Machine Monitoring: Improve OEE & Ownership Costs

Did you know that machine monitoring helps to improve OEE, as well as to keep ownership costs low?

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At WESTEC 2017, Josh Davids of DataXchange spoke at a panel about how to improve equipment utilization & quality, while keeping the total cost of ownership low. In this discussion, his main focus was on how simple implementing machine data collection is – especially in terms of Cloud-based software.

“Another thing the Cloud allows you to do, and this again works with on-premise types of solutions, but basically, analyze the data,” Davids discussed. “Looking at the data as it’s collected can be something so simple. To look for trends in real-time…such as looking at the last few records that came in and displaying results, triggered text or email notifications, something so simple.”

Why Use The Cloud – Cloud tech makes adopting new technology accessible with a low entry cost and flexibility. For instance, Cloud-based machine monitoring from DataXchange has a low entry cost, no long-term commitment and it’s as low as $45 per month per machine. Since the data is not being housed on-site, it also allows for better security, as well as automatic software updates from the vendor and better quality of support. This blog explains more about what happens to your data in the Cloud, which is a common concern to new users.

How does Cloud-based machine monitoring help with OEE and ownership costs? Real-time data from machine monitoring helps machinists present accurate data for production meetings, as well as to communicate to higher-ups items needing attention. With notifications on-the-go for smartphones and email notifications, this also allows those on and off the shop floor to take immediate action when downtime occurs, which helps utilization. When utilization improves, then less raw material is wasted. Also, when machine operators are dealing less with downtime and can spend less time trying to communicate machine issues, this is less time wasted on human error and overtime.

Is machine monitoring only for CNC machines? Not at all! On the subject of machine monitoring, FABshop Magazine recently published a piece from us where we discussed unconventional machine data collection. Operators of lasers, press brakes, welders, and more equipment should look into the availability of monitoring. Our Senior Account Executive Amy Gates told the publication that “fabrication machines are becoming more common for people to want to monitor,” Gates said. “Just like with our standard CNC monitoring, customers want to know when their machines are cutting and when they are not.”

For more information on machine monitoring and OEE on the manufacturing shop floor, call (877) 611-5825. You can also fill out this contact form and we will get back to you when it is most convenient! 

 

WESTEC 2017 is a Wrap

westec 2017 WESTEC 2017 was another successful show for Shop Floor Automations.

While the show started slow on opening day, the crowds eventually filled the Los Angeles Convention Center, with a great number of people making their way over to see us at Booth 1935.

There were some worthwhile happenings to mention. Other than the great people who visited our booth during the show, there were fun networking events that happened at the end of the night for Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, we had a painter doing an original piece reflecting on manufacturing influence in Los Angeles, while Wednesday night treated us to stilt walkers and a walking/talking dessert table. Yes, it was odd, but a fun way to keep attendees involved during longer show hours.

WESTEC 2017We gave out some of our G-code shirts and lots of G-code mousepads. We also after the show raffled off some hardware to give away and a prize pack to give away on Instagram. Congrats to those winners!

We were also intrigued to find out that the next WESTEC show will be taking place in Long Beach. A change of venue for this show and this industry should prove refreshing and either way, we appreciate everyone who came by to see us during this year’s show!

shop floor automations westec 2017See our photos from the show in our Facebook photo album by clicking this link. We will soon be uploading a video from WESTEC 2017, so be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube here to see it when it is uploaded.

Post-edit: we had to pick a runner-up winner for our Wired Connect prize, so we congratulate that winner!

Want more information on the solutions we had on display at WESTEC 2017? Click here so we can get in touch with you, or call (877) 611-5825

Must Sees at WESTEC 2017

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With WESTEC 2017 coming up fast, there will be a lot to see. To help out our fellow manufacturing peer members, here are the top 3 list of things at WESTEC 2017 in Los Angeles that we hope to see and feel you would enjoy:

1) Key note speech from Titan Gilroy – WESTEC Theater, Tuesday from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Titan and his company are the focus of the show “Titans of CNC” on the MAVTV Motorsports Network. It is building interest in American manufacturing in regards to the theme of global competition. Their YouTube channel is also full of inspiring videos, including the latest video of Titan helping out a high school aged inventor to create mass quantities of his product to keep up with the demand he is experiencing.

2) Resources for OEE & the MFG skills gap. There are many free information resources to check out at WESTEC. First, check out the MFG apprenticeship panel on Thursday (more info here), info on getting California training funds on Tuesday (more info here), and on Thursday, there will be a presentation on how to balance OEE, utilization, quality, and cost (more info here).

3) You. WESTEC is an amazing place for the West Coast manufacturing community to network and learn from each other, whether in a panel, a workshop, or the halls of the convention center. We want you to come visit us at Booth 1935 – we love getting insight from the people who are the backbone of this industry. If you have any issues with OEE, experience downtime frequently, you have issues with CNC communication or are looking to replace old processes/media, we especially would love to see you. We will also have giveaways and promo codes, so come on over to meet Team SFA!

Coming to WESTEC? Or can’t make it, but want more info? Get in touch with us by calling (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form by clicking here.

Special Edition Newsletter: WESTEC 2017

The following is an archived copy of our WESTEC 2017 email blast:

westec 2017Shop Floor Automations will be at WESTEC 2017 this year to show attendees the latest in smart manufacturing.

Where & When: Booth 1935, the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 12th through the 14th.

Quick Info: Come see demonstrations of DNC software, machine monitoring, job scheduling, and more. We will also have our USB and wireless solutions. Free giveaways of hardware, t-shirts, and mousepads will be available.

Why you should visit SFA at Booth 1935: Learn about Predator’s Manufacturing Suite of Software, which includes DNC, Document Control, Machine Monitoring, Tool Crib Management, and our integration services. See how as little as $45 per month, per machine, can help increase your shop floor productivity and OEE. Upgrade your legacy machines with USB and Ethernet connections, and eliminate serial cables by going wireless. We are celebrating almost 20 years in our industry, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge.

Can’t make it to WESTEC, but want some free insight on hardware or software? Visit our Webinars page and sign up to learn about our various solutions, or schedule a site visit in your shop with one of our manufacturing integrators.

Call (877) 611-5825 for more information!

Original Newsletter Here

SFA at WESTEC 2017

Thank you for visiting us at WESTEC 2017!

Shop Floor Automations will be exhibiting at WESTEC 2017 at Booth 1935 from September 12th to the 14th, where the west coast manufacturing community will come together to learn about new solutions, network with each other, and enjoy like-minded industry company!

WESTEC 2017 Giveaways –

Click here to see how to get a free shirt at our booth. We will also be doing a raffle giveaway of hardware – everyone who gets their badge scanned at our booth is entered. Stay tuned for more info!

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Follow Shop Floor Automations on all of our various social media channels. You can like us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter, subscribe and watch our YouTube videos, check out our Instagram posts, or connect on LinkedIn. Shop Floor Automations has been in business since 1998 helping manufacturing shop floors with OEE, productivity, and preventing expensive memory or machine upgrades. Come to Booth 1935 to see how we have made automation in manufacturing an obtainable goal for any production!

Past or Present Customer of SFA? Visit our Booth, film a video testimonial/review, and get a free SFA GCode T-Shirt! 

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At FABTECH, we anticipate presenting:

  • Hardware solutions, such as the Pendant USB Connect, Floppy Emulator & more!
  • Displaying Predator’s Touch HMI
  • Showing new Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring updates

We have more info here, plus you can contact us for more info, or visit us at Booth 1935 at the show to ask us more. For WESTEC, use hashtag #shopfloorautomations so we know you visited us!

Special Edition Newsletter – HOUSTEX 2017

The following is an archived copy of our HOUSTEX 2017 email blast:

HOUSTEX 2017Come visit us at HOUSTEX 2017, Booth 1616! From February 28th to March 2nd, we will be in Houston TX at this great tradeshow.

Why you should visit Booth 1616: See the latest in Machine Monitoring, CNC Communications, Document Control, Job Scheduling, CMMS, and more software solutions. We will also have the WiFi USB Connect, the Floppy Emulator, and other hardware solutions on display for attendees.

Can’t make it to HOUSTEX 2017, but want some free insight on software? Come to our Webinars page and sign up for one of them to learn about our software solutions, such as machine monitoring or DNC software.

Call for more info at (877) 611-5825

Original Newsletter Here 

SFA’s Top 10 Moments of 2016

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2016 was a pretty crazy year! With 2017 racing toward us, we here at Shop Floor Automations wanted to share our Top 10 Moments of 2016, whether they were inspiring, or just sentimental to us!

MOMENT # 10: The NTMA Business Expo night at the Belching Beaver Brewery. We had a lot of fun, and great food, at this NTMA event. We also gave away a USB Connect and the winner was Eddie from Aerotek!

MOMENT # 9: Visiting OSML (Open Source Maker Labs) via NTMA. We loved getting to visit this maker workshop. At OSML, people of all ages get to learn about 3D printing, welding, making robots, woodworking, and much more. You can read about how to participate in what they do at OSML by clicking here.

MOMENT # 8: Getting inspired by a visit to Workshops for Warriors. Hernán Luis y Prado founded this program where they wish to combat the manufacturing skills gap and give veterans much-needed work that is not only stable but well paying. If you want to help this amazing organization, you can read about our visit here. We also got to interview Hernán at FABTECH 2016, which you can watch here.

MOMENT # 7: Another big moment for us was when we premiered our comic character Shop Floor Man. Not only was it a cute idea, but it was also a statement from us that we really want to delve into the new media movement that is growing within the manufacturing industry.

“This is great for social media,” Christina M. Fuges of MoldMaking Technology stated about Shop Floor Man’s creation. She wrote about how our Marketing Coordinator “heard how social media isn’t valuable for this line of busines but believes this could not be further from the truth.”

MOMENT # 6: Social events at our company, such as our office parties, the bowling night we had, and going to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago, were all a hoot. Because some of our employees work in other offices around the country, it can be difficult for all of us to get together. We are grateful for all of the moments we have been able to have all our employees under one roof to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

MOMENT # 5: Halloween was a lot of fun this year. Everyone brought in snacks and we had a costume contest. The winners were Amanda as Beetlejuice, Amy as Wonder Woman, and Greg as a Minecraft character.

MOMENT # 4: Seeing Blue Man Group in Las Vegas during FABTECH 2016. Sam and Greg were “dragged” to see Blue Man Group by Amanda, who is a big fan of the crazy music trio. The guys ended up loving the show and everyone stayed afterward to meet some of the Blue Men. It was a fun bonding experience and our faces were sore from smiling and laughing during the show.

MOMENT # 3: Farewell to John. This is one of the bittersweet moments of 2016. John had been with our company for five years, but he decided that it was time to move on and pursue some of his dreams. We definitely support that he wanted to spread his wings, so we threw him a farewell party at Fuddruckers, one of his favorite places to grab a burger.

MOMENT # 2: Premiering the Multi Connect at IMTS 2016. Although the device is not ready for purchase yet, setting it up for display at IMTS and FABTECH has garnered a lot of interest. We look forward to the possibilities it has, and as you can see, it definitely is a good looking piece of tech!

MOMENT # 1: We love all of the moments this year in which we got to interact with our amazing customers. Whether it was over the phone, at a shop visit, or at a trade show, thank you for making us who we are today.

Honorable mention to Michael at MiniMachine, who posed for this great photo for us at IMTS 2016.  He uses Predator DNC through us and loves our G-code shirts. He actually came to that show already wearing the shirt, and he filmed this customer success story, too!

Happy New Year from Shop Floor Automations! If you want to make 2017 great for your shop floor, call us at (877) 611-5825. 

SFA at HOUSTEX 2017

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Thanks for visiting us at WESTEC 2017!

Shop Floor Automations is proud to be returning to HOUSTEX for their 2017 show from February 28th to March 2nd 2017 in Houston, Texas! Come see us at Booth 1616.

Use coupon code HOUSTEX2017 in our cart up until 3/31/17 for 10% off all SFA Software (discount is not valid on demos, free downloads, or past purchases) 

At HOUSTEX 2017, SFA will present Predator Software updates, Scytec DataXchange updates, plus we will be showing our new product – the WiFi USB Connect from the Connect Series! We will also have a lot of info on machine monitoring, DNC software & other ways to increase productivity and your OEE!

 Follow Shop Floor Automations on our various social media channels. Like us on Facebook, Tweet us, watch our YouTube videos, check out our Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn.

If you are a Texas-area manufacturing shop floor looking to increase productivity, get rid of downtime, and help your machinists focus more on what they do best, come to our booth. We have a great Support team that can help you over Remote Sessions, or we can send them out to your shop floor. 

Click on the HOUSTEX banner above to get free admission to the show, on us!

Our full line of software options will also be demonstrated at the show. We look forward to presenting new products versions, as well. Specific displays will be changes to Scytec’s DataXchange and live demonstrations of Predator’s Touch HMI

Fabtech 2016 Contest

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Shop Floor Automations will once again be attending Fabtech. With another tradeshow in our sights, you know what that means? Another contest!

When you get your badge scanned at our Booth, you will be entered into our drawing for free giveaways. Options of prizes for winners are:

Two Wireless CNC Connects – product info here

One Wired CNC Connect (1 Port) – product info here

Many opportunities for T-Shirts each day of the show

Winners will be notified after the show and the confirmed choice of prize will be sent to them via UPS. The Hardware prizes will be on a first come, first serve basis. Cash equivalent to the value of the prizes is not an option. The cost of shipping is complimentary from SFA, however, prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes or International addresses. One prize per winner.

More about tradeshows we attend: Because Shop Floor Automations works with clients all over America (even some International folks), tradeshows are an essential part of our lives as a company. We will be attending Fabtech 2016, as well as Houstex 2017 and Westec 2017. Click this link to see our Booth information and other details. Our main Fabtech 2016 post is here.

IMTS 2016 Contest

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IMTS 2016 Contest

Our G-code T-Shirt is a hit at trade shows. That’s why we want to give away some of them in a contest at IMTS 2016 in Chicago!

We will be giving away 3 shirts per day in a raffle – enter just by coming to our booth and getting your badge scanned. We will make sure if you win that we contact you for the proper size and where to ship it to, once IMTS is over.

It would be a great 2016 souvenir from visiting IMTS, AKA the International Manufacturing Technology Show. It sure beats a cheesy “I Love Chicago” T-Shirt, but if you don’t win our shirt, you can always buy it in our store, as well!

We will also be giving away:

We will be at Booth E3240 at IMTS, so be sure to swing by! We will also be premiering our brand new Multi Connect product. When posting about your visit to our booth during IMTS on social media, use the hashtags #shopfloorautomations or #theMultiConnect so we can thank you for sharing what you saw from us. Add us to your show planner by visiting this page, too! Check out other tradeshows will be attending in the future, as well.