Marposs has announced the availability of its data management software—C-THRU4.0, designed to collect and process data from metal forming equipment such as stamping presses and coldforming machines equipped with Brankamp devices or T1 terminals.
The software enables a direct connection between a production level process monitoring system or T1 terminal and production control with an overarching ERP system to deliver machine, operating, order, maintenance, quality, and process data in real-time to all departments of the company. The data collected can be used to reduce setup and downtimes, optimize cycle times, increase machine utilization, and document and evaluate process data.
The direct interconnection with process monitoring provides the production planning with fully substantiated, detailed information not available to conventional production control systems. This interconnection supports automization of workflows, automated report generation, identification of stop reasons, minimization of setup times and optimal planning of intervals for orders or maintenance. Production costs and quality are always transparent and traceable through the statistical recording and evaluation of performance indicators.
“Prior to this software we had to review data manually,” says Joe Bortolameolli, product specialist, Brankamp. “With C-THRU4.0, the machine monitoring information is available in real-time through the company network, providing a transparent connection between machine, process and production.
To initiate C-THRU4.0, data collected from the monitoring processes is coordinated with the customer’s cost and resource information to provide a dashboard that meets the customer’s needs. Any changes coming in from the customer side can be fed back to the forming machine. This interconnectivity and data flow supports the move toward the Industrial Internet of Things (iIoT) and Industry 4.0.