In order to perfectly utilize available machines, manufacturing companies need to know how machines are currently used, as well as what potential can still be tapped from them. For this purpose, data must be systematically recorded and evaluated. A state-of-the-art machine data collection system, integrated in a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), offers the necessary range of functions to accomplish this.
- No more unreliable and time-consuming written documentation
- Full transparency to current machine conditions
- Improvement of maintenance processes based on reliable, actual data
- Optimization of machine utilization by reducing downtimes and malfunctions
- Longer machine utilization times and support for investment decisions
Machine data collection with HYDRA MDE
Both studies, and the experience from numerous projects, show that the average machine utilization is usually less than 60 percent. Unplanned downtimes have the lion’s share when it comes to wasting machine time with 10 to 15 percent. You can significantly increase machine efficiency by having reliable historical data on the machine behavior and thus you will have the background of all of its failures and malfunctions.
In addition to the order-related shop floor data collection, HYDRA MDE evaluates real time machine data recorded on the shop floor (e. g. machine status and quantities). Based on this, important KPI’s such as OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) are calculated and then displayed in meaningful diagrams. From the collected data, you can find out everything you need to know about your machines, which is the first step in significantly increasing the availability and usage of your machines and systems. Combining this with a maintenance strategy (predictive maintenance), based on machine data, will result in higher productivity.
Many business units across the enterprise can benefit from an MES system such as HYDRA. Our ROI Analyzer reveals the untapped potentials that are still hidden within your production processes and will show you how they can be assessed monetarily.