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Adding Part Traceability to CNC Machine Monitoring

Monitoring machining processes in the machine shop provide a lot of data, but by itself is not measuring the performance. For that to happen, machine shops need to follow the material from receiving to the finished product. This can be achieved through part or lot traceability. Only by tracking the part can the data collected be put in proper context that will enable useful analysis. After the inefficiency are identified, a new layout and material flow can be created to better utilize the process and increase overall efficiency of the equipment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Irani’s lean manufacturing approach focuses on how work flows through a facility.
  • Identifying product families and designing a layout to facilitate flow are key elements of the method.
  • Oilfield industry manufacturer SCS didn’t reap the benefits of machine monitoring until they reorganized their shop floor.

“By itself, machine monitoring is not enough to gage manufacturing process performance.”

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