Grinding Technology Virtual machine monitoring technology delivers high grinding efficiencies

Author / Editor: Barbara Schulz / Barbara Schulz

Australia - Anca's smart factory Management Suite enables customers to monitor the operational performance of their machines no matter where they are in the world, while also providing live production data to help them make informed operational improvements.

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Management Suite interface: The dashboard provides users with the flexibility to monitor their production in and out of the office.
Management Suite interface: The dashboard provides users with the flexibility to monitor their production in and out of the office.
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Time is a precious commodity in the modern world and businesses that have the systems in place to achieve more with less will always be a step ahead of their competitors. Manufacturers have spent years crafting new ways to increase the efficiency of their machine shops, looking for solutions to reduce machine down-time and manage grinding schedules to maximise output.

Australian grinding machine manufacturer Anca has introduced a tool for the smart factory, its new Management Suite for the company's range of tool grinders. According to Anca, it is a game changer for the CNC grinding industry, enabling customers to monitor the operational performance of their machines no matter where they are in the world, while also providing live production data to help them make informed operational improvements.

“We listened to what our customers needed to improve their grinding performance," Thomson Mathew, Anca software product manager, says. "They told us they wanted a smart factory concept where machines grind tools all day everyday with minimal intervention and the ability to remotely monitor machines for better intelligence on grinding performance and down-times.”

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“Imagine you have planned for your CNC grinding machines to run a long tool batch over the weekend," he continues. "One of your team is on alert to monitor production, keeping an eye on his or her phone or other device from home and is immediately alerted if there is a machine down. In the past, this person would have had to be on site all weekend - which is a cost to the business - or it would have resulted in lost productivity as the problem would only have been picked up when people returned on Monday to find the grinding had stopped in the afternoon on Saturday.”

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