Every year billions of dollars are lost in the manufacturing industry because of machine downtime. Factories try to determine what’s causing the downtime through handwritten records but it’s only as accurate as the operator and they are more interested in getting the machine running then recording downtime.
The other option is to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a fully automated process to collect downtime but the return on investment can take years. The Three Downtime Collection System fixes both of these problems. Through a game changing combination of software and hardware, we’ve developed a webbed solution that can integrate with your line in a matter of hours and no PLC is required. Within an afternoon you can start analyzing reports on any web enabled computer, iPad or smartphone and start eliminating your downtime. Historically, we’ve seen our customers increase their efficiency by as much as 10-15% in just 6 weeks.
Here is how it works. The first thing we do is connect to your manufacturing line’s PLC with our proprietary data collection node. If you don’t have a PLC we have our own device that can be snapped in to your line within minutes. The operator can also manually enter in each event. Once setup, our software monitors your line’s downtime and efficiency then sends the data to our cloud based servers for analysis. You can then view your downtime and uptime within our customizable dashboard from the shop floor, office, home or corporate headquarters by logging into our website.
The operator’s only responsibility is to select a drill down reason code per event and leave a comment when necessary. The operator can use a workstation, iPad or other mobile device to assign a reason code. This process is three times faster for the operator versus handwritten notes. We can also automate the operator input by pulling the error codes directly from the PLC. Instantly after the reason codes are recorded, the dashboard begins to explain where your downtime is and reveals the opportunities to increase your efficiencies.
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