information can be monitored in real-time from mobile phones, tablets, and computers, and stored for export into Excel or Access for further analysis and discussion. When a machine is down, the operator can be required to put in a code corresponding to a predetermined list of reasons. An alert can then be sent to specific distribution lists via e-mail or text message. For example, if the code for “out of material” is entered, a material handler can be alerted. If the code for “tool breakage” is entered, tool crib can be notified. Expanding on this example further, if “tool breakage“ more frequently on a particular machine in comparison to others machines, you will see the upward trend via reporting feature and will be able to direct the proper resources to investigate a potentially larger problem.
Downtime codes and notification distribution can be customized according to each customer’s application and needs. Real time monitoring also tracks machine status during a shift. This feature holds operators and shop managers accountable for their production rates. Accountability Instills a sense of ownership and urgency will ultimately make your operation more profitable. By requiring operators to log in to the machine, management can also more accurately track labor costs for a given part number or machine cycle. eNETDNC software easily interfaces with existing networking systems and runs on all versions of Microsoft Windows. Upper management personnel and shop floor personnel can access a dashboard that provides a snapshot of the shop floor in real-time, including machine status and current cycle time. These dashboards provide a valuable tool for management to supervise machines and personnel through a central hub that desiminates consistent and accurate data most relevant to your operation. At the end of the day, your operation runs smoother and more efficiently if everyone involved has access to the pulse of your operation. CNC Manufactory serves the east coast U.S. If you are interested in viewing a live demo of eNETDNC machine monitoring, data collection, tracking and reporting features, please contact us.