When we talk about data what we actually mean is events. So the first task when installing CIMCO MDC-Max is to consider what machine and operator events you want to collect information about. Machine events can be collected automatically by CIMCO MDC-Max and most installations will include events such as Cycle Start, Cycle Stop, and Part Complete as a minimum.When these events occur at a machine CIMCO MDC-Max is automatically notified and data about the event is stored. Operator event data is sent manually by machine operators using an input device such as a touch screen by the machine. The operator can send status information to CIMCO MDC-Max indicating specific events and usually you want to collect downtime reasons such as Waiting for Setter, Waiting for Maintenance, Scrapped Part, Inspection, etc. CIMCO MDC-Max can be customized to collect information on any event and a variety of input options are available including smartphone, tablet, touch screen, barcode reader and PC.
BASIC SETUP FOR MACHINE DATA COLLECTION
The majority of companies only want to know if a particular machine is running and producing or if it is stopped. With a basic data collection setup MDC-Max can show the amount of time the machine has been in production and the amount of time allocated to downtime. It is then up to the supervisor to ask the operator why the machine was not running.
ADVANCED SETUP FOR MACHINE DATA COLLECTION
With an advanced data collection setup MDC-Max can provide accurate reporting of the machine tool efficiency on any job. MDC-Max can show the total percentage of downtime for each type of machine stoppage such as Tooling, Setting and Machine Maintenance, etc. This additional information is provided by the operator using an input device such as a touch screen. The operator simply enters the specific downtime reason and this information can then help pinpoint what is causing a loss of production.