Recently published in Mold Making Technology.
In business since 1892, Freeman has evolved and grown over that time. Part of that evolution was the investment in Machine Monitoring.
“We’re investing not only in the equipment, but the people and the software upfront to try and program the equipment, so that when we turn in loose, it runs and runs unattended, and you can see the tool and pallet changers on these big machines”
Why Smart Machine Monitoring
“We needed a way to figure out how our machines were cutting, and we needed raw data to help us understand what was happening on the shop floor”
Owner W Machine Works Inc.
What is FactoryWiz?
What is Machine Data?
John Lucier and Tony Gunn speak on Smart Machine Monitoring and FactoryWiz Capabilities.
Using live and historical statistics adds clarity & assists in making informed decisions that promote process improvement.
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FactoryWiz has one of the largest machine connection libraries in the industry. While most newer equipment utilize industry standard connections such as Fanuc Focus, MT Connect or OPC-UA, FactoryWiz also excels at hooking up to older equipment that was never designed to be monitored.
CNC Machines – Additive Machines – Robots – Fabrication Equip – Furnaces – Compressors – Process PLC’s – Other shop assets…
Shop Floor Operator Tablets or PC
The primary function of the Operator Tablet or PC is for bidirectional exchange of information. FactoryWiz Monitoring automatically time stamps all activity. The only thing it does not know is “why” the machine is idle for extended period time. When this happens, we rely on operators to input the “why” reasons. When a stoppage event occurs, the tablet or PC automatically presents a list of user defined downtime reasons in large easy to use buttons. Once the reason is identified, the tablet/PC returns to normal mode where the operator can view current work status, download DNC programs, and ask for assistance from supervisors, maintenance, programming, etc.
The new Flexible Tablet Interface allows customers to easily customize the User Interface to their specific requirements. Tablet and PC displays are subjective and rather than make a unique build for each customer, FactoryWiz developed a widget-based system where users can customize look and feel by adding and sizing widgets from a select list. Once defined, templates can be saved and later used for single applications or multiple groups of machines or processes.
FactoryWiz Monitoring has several helpful pre-defined reports to track productivity. Compare collected information based on shift, job number, part number, parts produced, individual machine or machine groups/department. All reports are open and customizable using Crystal Reports, Power BI, or export to Excel.
Included available reports also break down common idle reasons, alarms and alarm messages messages, and tool and workpiece offsets showing old and new values along with the timestamp of the change. FactoryWiz reports can be generated on demand as well as automatically e-mailed at user defined intervals using predefined settings and filters.