Simplify Data with FourJaw Machine Monitoring
We're the operational tool that enables factories to become more efficient, sustainable and profitable.
On average, our customers see an uplift of between 15 and 20% increase in productivity, enabling them to make more products with the same level of resources.
Connect any type of machine on your factory floor using our plug-and-play manufacturing analytics platform to understand where you can unlock productivity, save energy and increase production capacity.
Benefits Of Machine Monitoring Software With FourJawTake control, drive efficiency and increase productivity and sustainability of your factory floor.
Traditional Machine Monitoring Vs Cloud-Based Machine Monitoring
Move over traditional machine monitoring solutions. We’re on a mission to make access to machine monitoring as affordable and accessible as possible.
How It works
The MachineLink Hardware uses sensors and powerful algorithms to recognise when the machine is in a productive or unproductive state.
The Operator Tablet automatically prompts operators to select downtime reasons, shows performance through a shift, enables work booking and can be used as a communication platform.
The Web App visualises your factory floor data, so you can manage your operations on a day-by-day basis as well as provide actionable insight into where productivity and energy improvements can be achieved.
Plug & play IoT hardware
mounted to machine
on desktop or mobile
Know What good looks like
Data without context is just data. Understand what 'good' looks like in your factory using key productivity metrics such as machine utilisation and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) so you always know when things are going well (or not so well).
- See key production metrics, such as machine utilisation and top downtime reasons to inform your continuous improvement efforts and hit your production KPIs
- See your top downtimes, per factory, cell or machine to improve your performance and availability goals
PRIORITISE PRODUCTION ISSUES
Find out top reasons for machine downtime, by factory, cell, or machine. Take action where it matters most based on the top-loss Pareto chart.
- Understand top downtime reasons
- Change production processes to gain efficiency
- Create custom machine downtime categories to suit your business
- Allocate resources more effectively
- Improve machine productivity
Live Data Dashboard
View an at-a-glance summary of how production is progressing in real-time, allowing you to take immediate actions to improve.
- View an at-a-glance summary of production performance
- Enables supervisors to make quicker, more informed decisions
- See downtimes and machine active times per work order
Improve the speed of your communication. Alert production managers based on tailored event triggers most important to your operations.
- Notify the right people at the right time
- Improve communication
- Proactively manage production issues as they arise
- Continuously improve processes
- Reduce the likelihood of future issues
TRUSTED BY MANUFACTURERS
AN OPERATIONAL TOOL TO INFORM YOUR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY
We work with manufacturers to support their continuous improvement and lean manufacturing programs, by providing the right information so that informed decisions can be made to continually improve their processes.
Essential£37.50/mo Per machine - Billed monthly
Standard£75.00/mo Per machine - Billed monthly
Frequently Asked Questions
A machine monitoring system is a tool that plugs into your machine and is designed to collect raw production data. The data that the system collects information on may include:
- Machine downtime
- Energy usage
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), to name a few
This data insight can then be used by machine operators and production managers to identify areas for improvement so that they can make informed, incremental tweaks to improve overall capacity and output. These actions eventually lead to more efficient manufacturing processes which in turn will improve profitability.
Machine monitoring provides manufacturers with full factory floor visibility of how well-utilised machines are by showing the machine downtime, uptime and continuous event monitoring.
With the FourJaw machine monitoring platform, operatives can categorise the reasons for the downtimes, so factory floor managers get a clear picture of how productive the machines are. Here's a useful case study that shows how a manufacturer improved their machine utilisation by 400%.
Yes. Our machine monitoring platform was specifically designed to make machine monitoring accessible to manufacturers of all shapes and sizes. This meant we designed our platform to work with any type of machine, regardless of age, brand or model. With FourJaw, you can turn your 50-year-old machine into a 'smart machine', helping you to understand how productive your machines are.
Yes. FourJaw's machine monitoring software can provide energy usage data combined with machine productivity data to help factories reduce their energy usage, energy costs and carbon footprint.
You can find out more about FourJaw's energy monitoring feature here.
No. Unlike traditional machine monitoring solutions, we designed our machine monitoring platform to be accessible. Not only did we make it easy to install (minimising disruption to your shop floor), but we also made it affordable.
We offer monthly payment plans and you can install it yourself, so there are no high upfront installation costs often associated with traditional machine monitoring solutions. Find out more about our machine monitoring software prices.
FourJaw starts with utilisation data in its simplest form. The specially designed MachineLink IoT hardware gets the machine utilisation data via two sensors that are attached to the machine's power cables.
These sensors are typically attached to the total power incomer of the machine and the main drive unit, for example, a spindle motor of a CNC machine.
This raw data is recorded every second and sent to our secure Azure cloud platform. The data is then instantly built into chunks of running and not-running data, typically over 20-second periods, which is then displayed and categorised throughout the FourJaw's w platform.
What this provides is a very accurate measure of when the productive part of the machine experiences load and when it does not. Applied to this data is FourJaw's Machine Learning program which automatically classifies the data into productive/active and idle/inactive time. This means warm-up runs and free air cycles are classed as idle time in the case of a CNC machine as the machine is not in its productive state.
Downtime reasons are inputted by the operator of the machine via a tablet which is installed beside the operator's machine.
Each tablet is paired with a machine via the same FourJaw portal running on a Chrome browser.
When the MachineLink hardware, detailed above, measures a set period of idle time a pop-up appears on the platform asking the user to log why the period of idle time has occurred.
This information can be inputted straight away, during the machine downtime period or even post-downtime period if required.
Yes, it does. Works order information can be inputted manually or directly imported from a .CSV file.
This data includes the WO number, operations, machine names, estimated job time and start dates.
As with all parts of the FourJaw platform, this data is combined with the downtime and utilisation data to provide meaningful and actionable insights into your production process.
As a manufacturer, it's likely, you'll already be monitoring work order times, Ops times and setup times, of course, this is all useful, however, it does not give you the big picture.
For instance, it doesn't identify and inform you of what improvements can be made to improve shop floor productivity.
Machine monitoring differs because it will give you real-time, actionable shop floor data such as:
- Top 5 downtimes, per factory, cell or machine
- Pareto plots
- Average setup time per part
- Downtimes and machine active times per work order
This information can be used to take decisions based on fact and not opinion.
Production monitoring systems are designed to record production and machine performance in real-time. This information can then be used to drive OEE, strategise, increase production capacity and overall drive performance and profitability.
Download our helpful guide for more information about increasing your factory’s output: How To Increase Manufacturing Production Capacity.