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Manufacturers embracing digital technologies like remote machine monitoring can improve productivity and turnaround time while increasing capacity.
No matter how reliable a machine is, problems can occur. Remote monitoring technology can prevent costly downtime by predicting maintenance needs as well as providing data to help diagnose and fix issues. Even better, all of this can be monitored remotely, complete with alerts that notify off-site personnel of urgent issues.
MC Machinery launched the cloud-based remote360 machine monitoring system in 2014, a foray into the Industrial Internet of Things that has proven invaluable to our laser, wire EDM and sinker EDM customers.
Manufacturing is more data-driven than many realize. The only reliable way to identify performance-impacting problems is through data analytics, which can reveal ways to:
Maximize capacity and uptime
Guide continuous improvement processes
Capacity improvements translate into higher productivity, which in turn boost profitability.
The web-based remote360 application provides real-time access to data including run, stop and idle time. Along with production performance graphing, system alerts provide notifications of problems or extended idle time.
Remote360 allows you to monitor the following resource consumption and performance indicators on laser machines:
Rapid and Cutfeed Overrides
Active Feed Rate
Assist Gas Set vs. Output Pressure
Laser Gas Status
Remote360 allows you to monitor the following resource consumption and performance indicators on wire EDM machines:
Program Completion Monitor
Wire Breakage and Insert Monitors
Remote360 allows you to monitor the following resource consumption and performance indicators on sinker EDM machines:
Distance to Depth
Current Program Sequence
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“They can diagnose problems and solve some problems with nothing more than a button click and a phone call. The best part is that the staff at MC Machinery are proactive and not reactive. They help us to minimize our downtime by looking out for us.”LEARN MORERanger HVAC Production Manager Ryan Schlarb
“Without remote360, if a machine could be down at 9 p.m. but we wouldn’t be aware of it until the next morning. Now, knowing how our machine is performing 24/7, we can use the data to implement changes and be more proactive. For example, looking at the data acquired, we made the decision to change from 11-pound spools of wire to 22-pound spools—this has helped us pick up on lost time and increase our running hours.”LEARN MOREPrincipal Manufacturing Tooling Manager John Brazzale
“I’ve been blown away how MC Machinery handles service. They go above and beyond expectations and their service culture is miles ahead of the competition. The few times we’ve had issues, the Service Department was very knowledgeable about the equipment, and we were able to trouble shoot and fix the issues immediately over the phone.”LEARN MORERock Run Industries founder Freeman “Fritz” Schlabach