Application
Notes

Industry-Specific Examples
of Process or Machine Monitoring.

Application
Notes

Industry-Specific Examples
of Machine Monitoring.

Every Manufacturer
Is Different

The application of process or machine monitoring differs depending on the industry. Some manufacturers are more focused on mitigating downtime, while others want more control over their scrap. Browse the different industry applications to see what IIoT can do for you.

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In our years of providing smart manufacturing solutions, we have created various helpful tips, dashboard templates, reporting examples, and best practices that benefit users of ShiftWorx™ MES, including:

  • Using multiple views on a single display
  • Reading notes for Status Code entries
  • Using colors in Status Code reports
  • Encouraging the entry of Status Codes
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Bottling & filling manufacturers run a continuous process of filling, labeling and packaging fluids, and sometimes blow molding the containers are part of the process.

Processes typically involved in bottling applications:

  • Blow molding the bottle
  • Filling the bottle with liquid
  • Capping the bottle
  • Labeling the bottle
  • Weighing the bottle against QA
  • Packing
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Wire harness manufacturers operate various machines that produce electrical harness assemblies to transmit either electrical power or signals. Many processes are automated but several are still operator influenced or manually controlled. There are far more people involved “hands on” in production in this industry than in other industries.

The most common primary processes for wire harness manufacturers include:

  • Automatic cutting, stripping & terminating
  • Molding
  • Braiding & winding
  • Electro-sonic welding
  • Assembly
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Regardless of industry, manufacturing is about adding value to a product. However, measuring the value added to a product in process has proven challenging.

Many manufacturers measure non-value adding activity instead, and use that as an indirect measurement of value. Others rely on the information generated by their ERP or accounting systems, but this data is not delivered in real-time and is often not empirical.

Value-Adding Activities (VAA) can be defined as any action that adds value throughout the production process. However, each industry measures value differently, which is why we have listed some industry-specific examples below.
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Manufacturers in this industry have a continuous production process that takes rolled sheets of flat steel or other metal and forms it into tubes. Machine rate and runtime are the best indications of overall process efficiency.

Examples of Machines Monitored

  • Roll forming tube mill
  • Die punches
  • Cut off saws
  • Laser cutters
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Forging manufacturers shape metal by using calculated force and extreme temperatures. Typically using a power hammer or die, the metal is shaped for its intended purpose. Forged parts vary in size and can be customized to fit any shape or purpose.

Types of machines typically monitored:

  • Induction furnace
  • Forge hammer
  • Trim press
  • Cutting saws
A typical forging workflow starts at the saw, followed by moving the metal through to the induction furnace, into the forge and onto the trim press.
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Tool & die manufacturers run high value, low quantity production of unique parts in a production process with many dynamic variables.

Machine Uptime is the most common indication of productivity in most shops, with the belief that when the spindle is running, the company is making money and adding value.

Examples of Machines Monitored

  • CNC Lathes
  • CNC Mills
  • Machining Centers
  • EDM Machines
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Steel service centers look to better understand their machine utilization time and downtime. Distributing anything from plate steel, pipe, tube, or block steel, these service centers aim to turn around cut-to-size orders as quickly as possible.

Types of machines typically monitored:

  • Plasma cutters
  • Laser cutters
  • Oxy acetylene tables
  • Machining centers
  • Band & cold saws
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A job shop is a type of manufacturing environment where production is focused on making specific, often custom products one customer at a time. These kinds of manufacturers fit in the “high mix, low volume” category. Each unit produced is created according to precise customer specifications, resulting in highly specialized and customized products.

Examples of job shop manufacturers:

  • Machine tool shops
  • Machining centers
  • Commercial printing
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