Industry 4.0 Smart Factory platform: CIS and Fourjaw announce strategic partnership
UK — The British supplier of cutting tools, oils and lubricants CIS has joined forces with a tech spin-out from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to accelerate the adoption of Smart Factory data-analytics to improve machining shopfloor productivity.
Bedford based Carillon Industry Services (CIS), who supply precision engineering firms across the south of England and beyond, is partnering with Sheffield-based Fourjaw Manufacturing Analytics whose cloud based App and clip-and-play Machine Link hardware provides immediate real time access to machine utilisation activity on the shop floor.
CIS owner and Managing Director, Bryan Clover, was developing an Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, concept as part of the firm’s CNC analytics offer when he discovered tech start-up Fourjaw which is just celebrating its first birthday following VC investor funding in 2020.
When Fourjaw’s founders — Chris Iveson and Robin Hartley — visited the CIS Productivity Proving Centre, they saw an immediate fit with Bryan’s Smart Factory offer to his customers across the aerospace, defence, medical and automotive sectors. That is why CIS decided to install Fourjaw in their Productivity Proving Centre.
Clover said: “Our mission has always been to add significant value to our customers by equipping them the right cutting tools and oils for the job. The Fourjaw platform is a different type of tool that enables manufacturers to eliminate unwanted downtime and maximise productive time. It fits perfectly with our Smart Factory concept.”
According to Fourjaw’s CEO Chris Iveson, this partnership is a natural fit because both teams share the vision of revolutionising manufacturing using simple but transformative technologies to maximise productivity.