The MTConnect Institute announces a new white paper, “Getting Started with MTConnect – Shop Floor Monitoring, What’s in it for You?” This white paper demonstrates the tangible benefits of monitoring a manufacturing plant using MTConnect, the open and royalty-free standard, as the way to collect data and information from the shop floor.
MTConnect is a set of open, royalty-free standards intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using the Internet Protocol.
The white paper discusses the almost limitless ways companies can use the data obtained via MTConnect to improve operations, track production and justify decisions that affect plant operations. Some of the common uses for shop floor data and topics covered in the paper include:
- •Production Dashboard;
- •Monitor Alerts; Equipment Availability and Usage;
- •Overall Equipment Effectiveness;
- •Production Reporting/Tracking;
- •Energy Conservation;
- •Mobile: Anywhere, Anytime Access to Plant Floor Information;
- •Quality and Statistical Process Control;
- •Data Mining;
- •Genealogy; and
David McPhail, president and CEO of Memex Automation and Chairman of the MTConnect Shop Floor Monitoring Working Group states, “As vendors of shop floor monitoring systems, we are often asked by prospective customers ‘what’s in it for me?’ and ‘how do I specifically benefit from an expenditure in monitoring my shop floor operations?’. This white paper answers those questions directly and our hope is that it creates the desire for prospective users to move from thought to action. The uses of data collected from the shop floor are vast, create immense business value, and should appeal to a wide array of end users.
This guide was created by the MTConnect Shop Floor Monitoring Working Group, made up of members of the MTConnect Institute Technical Advisory Group, with McPhail as the working group Chairman and Edstrom as its Co-Chairman. Working group members are a mix of MTConnect software and hardware solution providers, as well as end users who have real-life experience with MTConnect at their manufacturing facilities:
- •Memex Automation Inc. (Chair)
- •General Dynamics – OTS
- •Scytec Consulting Inc.
- •MacKintok Inc.
- •Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT)
- •Task Force Tips
- •Remmele Engineering, Inc.
- •System Insights, Inc.
- •Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC (Co-Chair)
Both white papers are available at MTConnect.org under GettingStarted/WhitePapers/Manufacturers.