Buying Guide to Machine Monitoring Software

Buying Guide to Machine Monitoring SoftwareMachine monitoring software has numerous benefits, but selecting the right software is essential. Every manufacturer has different needs, which is why it’s important to consider these 4 variables when choosing the machine monitoring software for your shop floor.

  1. Ease of Use
  2. When selecting machine monitoring software, you need to select an option that is easy to use for everyone. That includes everything from operators and executives to managers. Examine the user interfaces and ensure that whatever software you choose is easy to use for all parties.

  3. On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based Monitoring
  4. There are two types of monitoring solutions, cloud-based and on-premise. On-premise is where the data is stored on-site with your server and database. While this is often a cheaper option, there are limitations. Cloud-based monitoring allows anyone with access permissions to view the data from anywhere since it is stored in the cloud. With any internet-enabled device, you can view the data. Cloud-based monitoring also reduces the IT support required, because you do not need to buy or maintain expensive on-site servers. Whatever your preference, Scytec DataXchange offers both types of machine monitoring.

  5. Service – Training and Support
  6. Something else to keep in mind is the customer service and support that you will receive. A lot of machine monitoring platforms provide initial training and customer service for initial issues, but that’s where the support stops. With Scytec DataXchange and Shop Floor Automations, you will get continual support and service to ensure that everything works properly. Our cloud model include support in the cost, so we must win your business each month.

  7. Analytics
  8. When it comes to choosing the right machine monitoring software, you should also consider what analytics are offered. The data collected is pretty similar across platforms, but how that data is used and what reports can be produced vary widely. Be sure that the machine monitoring software you choose has the right data and analytics for your process. Your definition of a machine cycling may be different for different equipment since all machnes are not the same. Tool changes, multiple spindles, warm-up programs, and maintenance procedures also should be consider when looking at the data and how it’s acquired by the software.

What Machine Monitoring Solution Does Shop Floor Automations Recommend?

At Shop Floor Automations, we want our clients to have the best. That is why we recommend Scytec DataXchange for machine monitoring. This software is available in an on-premise or cloud-based package and starts at only $45 per month.

Overall, Scytec DataXchange offers the following specs:

  • On-Premise or Cloud-Based
  • Starts at $45 per machine, per month, via Cloud
  • We house the servers – you provide the data!
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of the machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

If you want to take advantage of everything Scytec DataXchange has to offer as a machine monitoring software, Shop Floor Automations can help! Since , we’ve been offering assistance implementing machine monitoring software and we would be happy to do that same for you. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to learn more or request a quote.

To learn more about the machine monitoring solutions and other hardware and software solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

The First Step to Industrial IoT – Machine Monitoring

The First Step to Industrial IoT – Machine MonitoringIndustrial IoT is the future of manufacturing because it allows plans to reduce costs and improve productivity and profitability without compromising product quality. However, if you want to truly take advantage of what IIoT can offer, you need to have accurate and real-time data to work with. That is why machine monitoring software is so essential to have.

What is Machine Monitoring?

Machine monitoring is the installation of machine monitoring systems connected to your equipment throughout your factory. With machine monitoring, you can bring older machines onto the network to collect data from them. The easy to use software can collect, analyze and translate data automatically in a way the provides fast and reliable information. The type of information that can be collected through machine monitoring software includes production level, work order status, quality results, the condition of the machine, and even downtime data.

Benefits of Machine Monitoring

There are many benefits of installing machine monitoring on your machines. Smart machines are the basis of IIoT and the best way to give yourself a competitive advantage in the manufacturing world.

Not only can you reduce waste with machine monitoring, but you can also improve efficiency across your entire production process. With improved communication across the organization, the manager and operator can also improve efficiencies. It’s not just immediate, real-time access to data that matters, but machine monitoring in conjunction with IIoT can also provide essential actionable insights.

What Machine Monitoring Solutions Does Shop Floor Automations offer?

At Shop Floor Automations, our main machine monitoring solution is Scytec DataXchange. Scytec DataXchange offers the following specifications:

Scytec DataXchange:

  • On-Premise or Cloud-Based
  • Starts at $45 per machine, per month, via Cloud
  • We house the servers – you provide the data!
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of the machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

To learn more about Scytec DataXchange and the benefits it can provide your shop floor, contact our experienced team.

Contact Shop Floor Automations for Scytec DataXchange at Your Facility!

If you want to implement Scytec DataXchange in your facility, Shop Floor Automations can help. We have over years of experience implementing machine monitoring solutions in Dallas TX and beyond. Whether you want to install Scytec DataXchange on a cloud-based subscription or Predator MDC on up to 4,000 CNC machines, we can help. We have automated thousands of machines and helped numerous companies improve their OEE through machine monitoring. If you are interested in implement machine monitoring at your facility, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000!

To learn more about the machine monitoring solutions and other hardware and software solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

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Monitoring OEE Can Maximize Your Shop Floor Productivity

Monitoring OEE Can Maximize Your Shop Floor ProductivityIf you are looking to maximize your shop floor productivity and improve your OEE, Shop Floor Automations can help!

What is OEE?

OEE stands for overall equipment efficiency. Simply put, OEE measures the efficiency of a machine and takes into account the availability, performance, and quality of a machine. Mathematically, OEE is equal to the Availability x Performance x Quality.

As far as scores go, a perfect OEE score is 100%. This equates to perfect production that only manufactures good parts, as quickly as possible, without any unplanned downtime.

Machine Monitoring Can Help You Improve Your OEE

While an OEE score of 100% is what manufacturers strive for, a score of 40% is more common for companies that are just starting to monitor their performance. This leaves a lot of room for improvement.

So, how does machine monitoring come into the equation? Manufacturers are always striving to identify and solve problems, but they often struggle to determine the root cause of the problem. It is important to not just know how to calculate OEE, but also have accurate data to base decisions off of. That is why machine monitoring software is necessary. Machine monitoring software can provide real-time metrics, including cycle time, scrap time and downtime, in addition to downtime reasons. By utilizing real-time data, you can make informed decisions to improve your OEE.

What Machine Monitoring Solutions does Shop Floor Automations offer?

At Shop Floor Automations, we specialize in hardware and software solutions geared towards improving shop floor efficiencies. The machine monitoring solutions that we offer include:

Scytec DataXchange:

  • On-Premise or Cloud-Based
  • Starts at $45 per machine, per month, via Cloud
  • We house the servers – you provide the data!
  • Real-time data from any CNC control/equipment, regardless of the machine age
  • Unlimited number of reporting and charting licenses
  • View & report on your data results from anywhere
  • Track multiple types of cycle time

Predator MDC:

  • Monitor 1 to 4k CNC Machines
  • Over 30k Reports & Charts
  • Automatic & Manual shop floor data collection
  • Real-time machine, job & part dashboards
  • Track cycle time, idle, setup, teardown, downtime, & more
  • Multiple plant support metrics
  • Integrate with Touch HMI to replace proprietary hardware

If you’re ready to implement machine monitoring software in your facility, Shop Floor Automations can help.

Contact Shop Floor Automations for Machine Monitoring Solutions to Improve Your OEE!

If you are looking to improve the OEE at your facility, Shop Floor Automations can help. Since , we’ve been helping clients throughout California and Texas implement machine monitoring equipment on their shop floor. From scrap time to cycle time, our machine monitoring solutions can help you take your OEE to the next level. To obtain more information or request a quote, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000!

To learn more about the machine monitoring solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

How to Improve Your OEE With Industrial IIoT

How to Improve Your OEE With Industrial IIoTOEE stands for overall equipment efficiency and is tracked via the data obtained through machine monitoring software. By incorporating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and machine monitoring solutions, you can improve your overall OEE.

How to Improve OEE with the Industrial Internet of Things

By relying on the IIoT, you can improve your OEE. With a smart, connected factory, improvements are driven by the integration of computer and machine. With machine monitoring equipment like Scytec DataXchange, you can gather real-time information and make informed decisions.

IIoT helps because technology can work faster than humans, and also perform at a microlevel that goes beyond what humans can accomplish. Computers also work faster and more accurately and can analyze data and predict trends that are not so easily detected by humans.

Barriers to Industrial IoT Adoption

While it seems obvious that manufacturing companies should implement IIoT, there are some barriers to overcome, including:

  •  IT Skillset: One of the biggest barriers to IIoT adoption is the lack of skills and access that is required to deploy IIoT. Many companies are not up to date on what such a deployment would look like or even require. In addition to technology, IT skillsets must also be upgraded in order to implement IIoT.
  • Data Interoperability: Another barrier to IIoT adoption is data inoperability. Data is often siloed in functional areas of specific departments or is otherwise not compatible for analysis. Thankfully, there are options available to bring legacy equipment onto the network so you can obtain real-time and accurate data.
  • Network Security: Last, but not least, security is also a barrier to IIoT deployment. New connections often create the possibility of a breach and manufacturers and service providers often debate who should provide end security solutions.

Despite the barriers to adoption, it is important to deploy the IIoT on your shop floor to improve your OEE. Thankfully, Shop Floor Automations can help you improve your OEE with our machine monitoring solutions.

Shop Floor Automations Can Help You Improve Your OEE!

At Shop Floor Automations, we can help you improve your OEE at your shop. We’ve been in the business of offering machine monitoring software since and can help install Scytec DataXchange at your shop to improve your OEE.

If you don’t believe us, you should believe Derek at Aero Precision who says, “We have been able to increase our productivity by 25 percent just monitoring the machine utilization.” Jerry at Tech Manufacturing LLC also benefited from our machine monitoring solutions, stating, “There was minimal startup cost and it requires little software management on the user end. Benefits are significant increases in machine utilization, better internal information flow.”

We’re proud of the service we offer and would be happy to help take your OEE to the next level. Give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to get started!

To learn more about the machine monitoring and OEE improvement solutions that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations .

Let Shop Floor Automations Connect Your Haas Machine with Our Reliable USB to Haas Solutions

Let Shop Floor Automations Connect Your Haas Machine with Our Reliable USB to Haas SolutionsIn today’s competitive environment, it’s essential to do what you can to improve your shop floor efficiency. If your shop floor equipment isn’t connected, you are missing out on valuable opportunities to increase productivity and decrease downtime.

If you want to upgrade your Haas CNC controller to improve your process efficiency, Shop Floor Automations can help. We have over 20 years in the business and can help implement USB to Haas in your facility. This not only helps increase the memory on your machine but it also allows you to drip feed large programs.

Keep reading to learn more about our USB to Haas solutions.

USB Connect Haas Solutions for Your Facility

Not every shop is the same, which is why we offer a variety of solutions for your Haas machines. For those looking for USB to Haas, our solutions include:

 

Portable USB Connect

·        Portable aluminum enclosure

·        Drip-feed with single button repeat operation

·        Mid-tape start with search function

·        Connects via RS232 serial port with 4 line LCD display

·        Eliminates the need for expensive memory upgrades

·        Configure any baud rate or handshake

 

Pendant USB Connect

·        All Portable USB features, but with pendant mount

·        A great solution for smaller shops with fewer machines

·        Easy to install on any CNC

·        Support Xmodem for fast speeds

 

Haas Floppy Drive Emulator

Our Haas Floppy Emulator is designed specifically for Haas CNC machines and works on a variety of controls. This plug and play” option is easy to install and doesn’t require any system configuration or software. You can use the same buttons to load and save programs on the CNC controller that you are already familiar with.

The Haas Floppy Drive Emulator features the following specs:

  • Haas compatible, Plug and Play model
  • Replace old Floppy disks with a USB Flash drive & still maintain Floppy procedures
  • Slide the old floppy drive out of the HAAS & slide in the SFA Floppy Emulator
  • Hold the same amount of data on a USB drive that Floppy disk could
  • Add USB to your old Haas at a low cost
  • Save programs to any brand USB drive and load from our device into CNC

If you want to learn more about the Haas Floppy Emulator, contact us today!

Trust Shop Floor Automations to Connect Your Haas Machines

At Shop Floor Automations, we’ve worked with shops big and small to connect their Haas machines. There is no job too big or too small for our talented team. If you want to learn more about our Haas solutions or need help selecting the best option for your facility our team can help. Since , we’ve been helping our clients take their facilities to the next level of efficiency and we’d be happy to do the same for you. Contact us at (619) 461-4000 to learn more or request service!

Eliminate Floppy Drives From Your Shop Floor with Floppy Drive Emulator

Eliminate Floppy Drives From Your Shop Floor with Floppy Drive EmulatorFloppy Connect allows you to replace your floppy drives, which are hard to obtain and can often be unreliable. If you want to implement Floppy Drive Emulator on your shop floor, Shop Floor Automations can help.

Benefits of Installing Floppy Drive Emulators

Though the Floppy Connect hardware doesn’t add memory to your machine, there are so many benefits to the CNC upgrade.

First, Floppy Drive Emulator allows you to refresh legacy machines without replacing them. This upgrades your machine without requiring you to spend thousands of dollars on a new CNC machine.

It also saves you from having to hunt for obsolete storage media. It can be difficult to track down floppy disks but with the Floppy Drive Emulator, you only need a USB stick.

Finally, you can also eliminate proprietary upgrades. Floppy Connect is a small investment compared to having a tech from the machine tool builder evaluate your machine for upgrades.

Types of Floppy Drive Emulators

There are various models of Floppy Drive Emulators available, including:

Floppy Drive Emulator (Universal)

  • Eliminate Floppy Disks
  • Works with PCs or CNC machinery
  • Interface to the existing ribbon cable
  • No modification to the equipment needed
  • Plugs into the floppy power connector
  • Supports 720k/1.44MB capacity IBM
  • Support Wired EDM, Mills, Lathes, Robots, & other types of equipment

Haas Floppy Drive Emulator

  • Only for Haas machines
  • Plug and Play Haas Floppy to USB functions
  • Replace old Floppy disks with a USB Flash drive & still maintain Floppy procedures
  • Off-the-shelf pricing
  • Slide the old floppy drive out of the HAAS & slide in the SFA Floppy Emulator
  • Hold the same amount of data on a USB drive that Floppy disk could
  • Supports mills, lathes, and tool room CNCs
  • Add USB to your old Haas at a low cost

Mazak Floppy Drive Emulator

  • Emulates Mazak floppy actions
  • Replaces old Floppy disks with a USB stick
  • Low-cost Mazak floppy USB solution
  • Easily installed hardware
  • Handles Mazatrol (CMT) files
  • Holds same data amount on a USB drive that floppy disk could
  • Add USB to your Mazak at a low cost
  • USA support with a toll-free number

Okuma Floppy Drive Emulator

  • Only for Okuma machines
  • Floppy Disk Drive Core Replacement
  • Easy to install and use
  • Transfer IGF Files to a USB stick
  • Holds the same amount of data on a USB stick that Floppy disk does

If you are trying to decide what Floppy Drive Emulator is right for your shop floor, Shop Floor Automations can help!

Contact Shop Floor Automations for help choosing and installing Floppy Drive Emulator!

If you want to eliminate floppy drives at your facility with Floppy Drive Emulator, contact Shop Floor Automation. We’ve worked with countless clients to improve their shop floor efficiencies and we can help you do the same by installing Floppy Drive Emulator in your machines. Contact us today at (619) 461-4000 to request service today!

To learn more about the Floppy Drive Emulator and the other hardware that we offer, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automation.

Drip-Feed Large DNC Files with USB Connect Hardware

Drip-Feed Large DNC Files with USB Connect HardwareThe USB Connect series is a USB CNC solution that is designed to eliminate old technology on your CNC machines. In addition, it also increases program storage at the machine and brings new life to them. If you are struggling with floppy disk drives or want to add a USB port to your CNC control, we have the solution you’re looking for. For over years we’ve been helping shops automate and connect their equipment, which in turn, improves overall shop floor efficiency.

At Shop Floor Automations, we know that no two shops are the same. That is why we offer a full suite of connectivity solutions. If you need a rugged, portable option for your CNC machines, we have what you need in our Portable USB Connect solution.

Portable USB Connect Tech Specs

The Portable USB Connect is a communication device that gives you the power to load and save programs from CNC memory, as well as drip-feed to CNC machines. It requires no other device or components to work with it since the unit contains its own DNC firmware.

 

With the Portable USB Connect, you will get the following:

·       Protocols Supported: Xon/Xoff, software handshaking, RTS/CTS hardware handshaking & X-modem

·       Supports drip-feed for the above Protocols (if CNC has function active)

·       Baud Rates: 1200 – 115,200 supported

·       Configurable Data/Parity/Stop Bits

·       Includes 4 Line Display & AC Power Supply

·       Optional FANUC Power cable can be used for FANUC controls

·       Also supports Fadal X-modem/Fadal file transfers and Haas X-modem

·       Includes Thumb Drive (can use any brand/size)

·       Mid-tape restart

·       Connects to RS232 serial port on CNC & no special software required

·       Configurable Line Delay & EOB CR/LF

·       1 Year Warranty with free phone Support for device

·       Quick Setup Guide & Complete Operation Manual

·       Compared to the Pendant USB, it saves four hours of time not needed for installation & does not need to be dedicated to one machine

Contact Shop Floor Automations for help with Portable USB Connect!

At Shop Floor Automations, we have the experience and equipment necessary to improve your shop floor efficiency. With our Portable USB Connect, you can drip-feed large programs, as well as load and save programs from your CNC memory.

While set up is easy because the device contains its own DNC firmware, Shop Floor Automations is still here to help if you need assistance with that as well. If you want to take your shop to the next level of efficiency and update your machines without having to purchase expensive updates, the Portable USB Connect might be just what you need. To request a quote, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000!

To learn more about the Portable USB Connect and other hardware solutions that we offer to help elevate your shop floor efficiency, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.

Connect Your Fadal Machines With Our USB to Fadal Solutions

Connect Your Fadal Machines With Our USB to Fadal SolutionsDo you need to connect your Fadal machines? With USB to Fadal, you can not only achieve Fadal file transfers but also increase program storage and streamline loading. That means upgrading your shop without buying expensive new equipment. Regardless of your number of machines, types of machines, or the types of controls, Shop Floor Automations has you covered.

Utilize Our USB to CNC Solutions

We offer a USB Connect series that is designed to eliminate old technology on your CNC machines. If you want to add a USB port to your CNC control to transfer NC programs or streamline the loading and saving of part programs, USB Connect can help.

What Are the Different USB to Fadal Solutions?

There are numerous USB Connect models that allow for connectivity to just about any machine tool CNC control. In regards to Fadal machines, at Shop Floor Automations we offer the following solutions:

Pendant USB Connect

  • Handles high baud rate programs
  • Great for small shops with a couple of machines
  • Turns RS232 Serial Port into a USB port
  • Upload, Download & Drip-Feed
  • Supports XModem

USB Connect Portable  

  • Handles high baud rate programs
  • Carry from machine to machine
  • Not dedicated to one machine & quick setup
  • Can be used with other CNCs
  • Same functionality as Pendant USB Connect.

If you are interested in learning more about USB to Fadal and how it can take your shop floor efficiency to the next level, contact us today!

Shop Floor Automations Offers a Complete Connectivity Suite

At Shop Floor Automations we know no two shops are the same. That’s why we offer customized connectivity solutions. We work with Haas, Mazak, Okuma, Mitsubishi, Fadal, and more! With our complete connectivity suite, you can convert RS232 to USB, get USB serial port adapters, floppy drive replacements, refresh older equipment, go wireless, or add Ethernet to CNCs.

Shop Floor Automations Can Help with USB to Fadal In Your Facility

At Shop Floor Automations, we have helped automate thousands of machines for shops of all sizes. If you want to connect your Fadal machines, we can help! It’s important to note that not all USB to Fadal solutions work in every situation. That’s why our experienced team will work with you to determine the best solution for your shop floor. With over years of experience in the industry, you can trust us to implement the best solution for your facility that will help take your shop floor efficiency to the next level. Don’t wait, give us a call today at (619) 461-4000 to request a quote or get on the schedule!

 

Install Portable USB Connect to Upgrade Your Older Shop Floor Equipment

Install Portable USB Connect to Upgrade Your Older Shop Floor EquipmentStaying ahead of the competition is essential in today’s competitive environment and updating your shop floor equipment is the way to do that. If you want to eliminate old technology on your CNC machines without having to buy new machines, the USB Connect series can help. With USB Connect, you can increase program storage, drip-feed to CNCs, and store large part programs.

Portable USB Connect Tech Specs

Interested in the tech specs for the Portable USB Connect? Keep reading to learn more!

  • Protocols Supported: Xon/Xoff, software handshaking, RTS/CTS hardware handshaking & X-modem
  • Supports drip-feed for the above Protocols (if CNC has function active)
  • Baud Rates: 1200 – 115,200 supported
  • Configurable Data/Parity/Stop Bits
  • Includes 4 Line Display & AC Power Supply
  • Optional FANUC Power cable can be used for FANUC controls
  • Also supports Fadal X-modem/Fadal file transfers and Haas X-modem
  • Includes Thumb Drive (can use any brand/size)
  • Mid-tape restart
  • Connects to RS232 serial port on CNC & no special software required
  • Configurable Line Delay & EOB CR/LF
  • 1 Year Warranty with free phone Support for device
  • Quick Setup Guide & Complete Operation Manual
  • Compared to the Pendant USB, it saves four hours of time not needed for installation & does not need to be dedicated to one machine

Other USB Connect Models to Consider

If Portable USB Connect doesn’t seem like the right hardware for your facility, there are other models to consider as well, including:

USB Connect Pendant Model

  • Easy to install pendant mount
  • Includes 4 line LCD display & 1GB Thumb Drive
  • Mid-tape start with search function, end of block character control, & more
  • Connects via RS232 serial port with USB directory listing
  • Eliminates the need for expensive memory upgrades
  • Software, Hardware & Xmodem flow control for any CNC

USB Connect Switchbox Model

  • Built-in Switchbox function controls data flow into CNC machine from PC
  • Allows machine serial port to feed between external cable connection & USB Pendant device
  • Pendant USB Connect & secondary system connects to the serial port on CNC Machine
  • Operator can load from USB Drive to CNC when external Serial port device is down

USB Connect Mazak Model

  • Pendant mount USB Connect – Mazak model controller
  • For Mazatrol (CMT) programs
  • Comes with 1GB USB Flash Drive

Contact Shop Floor Automations for help with Portable USB Connect!

If you want to utilize Portable USB Connect or any of the other USB Connect models, contact Shop Floor Automations today. We have over years of experience when it comes to automating shop floor equipment and we’ll be happy to help you do the same. Take advantage of the ability to drip-feed to CNC machines and load and save programs with Portable USB Connect by calling us today at (619) 461-4000!

To learn more about the USB Connect hardware and shop equipment automation services that we offer to make your shop floor more efficient, visit us on the web at Shop Floor Automations.