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Creative use cases of downtime reasons and measured parameters in MDCplus basic-module

Creative use cases of downtime reasons and measured parameters in MDCplus basic-module

Downtime reasons (DTR’s) and measured parameters can be used to figure out many interesting things about your production. Use them in combination with MCDplus Production task management-module and you are well on your way to optimize your production.

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Downtime reasons (DTR’s) and measured parameters can be used to figure out many interesting things about your production. Use them in combination with MCDplus Production task management -module and you are well on your way to optimize your production.

DTR’s and parameters can also be very helpful for optimizing your production even if you decide not to use them in combination with MCDplus Production task management -module or integrate MDCplus with your ERP-system. Couple of examples below.

Use DTR’s to find bottle necks in your production

Soon after MDCplus implementation, the data about DTR’s, given by machine operators, will start to show which DTR’s are taking the most amount of time in production schedule. With that information you can find out what are the biggest bottle necks in your production and think about a solution to shorten the downtime caused by the biggest DTR’s.

Compare measured parameters to production orders from ERP to get useful information about your production

Even when you don’t integrate MDCplus with your ERP-system, you can still use DTR’s to figure out interesting things about your production by comparing data from MDCplus to your production orders from ERP, manually.

You can for example compare the corrector parameters (spindle speed corrector and feed corrector) to information in production orders (from ERP) to figure out what materials are usually causing longer machining times compared to what are the planned times in production orders. Or which material providers deliver the easiest to machine materials.

You can also make events and notifications based on measured parameters and compare the data in the event monitoring section in MDCplus basic -module to production orders in your ERP-system manually, to see which products cause biggest number of unusual events.

Use DTR’s during machining to get more information about abnormal processes

In MDCplus it is also possible to make downtime reasons (DTR’s) that are active even when the machine is working by program, like DTR called “Hard material” or “Worn out cutter” for example. That way the operator can input information about the abnormal situation in MDCplus and MDCplus will calculate the duration for that situation.

That information can be used to compare it to production orders in ERP and figure out for example, how much delay are difficult materials causing in production. You will also know why the corrector parameters are lover than 100%. If they are constantly under 100% for some specific product/part, you can adjust the normal NC-program parameters or find out some other reason for the lower correctors.

Beyond the obvious data

As you can see from the examples above, you can use your imagination to figure out much more complex things about your production than what are obvious in the collected data. Simple data from one source compared to data from another source can be much more revealing than you would first think.

That said, of course you will get a lot more features, functionality and opportunities for your imagination, if you decide to use more of the software modules that MDCplus has to offer.

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