SOLUTION: Connect Old and New, and Find the Leaks
A team of Juxtum engineers assessed the pilot site and identified 43 machines, nearly half of which served completely different functions. This presented a level of complexity as it meant that every machine would generate different readouts, in terms of speed, efficiency levels, heat monitoring, and power monitoring; however, the Juxtum team’s experience and developed solutions are designed to embrace the challenge.
Engineers installed Juxtum Connect software adapters, connecting all 43 machines so they could produce coordinated outputs. Because the machinery varied in age, some older equipment required hardware appliances, designed by Juxtum for quick and efficient installation while also still being able to capture critical data sets off the machine.
The process went seamlessly, and – with the machines able to talk – the client began making key findings:
- There was a marked decline in production from night to day shifts.
- Further analysis gave voice to the day-shift workers that they were being distracted by the higher number of managers and staff on the floor.
- Unscheduled downtime reduced equipment utilization
The operational realization: Machines were producing on average for 6-hours and 15-minutes versus the scheduled 7-hours, an ability to gain 45-minutes in additional production time by increasing efficiencies instead of increasing capital.