A HIGH VOLUME TOOLING MANUFACTURER CHOOSES SENSTRX

One of our customers makes metal composite parts made from tungsten carbide products for the automotive, aerospace, medical, petroleum, and woodworking industries.

Visibility into bottlenecks and scheduling changes addresses this company’s idle machines and motivates workers to outperform.

A mixture of metal powders and wax are used to create pellets. These metal composites are fed into presses and molded into the desired shapes. In one of the final stages, the sintering process, the parts are exposed to a searing heat leaving behind a fully formed tungsten carbide component ready to be grinded and finished.

Visibility into bottlenecks and scheduling changes addresses this company’s idle machines and motivates workers to outperform.

Their Visibility Challenge

The company had no visibility into machine downtime or bottlenecks. While they knew some presses sat idle for long periods, they had no way of seeing how long they were idle and why.

They knew machine downtime was costing them money, but the solution wasn’t obvious. Could better scheduling of production runs keep more of the presses working more of the time? Were machines going down and left idle while waiting for maintenance? SensrTrx provided them a solution.

A Data-Driven Solution

The company had a variety of brands and machines they wanted to monitor and measure, nineteen in all, and they wanted an integrated solution that worked for all machines not just a few.

SensrTrx installed inexpensive and reliable CLICKⓇ PLCs to track cycle times on the hydraulic presses, grinders and and furnace to provide a single data point capturing availability and providing end of shift reporting. SensrTrx gathered that data in the cloud and provided the entire organization through our subscription-based dashboard service.

Scoreboards & Dashboards

Scoreboards placed strategically in the plant, visible to all workers communicated the availability and performance of the entire plant in real-time.

Operations managers are able to view reports and make decisions about scheduling to alleviate the bottlenecks and ensure the presses don’t sit idle for too long.

After each shift, notifications go out to the managers and workers. If there is unplanned downtime or a particularly productive shift, everyone knows.

That’s the power of plant floor visibility.

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