Integration, prediction, 2020 control room

Smart applications of automation technologies save money, time, improve quality, decrease downtime, and, perhaps, in an unintended benefit, can attract younger engineers. These were among application presentations at the ARC Group Industry Forum, Feb. 8 to 11, in Orlando, Fla. Shop-floor data network Rocky Rowland, a Mazak production manager, talked about how a shop-floor data network in the Florence, Ky., Mazak manufacturing facility lead to an 8.5% increase in paint line utilization in 4 months. The plant makes 114 computer-numerical control (CNC) lathes and machine center models, more than 200 units per month, and recently completed a $30 million, 100,000 sq ft addition. MTConnect networking technology provides a shop data network, using a royalty-free software, including Bluetooth communications for manufacturing. Measurements include overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), quality, availability, and downtime. A simple dashboard was created so the metrics could be easily viewed and
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