Maximizing Efficiency and Enhanced Dashboard Visibility
Advantech’s WebAccess/CNC also brought the manufacturer significant savings in terms of engineering time. Broadly speaking, the software platform allows for the real-time monitoring of the connection status, operation mode, alarm status, availability, and equipment cycle times of any connected CNC machines. A more specific example is the manufacturer’s need for grinding wheel wear data; WebAccess/CNC achieved this via real-time monitoring of spindle loading, which facilitated the rapid analysis of tool wear and rendered the process of identifying any damage more efficient.
Another feature serving to maximize CNC efficiency is the system’s CNC alarm feature, which provides specific alarms from CNC records; this can serve as a crucial reference for machine maintenance, aiding the manufacturer’s in-house engineers and line workers with foreseeing potential problems before they arise, thus preventing unnecessary machine downtime for repairs. Also assisting to achieve this end, the maintenance configuration interface provides basic preventive maintenance functions and manufacturer contact information in the event that any assistance is required.
The clear visualization of critical data is not limited to a single command center or monitor; rather, Advantech’s WebAccess/CNC solution dashboard display is available to individual production line workers, further aiding in enhancing productivity. For example, tablets and other mobile devices can be set up to have dashboard access, allowing the remote monitoring and adjustment of production status.