Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
Software: Articles

Big Data in Manufacturing: A Compass for Growth

Data is now all grown up, with new multi-dimensional capabilities and broader horizons. It serves like a compass, pointing the way for manufacturing growth. Shops must embrace Big Data in order to remain competitive. Those that make the most of the customer, product, and equipment data they capture, stand to improve their ability to innovate, please their customers, and bring more profitable products and services to market more quickly.
Big Data analytics is taking over manufacturing and providing a totally new dimension to the value of research and trend analysis. Instead of only reporting past activities, data now predicts future events, foresees risk and helps shops build and deliver not only better products, but a richer overall experience for their customers.

Analytics: The New Frontier in Manufacturing

In the Internet of Things, manufacturers must navigate through a complex landscape of challenges in order to provide unprecedented gains in agility, productivity, quality, responsiveness, risk mitigation, and economic value generation. Data analytics is the way to do this.
Data analytics is a key technology that is creating new frontier for manufacturers to uncover new insights that can speed their decision-making and improve their business performance.

Harnessing the Power of CNC Software for Plasma Cutting

The intelligence built inside today’s CNC controls enables it to provide real-time instruction to all elements of an automated plasma cutting system. Here, the CNC has optimized parameters for cutting bolt-ready holes.
What if you could get real time orchestration between the power source, the accessories connected to it and all of the other key elements of your cutting system? 

From Days to Minutes

The advanced 3D simulator provides realistic real-time visualization of the tube bending process to help designers create production-ready control programs. (first view)
To dramatically shorten design-to-manufacture time, this advanced 3D simulator unveils powerful real-time visualization with collision detection that speeds tube bending program development so that shops can optimize their computer-controlled bending machines.

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Software: Industry News

Global Shop Solutions Celebrates Milestone

They mark a decade of consulting leadership under Nick Knight.

Global Shop Solutions Opens Office in United Kingdom

Michelle Brown, Global Shop Solutions  She oversees the new Brighton office that serves customers in the UK and Ireland.
This office provides sales, technical and customer support to meet growing demand in the UK and Ireland.

Lantek Appoints New Sales Manager for the UK

Adam Ball, Lantek “I have been involved in supporting and supplying software for the sheet metal industry for a considerable time and there is a clear move towards automation to optimise productivity. Integration of software systems is part of the automation process, enabling users to have an accurate picture of all areas of their business including costs, manufacturing status and customer relationships."
Adam Ball will promote their ERP solutions to sheet metal, tube and beam fabricators.


Software: Products

Next Generation Safety Certified Robot Monitoring Software

With SafeMove2 software, the tools to facilitate collaboration between man and machine are a reality. If an operator needs to interact with the robot system, safety sensors can be incorporated into the robot cell to detect the person’s presence. After being detected, it will either supervise the robot’s speed or monitor it while it is standing still. Once the person clears the zone, the robot can resume operation. The end result is less down time and increased productivity.
SafeMove2 from ABB Robotics integrates safety features directly into the robot controller, such as cutting-edge safe speed limits, safe standstill monitoring, safe axis ranges and position, and orientation supervision.

Parts Leveler Control Makes Novice Users into Experts

The new control accesses all of the leveler's functions with simple icons, much like a smartphone screen. By entering basic information on the workpiece, the control calculates Optimal Leveling Parameters for the first part. These parameters can be fine tuned by the operator and saved as a part program for future use. The control can store up to 1,024 part programs, including two-way leveling, reverse operation and series leveling. 
The new control for the FlatMaster parts leveler from ARKU allows anyone to produce dead-flat, stress free metal parts with simple icons similar to a smartphone screen.

Cloud ERP for the Small Job Shop

A completely integrated cloud solution, Exact Online JobBOSS features anywhere, anytime access through a web browser to quotes, manufacturing processes, customer information and business financials that help shops increase operational efficiency, on time delivery, customer loyalty and profits.
Exact Online JobBOSS is ideal for make-to-order, make-to-stock, mixed mode and assemble-to-order metal fabricators, job shops and machine builders.