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Roy Sweatman purchased a small machine shop in Tampa, Fla., in 1983 and grew Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. from five employees and no numerical control numerical control: see computer-aided manufacturing.
numerical control
  (NC)

Control of a system or device by direct input of data in the form of numbers, letters, symbols, words, or a combination of these forms.
 to 100-plus workers and more than $12-million in annual sales, mostly to aerospace customers. At the AMT See vPro.  annual meeting, he spoke--with the musical background of the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be N ice"--of how the upcoming MTConnect might affect his factory's operations:

"Wouldn't it be nice if I could monitor my machine's health and know when that filter is getting dirty or that spindle spindle: see spinning.


A rotating shaft in a disk drive. In a fixed disk, the platters are attached to the spindle. In a removable disk, the spindle remains in the drive. Laptops use spindle designations to indicate the number of built-in drives.
 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 Predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques help determine the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance should be performed. This approach offers cost savings over routine or time-based preventive maintenance because tasks are performed only when ? ... if I could monitor tool performance and know when that insert is starting to wear too much or that tooth on the cutter cutter, small, one-masted sailing vessel, with a rig similar to that of a sloop except that it usually has a sliding bowsprit and a topmast. From 1800 to 1830 cutters were in service between England and France.  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 metrics Managed care A popular term for standards by which the quality of a product, service, or outcome of a particular form of Pt management is evaluated. See TQM.  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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Title Annotation:AT AMT MEETING
Publication:Metalworking Insiders' Report
Date:Oct 31, 2007
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