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What is machine downtime? What is downtime manufacturing? Machine downtime in the manufacturing world is simply any time that the machine is not producing. Though full utilization would be ideal, some downtime is not only acceptable but necessary. Common downtime reasons include planned downtime, maintenance or set up. What is a downtime report? A downtime… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Machine Monitoring Software, Machine Monitoring Software Update.

The custom reports, charts and dashboard in Scytec DataXchange is a leading feature of the software. DataXchange reporting contains a variety of Utilization, OEE and IIoT reports and charts to help reduce machine downtime and increase overall equipment effectiveness. Types of reports include: Equipment Status Summaries OEE Summaries Downtime Pareto Scrap Pareto Plots Histograms Comparison… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Machine Monitoring Software Update.

In our latest update we have expanded Expressions to allow group building; structured in an organized hierarchy. What is an expression? What can it measure? An expression is a set of parameters that define what and how data will be collected, parsed and received from the shop floor to DataXchange. The following are just a… Read more »

Posted by & filed under IIoT, Industry 4.0, Machine Monitoring Software.

Scytec has launched a new E-Learning online portal for our manufacturing machine monitoring software, DataXchange. The wide range of topics covered will have educational courses for all shop personnel. After completing this series, the user should be able to achieve the benefits of increased utilization and decreased downtime with proper use of the system. E-Learning… Read more »

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In the past calculating utilization for stations such as paint booths or powder coating lines that use overhead conveyors wasn’t very accurate.  A rudimentary method was simply to monitor whether the conveyor was moving.  However, this did not consider multiple factors including whether any parts were actually present on the conveyor.  An improvement was to… Read more »

Posted by & filed under ERP, IIoT, Industry 4.0, Machine Monitoring.

Enterprise Resource Planning solutions or ERP is a system to manage day-to-day business activities such as accounting, purchasing, planning, scheduling, and much more.  ERP is not new to business or manufacturing. What is innovative is that we integrate the data from ERP systems with machine monitoring extending ERP data to the shop floor, as well as… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Machine Monitoring Software, OEE Machine Monitoring, Shop Floor Data Tracking.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a great metric and can provide a lot of value, but OEE has shortcomings and limitations that can be addressed by a modern monitoring system. OEE shouldn’t be avoided but diving directly into OEE is not always the best solution to maximize value from a shop floor machine monitoring system.  Let’s… Read more »

Posted by & filed under IIoT, Industry 4.0, Machine Monitoring.

IIoT, or the Industrial Internet of Things is a very common phrase in this Industry 4.0 world.  First, let’s look at the definition of the Internet of Things.  The Internet of Things is simply devices connected to the Internet that have the ability to send or exchange data.  The reason for the popularity of IoT… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Machine Downtime, Machine Downtime Tracking.

The need to identify and eliminate unplanned machine downtime is somewhat obvious, however, what is really a planned vs an unplanned downtime is something that is not always so obvious.  In addition, planned downtime seems to be more accepted as something that just must happen as the cost of doing business.  While true to an… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Machine Monitoring, Machine Monitoring Software, OEE.

it’s time for Machine Monitoring Software In most manufacturing facilities today convincing management that the company should invest in machine monitoring isn’t an issue.  However, if you find yourself in such an environment there are many convincing reasons for management to adopt Industry 4.0 technology such as machine monitoring.   Visibility to be able to… Read more »