Monday, September 14, 2015

Nice Cutting Tool Engineering Article by MEMEX CEO David McPhail

Here is a link to an article titled: 


 David writes regarding the importance of having data:
"Top-flight manufacturers understand that a convergence of connectivity, analytics and ubiquitous Internet devices creates opportunity for an industrial-strength, shop- floor-to-top-floor communications platform that provides real-time efficiency metrics. Specifically, a software-based machine monitoring platform should: 

deliver a 10 to 50 percent average productivity increase;
create at least 20 percent profit improvement, based on an achievable 10 percent increase in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE);
achieve payback in less than 4 months with an internal rate of return greater than 300 percent; and
connect to any machine, old or new, using either native MTConnect or retrofitted hardware adapters. 

Machine monitoring allows plant managers to cost-effectively iso- late productivity issues so everyone from the CEO to each individual machine operator can understand what must be done to maximize efficiency"

David writes regarding Mazak's use of our product:

"Mazak’s IT department started the efficiency drive by implementing the MTConnect protocol to accurately determine machine availability by using OEE as a standard measurement.

Brian Papke, Mazak’s CEO, personally drove the project to show the machine tool industry the importance of moving toward data- driven manufacturing.

Mazak chose the platform for its ability to collect data using MT- Connect adapters for newer machines and through its Universal Machine Interface circuit board for legacy machines. This advanced adapter board directly captures sig- nals from a legacy machine and translates it into MTConnect-standard code. This combination means every machine on the shop floor is MTConnect-compatible for a com- mon technology analysis platform."

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