Machine Monitoring Software Gives Helpful Alerts

This technology makes your job easier as a manager or operator.


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Programmer Sean Svajcsik enters a downtime reason code into eNet.

The benefits of modern technology are everywhere, so you might as well take advantage of these in your shop to make jobs more efficient. This technology makes your job easier as a manager or operator.

A shop’s machine monitoring software is an advantageous tool for any shop, especially when using the alert system. Operator log-ins, machine status, cycle times and preventative maintenance information can be monitored in real-time. When a machine is down, the operator can be required to put in a code corresponding to a predetermined list of reasons. An alert can then be sent to specific distribution lists via email or text message. 

If the code for “out of material” is entered, a material handler can be alerted. If the code for “tool breakage” is entered, the tool crib can be notified. Down codes and notification distribution can be customized according to each customer’s application. Real-time monitoring also tracks how often a machine is operating during a shift, holding operators accountable for their production rates. By requiring operators to log in to the machine, management can more accurately track labor costs for a given part number or machine cycle.

To read more about the benefits of machine monitoring, see “Machine Monitoring Helps Job Shop Become Lean,” from PM’s October issue.