Matt Danford takes a look at how Machine Monitoring helps work remotely, avoid close contact on the shop floor and prevent under-billing for lights-out machining.
He writes, “Adapting hasn’t been as easy for those I write about, but there are tools at their disposal. For instance, automation has helped machine shops practice what is effectively a form of social distancing for years. And, not unlike the digital tools I use to connect with the office, machine monitoring systems can make these shops even better equipped for an era when lights-out machining is about safety as well as economics.
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of the technology is the capability to monitor equipment remotely, from any web-enabled device. Additionally, automated text or email alerts tied to user-specific conditions — machine alarms, temperature thresholds or tool life thresholds — keep planners updated on what’s happening in the shop from the comfort of their homes (or anywhere). “Some companies make their server accessible through the internet with a secure login,” Mr. Lanzillotta says. “Other companies mandate a VPN or remote screen mirror connection to comply with ITAR or other government and industry requirements.”
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