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*TST Tooling Software Case Study*

Machine monitoring

It’s what many call the “Smart Factory”,  essentially it’s an Ethernet connected factory using software systems like FactoryWiz Monitoring to collect activity status on assets such as CNC machines, robots or assembly lines and present real-time non-biased information allowing management to take immediate corrective action as well as make future informed decisions based on historical facts.

FactoryWiz Machine Monitoring is a complete turn-key intranet monitoring solution. All collected activity status is automatically timed stamped by the attached machine/asset. Gathered records can be displayed in real-time on interactive dashboards or any web enabled device.  Historical reports can be executed on demand or automatically scheduled for e-mail delivery.

industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 (IoT) provides complete shop floor visibility through full machine/event monitoring and managed file transfers on your plant-wide network.  This information is shared with all consumers on the network, including ERP or other MES systems.

Visualize critical machine data in real time via interactive charts, graphs, e-mails and text alerts from any web-enabled device or PC anywhere in the world. Front line managers receive live insight to streamline workflow/operations and executives can analyze historical report metrics online, on demand, or via scheduled e-mail.

generate reports

FactoryWiz Monitoring has several helpful pre-defined reports to track productivity. Compare collected information based on shift, job number, part number, parts produced, individual machine or machine groups/department.  All reports are open and customizable using Crystal Reports, Power BI, or export to Excel.   

Included available reports also break down common idle reasons, alarms and alarm messages messages, and tool and workpiece offsets showing old and new values along with the timestamp of the change.   FactoryWiz reports can be generated on demand as well as automatically e-mailed at user defined intervals using predefined settings and filters.

live dashboards

Large Screen Dashboards provide a real-time activity of machine events. This includes machine production status such as running, paused, Idle, alarm based on current day or shift.  Additional information displayed may also include operation modes such as Set-up, Maintenance, or Off-line/not scheduled.

With a quick glance critical production data for the current shift or day can provide immediate feedback to operators, supervisors, and managers to drive competition and maintain or exceed production targets.

Dashboard views are subjective and unique to each application.  As such we provide samples where our business partners can select details important to the way the operate.

There is a wealth of information available from your machines which can be read with a glance from almost any device with a web browser. Information presented in FactoryWiz Dashboards may include:

  • Mode (Production / Setup / Maintenance)
  • Machine Uptime / OEE
  • Active Job / Work Order
  • Part name
  • Part count
  • Idle reasons
  • Feed / Rapid / Spindle override dials

Shop Floor Operator Tablets or PC

The primary function of the Operator Tablet or PC is for bidirectional exchange of information.  FactoryWiz Monitoring automatically time stamps all activity.  The only thing it does not know is “why” the machine is idle for extended period time.  When this happens, we rely on operators to input the “why” reasons.  When a stoppage event occurs, the tablet or PC automatically presents a list of user defined downtime reasons in large easy to use buttons.   Once the reason is identified, the tablet/PC returns to normal mode where the operator can view current work status, download DNC programs, and ask for assistance from supervisors, maintenance, programming, etc.

The new Flexible Tablet Interface allows customers to easily customize the User Interface to their specific requirements.  Tablet and PC displays are subjective and rather than make a unique build for each customer, FactoryWiz developed a widget-based system where users can customize look and feel by adding and sizing widgets from a select list.  Once defined, templates can be saved and later used for single applications or multiple groups of machines or processes.

preventive maintenace (PM)

Tracking machine on hours or runtime hours for maintenance purposes can be time consuming.  As a result, many machine shops perform the same maintenance on every machine, month after month, regardless of actual utilization. FactoryWiz Monitoring can simplify wear-based PM by keeping track of run-time and power-on-time for you and sending automatic notifications of an upcoming machine PM.

Operator-performed PM will generate a prompt on their tablet display while more complex maintenance notifications will be emailed to maintenance supervisors or show upcoming and past due events on large dashboards in the support area.  Flag the entry as recurring and the system will reset the notification automatically after each instance is performed.

Alert Notifications

Receive important machine status alerts with automatic e-mail notifications or text messages.                 

If your CNC enters an alarm state while running light out, you can receive a text message or e-mail letting you know the machine is idle and in alarm. Other popular uses may include keeping track of part count, priority jobs or maintenance notification of pre-defined alarms.

Wordpress Ready Phone Alert Notifications

ERP/MES Integration

FactoryWiz Monitoring is an ideal platform for connecting to custom data exchange applications. The system comes with a complete .NET API encompassing everything that the system does internally. The FactoryWiz Monitoring API is clearly enumerated and makes it extremely easy to write C# or VB.NET applications for  interaction other systems.

In addition to the .NET DLL, most functionality is also offered via SOAP Web Service for access in a variety of other web architectures and programming systems, such as Java.

Behind FactoryWiz lies your MySQL database which you can access directly for more powerful queries using any application aware of MySQL or which can take advantage of MySQL’s ODBC Connector functionality.

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