Smart factory Seco propels manufacturing with smart software and actionable intelligence
With a wealth of data generated from production processes of all kinds, shops need to understand how to use that data to their advantage. Now, progressive manufacturers can move toward even greater benefits with software that fulfills the promises of Industry 4.0.
In the fast, cost-effective, sustainable future, smart software is paving the way to optimised production and improved decision making. Digital technology and smart software have already transformed the machining industry with unprecedented access to actionable data for better results in less time.
Past years have shown the machining industry that sustainable cost containment holds the key to stability and survival, even in turbulent economic times. At the same time, the industry realised it needed faster ways to develop new technologies and tools that can respond to changing circumstances. Smart software is a key to making these developments responsive and effective. In some situations, it can enable manufacturers to optimize machining and production processes by up to 40 percent, eliminating some of the repetitive manual processes.
Non-digitised processes force production personnel to look up product information manually, which wastes time and may not yield accurate results. For example, to reduce routine tasks on the shop floor, with the help of Seco Assistant smartphone app, production personnel can simply scan the product package or the tool. As a result, they can quickly receive relevant product information or calculate cutting data and compare insert geometries and grades from different suppliers.
30 to 60 percent of tooling inventory is likely to be uncontrolled, floating around the shop floor or simply stacked by machines in excess quantities. Smart software, such as the Inventory Management system, can help to tackle this issue in a more cost-effective and secure way.
Apart from physical flexibility, its main benefit lies in monitoring tool and equipment usage and increasing staff accountability. This way, the inventory management systems help to reduce wasted set-up time because of misplaced items and keep track of high-value tools and mission critical items.
Less human involvement in CAM programming
In future, smart machining technologies are likely to allow the feature recognition in components, build quick CAM programming and supply NC codes to machines, saving up to 80 percent of time in the engineering preparation area. Nevertheless, due to the high complexity of some components such as turbine blades and structural parts, human intelligence and technical expertise are still required. Engineering Services from Seco can help with optimization of new or existing complex machining processes and identifying gaps in CAM programming.
“In a factory network, smart software can eliminate unnecessary inventory of materials and tooling for up to a 20 percent reduction in inventory costs,” said Janardhan N., Engineering Services Solution Manager at Seco Tools. “With processes optimized for efficiency through technology that removes repetitive manual processes from the production line, labor productivity can rise up to 30 percent and machine downtime drop by up to 50 percent.”