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Remote Monitoring Technology

"Manufacturers embracing digital technologies like remote machine monitoring can improve productivity and turnaround time while increasing capacity," said an MC Machinery spokesperson. "In the pandemic environment, these remote capabilities are more valuable than ever."

The spokesperson continued, "No matter how reliable a machine is, problems can occur. Remote monitoring technology can prevent costly downtime by predicting maintenance needs as well as providing data to help diagnose and fix issues. Even better, all of this can be monitored remotely, complete with alerts that notify off-site personnel of urgent issues."

MC Machinery launched the Cloud-based remote360 machine monitoring system in 2014, a foray into the IIoT that has proven valuable to many of its laser, wire EDM and sinker EDM customers, according to the company.

"Manufacturing is more data-driven than many realize," said the spokesperson. "The only reliable way to identify performance-impacting problems is through data analytics, which can reveal ways to maximize capacity and uptime, prioritize opportunities, test assumptions, find waste and guide continuous improvement processes."

The web-based remote360 application provides real-time access to data including run, stop and idle time. Along with production performance graphing, system alerts provide notifications of problems or extended idle time.

Key features of remote360 include:

  • Remote access to real-time machine usage: The system tracks everything from material and power to gas consumption down to the part level. Additional performance indicators on laser machines include laser gas status, power output, active feedrate, current rapid overrides and cutting feed overrides.

With wire EDMs, remote360 can maximize throughput to keep the machine running at peak efficiency. The dashboard shows data including how much wire is remaining and current job status, along with graphs depicting productivity and material consumption.

With sinker EDMs, remote360 monitors burn progress and stability along with tracking consumable usage. The controller display shows which part within the program cycle is currently being processed.

  • Predictive maintenance scheduling: Operators are able to better predict and plan maintenance because remote360 can set a schedule for preventive maintenance checks.
  • Production monitoring: Companies can track scheduling, material usage, nest operation and status and more.
  • Alerts system: Mobile or email notifications can be set up to indicate machine problems and job completions.
  • Remote support: MC Machinery service technicians can easily be given remote access to the machine when needed, allowing for fast and convenient diagnosis of machine issues.
  • Valuable reporting: Monthly site reports provide data on run time, stop time, idle time and more. Most-common alarm occurrences can help operators and managers better understand where improvement is possible.

For more information contact:

MC Machinery Systems, Inc.

85 Northwest Point Blvd.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007



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