Customer Success Stories
Shop Floor Automations believes in measurable results. Check out these case studies on how our solutions help out manufacturing shop floor operations!
We are always conducting case studies on our Manufacturing Solutions. If you would like to share your story, please contact us.
SMART MANUFACTURING TAKES FLIGHT
The indicators to diversify your customer base can present themselves in many ways to a company. For Senior Aerospace AMT, a leading manufacturer of commercial and aerospace parts, it started with one major indicator. A single customer of the company – albeit, one of the largest aerospace companies in the world – made up approximately 90 percent of AMT’s business. The company spun this sign into an opportunity to fine-tune its machining operations.
Tom Anderson, AMT Machine Process Engineer, explained, “We wanted to know, how much time are machines broken down? Which machines need to be replaced over others, and when? At the same time, we wanted to get a full sense of our capacity.” Once this visibility was gained, he figured, there would be a better chance to determine potential improvements to cost effectiveness and quality in an effort to retain current business and attract new prospects.
PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON DOWNTIME
MOGAS is a leading manufacturer of severe service ball valves for extreme industrial applications – industries such as nuclear, petrochemical and mining rely on the company for their four decades of field and manufacturing experience with harsh plant conditions. As a result, companies can be confident that their MOGAS designs withstand high process integrity, uptime reliability and personnel safety measures.
With operations spanning the globe, the Houston, TX-based headquarters of MOGAS features a 66,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with 12 CNC machines, among other equipment. Leadership within the company identified the CNCs for improvement opportunities, yet lacked the data visibility to determine the full potential of these improvements. Learn how MOGAS took steps to bring transparency to the floor by downloading this customer success story now.
LIFTING CNC PROGRAM PRODUCTIVITY TO NEW HEIGHTS
When oil or gas basins experience inconsistent production or liquid loading in the wellbore, they can turn to Flowco Production Solutions for artificial lifts. The Houston, TX-based company exists to safely maximize the lifespan and efficiency of oil and gas wells with their high performance artificial lift products, and have been doing so since 2014. But Flowco had identified a source of waste – and it was happening on their own shop floor.
Flowco, like many manufacturers, has several million dollars’ worth of equipment to produce its specially-designed gas and plunger lift solutions. Programmers were tasked with hand-loading programs onto their CNC machinery with a floppy disk or USB, which meant employees were physically going out to equipment to download programs and spending up to two hours a day programming machines while fielding calls, “drop in” visits and requests and other interruptions. Find out the structured approach Flowco took with Shop Floor Automations to better focus on strategic priorities by accessing their customer success story here.
Decision Making and Process Improvements with Machine Monitoring
Manes Machine produces complex aerospace related industry parts on 5-Axis machines that
range from 1”-160” work envelopes. Manes Machine was struggling to meet customer demand
from the likes of Collins Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Goodrich, and many others. Manes
Machine was not receiving clear data as to whether their Mazak, Makino, and Okuma
machines were running or not running.
OEE and Productivity Increase With Machine Monitoring
Future Foam began looking into a machine monitoring solution after their legacy non-CNC machines presented production challenges including limited connectivity options, unconventional cycling and downtime phases, continuous flow processes, and a need for an initiative-taking outlook regarding OEE. Future Foam has twenty-two locations across the country and a need for remote factory monitoring to drive real-time KPIs was an omnipresent one.
Utilization Increase With Machine Monitoring
Tech Manufacturing is a 40 thousand square foot facility in Wright City, Missouri that specializes in low volume high mix parts. This includes a range of platforms including the F-15 and includes some parts that take over 100 man hours to machine. Tech Manufacturing is a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week operation utilizing limited automation. Their target is to be running sixty five percent or more of the time In Cycle.
Shop Floor Automations has been in business since 1998. We have racked up thousands of frequent flier miles, are very active in the manufacturing industry’s social media landscape, and are supporters of such endeavors as The Association for Manufacturing Technology, the MTConnect protocol, and America’s MFG Day. We very much look forward to speaking to our customers about how our solutions worked for them and developing a case study with you.