Monitoring system for legacy machine tools
The MT Focus from Syscon International allows manufacturers to see machine performance through the Internet. Its adapter/agent module collects and stores machine status and performance data.
Syscon International has introduced MT Focus, a monitoring system for new and legacy machine tools. MT Focus connects machines through the universal language of the Internet, so a manufacturer can "see" machine performance and make decisions based on accurate data, crucial alerts, current production information and preventative maintenance trends. These insights into the plant floor can be used to improve manufacturing processes and drive innovation throughout the organization.
The heart of the MT Focus product line is its Adapter/Agent Module-it's a four-in-one machine monitoring tool that collects, stores, translates and displays machine status and performance data. Collected data can be viewed as web-based screenshots on smart devices such as SmartPhones, iPads, PCs and shop floor monitors (no need for external host/client computers), or provided as real-time MTConnect protocol that can be used by third-party applications.
Despite its simple installation process and economical pricing structure, MT Focus is flexible and robust enough to handle small machine groupings or large plants with multiple facilities, located around the world. MT Focus can even integrate the plant floor into the company's ERP system, providing historical data that can be used as a benchmark for Continuous Improvement. Some of the machine information provided by the Module includes:
- Actual vs. Targeted Performance Values (OEE, spindle utilization, average cycle times)
- Production Data (good/reject part counts)
- I/O Status and Counts (with e-mail alerts)
- Job Time Accumulators (In Cycle at Rate, In Cycle Slow, Idle, Down)
- Machine Data Summary
- Current and Next Job Data
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