The Power of a Single Machine Data Point Everyone talks about the IoT, IIoT, Big Data and “AI for manufacturing“. But, this means lots of machine data, right? That data all has to go somewhere. One of the most common questions we get at SensrTrx is, “Will our internet connection be able to handle all[…]
Supercharge Legacy Manufacturing Equipment Manufacturing equipment lasts a long time, I have been in plants that had equipment from the 40s, 50s, and 60s and those machines are still running strong. A lot of these machines have no electronics or if they do they are very simple. Therefore, our preferred solution of connecting directly to[…]
Manufacturing ERP Systems Don’t Do What You Think They Do I talk about manufacturing software a lot. I have spent decades building, developing, and working on the ground-level with manufacturing software. Unfortunately, a lot of what is marketed to manufacturers is smoke and mirrors. Manufacturing ERP systems are usually one of the first software systems[…]
Manufacturing Analytics is not the same as MES or ERP If you don’t want to read this whole post I will summarize: Manufacturing Analytics is not ERP or MES. Simple, right? It is a different tool with a different goal. So do you need both? Probably not, right? Not surprisingly, I would say that is[…]
Do you like spending lots of money, burdening your staff, and secretly wondering if the data you have is actually correct? I bet you don’t. Welcome to the world of manufacturing systems integration.
Here’s the truth. You want integrated data and a single source of the truth.
Manufacturing Data Is Worthless Without This… Sort of a salacious title, right? It’s true. Manufacturing data is worthless without one simple thing. Every year I watch manufacturers ignore important issues and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to solve manufacturing challenges using data, but still, completely miss this important component. What’s more, this data[…]
Here’s The Manufacturing Data You Absolutely Don’t Need!
You don’t need all that manufacturing data.
To some, collecting any kind of machine data from the manufacturing floor can seem complex. I hear actually this a lot. “All data collection technologies have all these features and we are too small or our processes are too simple”. This is a really common outlook.
Other people tell me that these same kinds of data collection technologies and methods are too simple. “We need SPC (statistical process control), ERP integration, MES functionality, etc.” .. the list goes on.
So, which is it? Are some manufacturers just way behind; while others are way ahead of everyone else – technology developers included?
When Manufacturing Data Analytics Ends Up Making You Mad
Imagine, the founder of a manufacturing data analytics company telling you about how analyzing your machines and analyzing your manufacturing data could ultimately end up really bumming you out? That’s exactly what I’m prepared to do.
It’s true, I speak as an expert at a lot of major manufacturing events and the “data” is overwhelmingly telling me this is the case (data = what good manufacturers tell me).
Most manufacturers start their journey towards better data by saying, “We just need to know this simple handful of things”. The theory being that those simple things would provide some pretty dramatic improvements.
The Cause of Downtime In Manufacturing
Downtime is one of the biggest problems in manufacturing. It is costly and damaging to all manufacturing businesses.
Downtime is caused by planned maintenance, tool breaks, adjustments and even bathroom breaks. Every minute a manufacturer’s machine isn’t up and running, there is a chance that revenue is lost. What’s more, unplanned downtime can be debilitating to manufacturers that rely on performance and quality to stay competitive in their niche.
Understanding what disrupts machine uptime is critical to preventing machine downtime and improving lean manufacturing processes.
How To Monitor Machines & Provide Better Service
If you’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), it’s easy to see why monitoring customer machines offers some big benefits for sales teams. However, many of the original equipment manufacturers we work with are actually most excited about the customer service attributes they’ve gained by being able to monitor machines in customer plants.
Below, I’ll run through how to monitor machines and provide better service to customers. I’ll also highlight how this can become an additional stream of revenue and how we’ve seen OEMs structure these kinds of models in the past.