Rethinking Power Transmission

A new grid is being assembled to transmit power as well as information through the air, without wires. Chris Mims of WSJ examines how this could unlock an age of wonders.
Software: Articles

The Modern Day Crystal Ball

Modern analytics and advanced ERP systems provide the ability to predict equipment incidents on the shop floor that can mean significant savings in both lost revenue and lost customers. 
Predicting maintenance requirements is one of the most important benefits of advanced analytics. In the face of a hyper-competitive global economy, the smart use of predictive analytics may be the differentiating factor that sets one fabricator apart from the countless others.

Next Generation OEE: Better Information = Better Shop Floor Control

The Overall Employee Effectiveness metric focuses on the employee as the central asset of measurement as opposed to the machine. This measure is very good in operations that have labor content as a significant factor in the successful value-add processes on the production floor. By improving factory floor operator activity, the production facility can create an improvement in the value stream.
Too often management invests in wiring machines to a central server for uptime and downtime reporting on the machines. These systems are relatively inexpensive and produce colorful dash boards, but may not reveal the reason for the downtime. Knowing the “who, what, why” is more important than just the “where and when.”  

The Maintenance Platform of the Future

Here is an iPad Vibration Analyzer being used in a shop in Honduras. Tablet devices and smartphones are clearly marked to be a maintenance platform of the future.
For shops that have operated the same way for 50 years and don't really know where to start a predictive maintenance program or where to focus PDM for competitive advantages in the future, Tom Hoenig of GTI Spindle Technology shares some critical insights into starting up and sustaining an effective system using the latest technology and devices.

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Software: Industry News

Rotomation Selects CADENAS PARTsolutions to Provide Digital 3D Part Content

Rotomation's improved user interface streamlines the specification process for design engineers.

New Managing Director at TDM Systems

Peter Schneck takes the lead at TDM Systems GmbH as an experienced software professional and tool data specialist.


Software: Products

Optimize Machining/Grinding Cycles

The PowerReader from GTI Predictive Technology allows a shop to optimize machine cycles in coarse feed rate, grind rate, medium feed rate and dwell time between parts. (first view)
The PowerReader from GTI Predictive Technology allows a shop to add more cycles to their existing machining work flow to make the most out of it, increasing output, saving time and money.

Customizable Role-Based Views of Machine Tool Performance Data

The new Dashboards feature from 5ME allows users to create one-screen views of machine tool performance data and produces web-based reports and analytics on asset utilization, availability, performance, quality and OEE.  It is brand, asset and process agnostic and is MTConnect-compliant. 
Dashboards from 5ME allows users to create a one-screen view of machine tool performance data pertinent to their job function.

Connectivity from the Sensor Level to the Business Intelligence Level

In addition to its own factory automation products and technologies, Mitsubishi Electric Automation now offers connections to complementary products from other vendors through the e-F@ctory Alliance Program to increase productivity from the simple device level to the business system level.
The e-F@ctory Alliance Program from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is a third-party referencing program with other automation hardware and software vendors that allows customers to select solutions that best solve their automation challenges.