An MTConnect wish list.
"Wouldn't it be nice if I could monitor my machine's health and know when that filter is getting dirty or that spindle bearing is getting too warm? ... if I could do that with all my machines regardless of brand? ... if I could get complete diagnostics and truly have predictive maintenance? ... if I could monitor tool performance and know when that insert is starting to wear too much or that tooth on the cutter is chipped? ... if I could have operators running multiple machines 'cause they didn't have to listen for changes in the cutter? ...
"One of the metrics we use is spindle hours, and right now I have someone going to each machine at the same time each week and logging the numbers that later get translated into a report. Wouldn't it be nice if that could be automatic and done daily?... if my programmer or pre-kit person could see with his computer what tools are already in the machine when getting the next job ready? ...
"Wouldn't it be nice if I could measure parts on the machine and transmit that data, so the machine doesn't sit idle while the part is carted over to the inspection area? ... if I could show that data to my customer and eliminate a lot of inspections?
"Can you make MTConnect do that?" Sweatman asked rhetorically.
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|Publication:||Metalworking Insiders' Report|
|Date:||Oct 31, 2007|
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