Look for the Helpers in Manufacturing

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Global Manufacturing

Manufacturing has always been the backbone of industry in America, often stepping up when our country needs it most. During World War II many factories converted their lines to produce military equipment, transportation and ammunition. As we are engulfed in a global pandemic, Manufacturers are, yet again, re-tooling and re-positioning to provide essential items. With… Read more »

The Difference Between Efficiency, Utilization, and Productivity

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OEE Machine Monitoring

Using visual and auditory cues an experienced Manufacturing Manager can often sense when a factory is running well. Silence means no production. No workers present, no production. It’s an informal, and highly subjective, form of machine monitoring with “data” obtained through “Managing By Walking About” (MBWA.) The practice has much to recommend it, but it’s… Read more »

The Benefits and Importance of Real-Time Manufacturing Dashboards

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RTV Dashboard DataXchange

Imagine driving a car where the dashboard reports yesterday’s speed and distance covered. It sounds bizarre yet that’s how many Operations and Production Managers run their factories. They know output and OEE numbers for the previous day, but that’s of little help in maximizing performance today. What they need are manufacturing dashboards displaying real-time, actionable… Read more »

Vision for 2020

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Scytec DataXchange 2020

To start with, everyone here at Scytec would like to wish all of our customers a happy New Year.  As we step into the new decade we wanted to share a little information about some upcoming plans for 2020 and our roadmap for the Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring service, as well as the upcoming trends… Read more »

2019 in Review

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2019 in Review

As the year comes to a close, we want to take a minute to thank all our customers for a great 2019 and reflect back on some of the events that took place within DataXchange and for Scytec in general.  DataXchange had multiple updates throughout the year as well as the addition of the dedicated… Read more »

How to Improve the Quality of Manufacturing Data Collection

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Manufacturing Data Collection

Good data is the key to improving manufacturing performance and cutting costs. With good data you can maximize bottleneck utilization, measure OEE accurately, use resources more efficiently and find and reduce waste. The challenge is, how do you capture that good data? Here we’ll explore the importance of manufacturing data collection, the difference between good and bad… Read more »

The Difference Between Utilization and Cycle Time

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In DataXchange two commonly used reports and charts are the Equipment Status Summary and the Target Utilization. The Equipment Status Summary shows the statuses that have occurred over the period of time selected, while the Target Utilization shows the utilization percent relative to a target. A common question is whether or not the percent of… Read more »

Automated Data Collection in Manufacturing

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Automated Data Collection

Successful manufacturers become and remain successful by finding and driving out waste. As practitioners of Lean Manufacturing know, waste takes many forms, but it’s hard to always know where to look for it. Possibly the best tool to use is machine monitoring and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). By providing information about what’s happening on the… Read more »

OEE Software for Data Collection

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There’s an old axiom that before you can improve something you need to measure it. In manufacturing there are many metrics that can be tracked. One of the most popular metrics is Overall Equipment Effectiveness, (OEE). Accurate and timely OEE information aids decision-making when managers are faced with rapidly changing circumstances on the factory floor,… Read more »