During the shop floor assessment, Juxtum learned about each machine from which the client wanted to gather information – make, model, age, controller type, processes it is responsible for, the kind of data available from the device, units of measure for the data, and much more.
Next, Juxtum implemented a plan to install software adapters on each machine to collect actionable data while keeping work-floor disruptions to a minimum. Phase I of the client’s digital transformation connected eight machines and focused on overall equipment effectiveness related to machine availability and performance. Some of the specific information delivered by the software adapters included the percentage of time each machine operated, at what times each went idle, and the number of parts produced per machine. By using a secure data collection software, Juxtum Connect, the client benefited in three ways:
- Juxtum’s patented technology automatically discovers and configures the adapter for each machine’s unique geometry and physics. As a result, information the client could not previously access from its assets was now obtainable.
- The fast, non-invasive installation of the software limited worker interference, and future updates to the software can be made without disruption to production. The installation of each adapter took less than 10 minutes, allowing for eight machines to be connected within one hour.
- Juxtum Connect is built to the MTConnect® standard, allowing all the client’s connected machines to communicate real-time data in an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard vocabulary.