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Three OEE Monitoring Software Benefits

"When most people think of machine monitoring, they think of increasing utilization, but there are other benefits to consider as well. Monitoring can provide valuable information to help with preventative maintenance, it can act as a communication tool between the shop floor and management, and it can be used on all types of shop floor equipment," said a company spokesperson.

Three benefits of OEE monitoring systems that often get overlooked include:

  • This system can integrate with other software to help optimize machine capacity. ERP systems are a suitable fit with machine monitoring, for example. Also, CMMS systems paired with OEE monitoring helps to provide a more realistic PM schedule. Actual run times on machines are monitored and the data feeds into to the CMMS to create an accurate PM schedule. For manufacturers without a CMMS, a simple spreadsheet with PMs to complete sometimes is enough. The software also integrates with protocols such as MTConnect and OPC UA to make shop floor data more universally available.
  • Machine monitoring is not just for CNC machines. Manufacturers with autoclaves, manual machines, press brakes, PLC-driven machines and more varieties can monitor their productivity. Those in the fabrication and moldmaking industries can benefit heavily from utilization monitoring. The software is also not limited to looking at shop floor monitors or a desktop PC on location - notifications on the go via text alerts, emails or viewing dashboards via a mobile device/tablet are all possible.
  • Machine monitoring helps operators working at machines convey important information to those not working on the shop floor. Via data entry screens and tablets at the machines, machinists can enter notes and let back office employees know reasons that the machines are down. It also helps with machine maintenance - since there are notes on what causes downtime for machines, less machine repairs are anticipated and reasons for planned downtime, such as material needed or coolant change, can allow employees to map out a more streamlined process.

Machine monitoring is not only a method for knowing machine utilization, nor is it only for CNC machinery. It helps the people who are making parts at machines communicate issues that need attention in an easily understandable manner. It enables a shop floor to know what equipment needs attention in order to be more productive.

For more information contact:

Greg Mercurio, President

Shop Floor Automations, Inc.

5360 Jackson Drive, Suite #202

La Mesa, CA 91942

877-611-5825 / 619-461-4000

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