Entries by Susan Towers

Integrating Equipment Data with ERP for Bigger Business Benefits

Maintenance, particularly on the shop floor, involves expensive machinery – which translates into high costs for actions like repair work. These costs can represent anywhere from 15-70% of expenses, says IEEE. But maintenance costs may not even be the biggest liability.   For companies with strict quality standards and challenging customer expectations, the cost of […]

A Turn Toward Manufacturing Perfection with CNC Digital Twins

The concept of an effective digital twin, or exact replica of your equipment or process on the shop floor, gained notoriety in 2002 despite its early roots in NASA’s space program in the 1960s. Today digital twin creation is happening across manufacturing floors around the world in an effort to speed up and optimize traditional […]

The Equipment Monitoring Impact on Process

For many companies, monitoring machines can be limited to simply tracking planned and unplanned downtime for maintenance operations. The real-time capture of downtime data can produce valuable trends to help prioritize and implement corrective action to prevent additional equipment failures, as an example shared by Reliable Plant magazine. Others may include monitoring for production purposes, […]

Shop Floor Automations to Exhibit Machine Monitoring at IMTS 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE La Mesa, CA – June 1, 2022 – Shop Floor Automations (SFA), a manufacturing integrator serving a variety of industries, will be demonstrating the Scytec DataXchange machine monitoring solution at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2022, one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology as well […]

Automating Communication for a Better-Performing Plant Floor

When it comes to process improvements on the shop floor, communication can be a known issue – but not necessarily one that is high on the short-term corrective action priority list. Why is that? The simple answer is that addressing communication issues can be uncomfortable and hard to rectify in some situations, and downright explosive […]

Securing Your CNC Equipment for CMMC 2.0 Compliance

Companies within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), like machine, pharmaceutical and aerospace product manufacturers, are increasingly the subject of frequent attacks in pursuit of the billions of dollars tied up in Department of Defense (DoD) projects. The SolarWinds breach, the REvil cybergang hit on a defense contractor and others incidents making headline news are the […]

4 Ways Machine Monitoring Automated Alarms Can Aid Your Shop Floor

From Streamlining Machine Tooling Changeovers to Reducing Equipment Downtime, Machine Monitoring Automation Can Have Major Impacts on Your Plant Operations The process of receiving instantaneous equipment alarms and reason codes doesn’t have to be a manual or cumbersome process; learn how to easily funnel this machine data to operators and technicians to initiate improvements to […]

What Does a Digital Transformation Look Like on the Shop Floor?

Shaping Your Digital Transformation on the Shop Floor A digital transformation journey can vary from company to company; find out what it could look like in your own manufacturing environment. The global digital transformation market isn’t just booming – it’s growing at a steady rate of 20.8% CAGR per year. Because businesses are rapidly implementing […]

Smart Factory Practices: Reasons to Invest in Machine Monitoring Solutions

Why Invest in Smart Factory Machine Monitoring Solutions? Growth spurred by recovery from COVID-19, skilled labor and material shortages, and more is fueling interest in smart factory practices. Machine monitoring may be the answer for your manufacturing operations. Are you looking to take on or contribute to your smart factory initiatives? Are you wondering if […]

Meet Manufacturing Demand at FABTECH 2021

Shop Floor Automations to Offer Manufacturing Machine Monitoring and Hardware Solutions to Increase Visibility, Productivity With its recent announcement that it will be the first large-scale manufacturing trade show to return to McCormick Place in Chicago from September 13-16, FABTECH will once again make Chicago the epicenter of the North American metal fabrication industry. The […]