Having a plan for maintaining and improving the performance and reliability of every machine on a shop floor is vital to manufacturing operations. Reliable machines make short-notice production runs possible. And the more flexible a manufacturer is, the more new customers they’ll attract.
How much do manufacturers believe growth is defined by the machinery productivity? In a 2019 Decision Analyst survey of 150 North American manufacturers, completed in collaboration with IQMS/Dassault Systèmes, 82 percent of respondents said upgrading existing machines or purchasing new machinery was a top priority. These investments were focused on ensuring that shop floor machines were “smart” and connected in order to support accurate real-time monitoring.
Being able to offer greater tooling flexibility, custom molds, and short-notice, customized production runs all starts by knowing the health of every machine across the shop floor.
To put together a successful growth strategy, manufacturers must tie it back to a fitness plan for every machine tool. Not only will this extend their useful lives, the additional data on the machine health will also improve production scheduling. Assigning the most qualified technicians to the best possible combination of machines for a specific production run is greatly simplified when each machine has a consistently high level of production fitness.
Just like someone who joins a gym to get in better shape, millions of manufacturers today have the beginnings of strong fitness plans for their machinery. The challenge is putting them into action and getting results. The following four steps are a great way to start:
IQMS (now DELMIAWORKS, part of Dassault Systèmes), Paso Robles, Calif., develops ERP software for manufacturers. To read an extended version of this article, visit: https://www.sme.org/putting-machinery-on-a-strong-fitness-plan-starts-with-real-time-monitoring
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