Platform Enables Monitoring of Manufacturing Asset Performance – Metrology and Quality News


The cloud-native CNC machine tool asset management introduced by Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division connects to almost any machine tool, enabling machine shops to optimize their return on investment (ROI) at the using its real-time status dashboards with alerts from mobile operators and allowing global manufacturers to analyze the use of the machine fleet in multiple factories.

Increasing Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) is the goal of any manufacturer, but without reliable information it can be difficult to identify improvements to machine shop operations. Buying an expensive machine tool will increase productivity, but few manufacturers are able to tap the full potential of such expensive assets, as critical information such as machine tool availability is often recorded through documents or spreadsheets. This can introduce human error and the data is not available quickly enough to be analyzed and processed.

In operator-intensive services, this data gap presents challenges in assessing machine availability and performance over time. For unattended series machining, timely performance information becomes essential as consistent historical data helps predict problems and plan operators’ inventions and maintenance. While OEE is based on the availability, performance, and quality of parts of a machine tool, it is difficult to accurately measure OEE without immediate access to comprehensive operating data.

Hexagon’s SFx Asset Management app is already trusted by global manufacturers to improve employee productivity and usability of Hexagon metrology devices, and now also records CNC machine tool operating data for teams to use. can analyze and mitigate downtime. The application can be used by production staff in manufacturing organizations to identify bottlenecks and optimize the use of CNC machines, and by management to measure the ROI of these assets and identify valuable improvements. of the OEE.

Integrated into Hexagon’s cloud-native SFx platform, the application acquires and processes industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data in real time to allow workshop operators to access the data at any time. state of the machine tool. Role-based access allows staff to access the status of required machines, so they can check program and usage information from any location using a computer , a tablet or a mobile phone. Customizable system alerts make it easier for an operator to monitor multiple machines and help build confidence in unlit production. The accompanying SFx Asset mobile app provides secure, mobile-optimized access to status alerts and KPIs without the complexity of a virtual private network (VPN).

“Machine tools only make you money when they’re running. It is therefore essential to report the root cause and duration of downtime to react quickly and make changes if necessary ” said Greg Holdsworth, senior product manager for digital operations, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “Examining historical usage data to see – for example – if a cycle went on schedule or if a machine tool had to wait three hours for a setup is just as important as responding to crashes. All of these factors contribute to the overall efficiency of a machine tool, and when you’ve made a significant financial investment, it’s important to take full advantage of the technology at your fingertips.

When a machine tool is down for some reason, such as maintenance, collision, waiting for materials or a setup, a tag can be generated by SFx Asset Management to categorize the cause of downtime. stop. Once the machine tool is operational, the system automatically removes the label and records the new activity. Application-generated graphs display machine tool uptime to simplify job scheduling and highlight usage over time, clearly identifying opportunities to improve productivity gaps.

Any manufacturer can implement SFx Asset Management in a matter of hours by connecting a local server to the CNC controllers they use, which can be from any leading vendor. This includes Fanuc, Haas, Heidenhain, Mazak, Siemens, and anyone who supports popular MTConnect (ANSI / MTC1.4-2018) technical standards for CNC data exchange. Using a commercial personal computer with internet access, SFx Asset Management server software efficiently connects multiple machines to Hexagon’s highly scalable cloud native platform. Any global user from any location can then immediately gain secure, role-based access to required assets and sites.

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