As the concept of the connected and "smart" factory becomes ever more real and a feasible goal for many manufacturers, Excellerant will be at IMTS 2022 presenting its recently trademarked Excellerant Collaborative Manufacturing Platform™.
"In a nutshell, the Platform is designed to measure and improve a shop's performance by automatically collecting shop data and providing tools to visualize and optimize production," said Excellerant's founder and president John Carpenter.
The essential pillars of the Excellerant Collaborative Manufacturing Platform include real-time machine data and contextualized operator data. It unifies all manufacturing devices in a secure network that is compliant to most cybersecurity standards, such as the DoD's CMMC mandate.
The company's proven hardware automatically captures uptime, part counts, cycle times, and more from both modern and legacy machine tools. Since there are so many variants that can affect manufacturing productivity, context is required to fully understand what’s happening on the shop floor. That kind of downtime information is relayed quickly and easily by the operators using simple reason codes on a tablet-optimized software interface.
Synchronization with a shop's ERP system is a key component of the Platform's collaborative power, keeping both the shop floor and the front office current with the latest production information. There's also a well-designed visual dashboard that delivers important insights at a glance to keep production on track. For example, built-in OEE monitoring makes it simple to see a shop's true performance.
"It's all about continuous improvement towards increasing profitability," said Carpenter. "Objective, contextualized data reports focus on the main areas to do just that -- machine downtime, performance, and part quality. Shop owners and managers can measure the largest causes of downtime so that those can be eliminated, or at least minimized. Once the corrective actions are in place, the continuous data collection shows how they are working."
"With this Platform," continued Carpenter, "we've taken the whole topic of shop connectivity from something that curious computer geeks like to something that anyone with business sensibilities loves."
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