The plug & play machine monitoring system
Our MachineLink uses simple current clamps and powerful algorithms to recognise when your machine is in productive or unproductive state.
Compatible With Any Machine
Our MachineLink IIoT device can be easily and quickly self-installed on any manufacturing machine, regardless of brand, type or age.
No Large Upfront Install Costs
With a simple self-installation, there's no need for upfront installation costs or costly ongoing maintenance contracts.
Unlock Your Factory's Productivity With FourJaw Machine Monitoring Software.
- Downtime Reasons
- Live Data
Know your utilisation and OEE so you always know when things are going well (or not so well).
Improve Your OEE KPIs
FourJaw's manufacturing monitoring software provides a historical and real-time view of your factory floor. The intuitive dashboards and smart analytics platform enables you to improve factory performance and make informed decisions.
✔️ Intuitive exploration of key production metrics, such as machine utilisation and top downtime reasons help you improve your Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
✔️ See your top downtimes, per factory, cell or machine to improve your performance and availability goals.
Find out top reasons for machine downtime, by factory, cell, or machine. Take action where it matters most.
Empower Your Machine Operators
The goal of machine monitoring is to drive efficiency, our technology enables machine operators get more out of their machines and production lines, making their life easier.
✔️ Automatically track activity status. After 5-minutes (by default but can be customised) of the machine being inactive, operators are prompted to provide a downtime reason.
✔️ Allows operators to label reasons for downtime at their machines, so that Production Managers can understand where efficiencies can be made to meet your OEE goals.
View an at-a-glance summary of how production is progressing in real-time, allowing you to take immediate actions to improve.
Real-Time Production Data
FourJaw's Livestream view provides a real-time dashboard for machine monitoring, by factory, cell or machine.
✔️ View an at-a-glance summary of how production is progressing in real-time, allowing you to take immediate actions to improve.
✔️ Downtimes and machine active times per work order.
Improve speed of communication. Alert production managers based on tailored event triggers that are important to your operations.
Install the MachineLink in 3 Easy Steps
Simply supply power to the FourJaw MachineLink IoT device (Machine monitoring hardware), then attach a sensor to your machine’s power cable.
Connect To WiFi
Connect the MachineLink (machine monitoring hardware) to your Factory's WiFi network.
Log in to the secure FourJaw Web App (machine monitoring software) and data from your factory will start to pull into the platform within a few minutes**.
FourJaw Machine Monitoring Software
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.
FourJaw’s manufacturing analytics platform provides a fast payback period with a return on investment typically achieved in months, not years.
Drive Productivity, Gain Capacity and Grow Profitability.
Improve your factory’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with our plug & play manufacturing monitoring software, designed to make your factory's production lines as efficient, productive and sustainable as possible.
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.
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Zero-Commitment Monthly Subscription
No Installation Costs
ROI in Weeks, Not Months
Order to Installation in 2 Days
Can be Installed in Minutes
Works on Any Machine, Regardless of Age or Brand
Regular Security & Feature Updates Included
Zero-Commitment Monthly Subscription
No Installation Costs
ROI in Weeks, Not Months
Order to Installation in 2 days
Instantly Works on Any Machine
Security & Feature Updates Included
Installation Takes Minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can Machine Monitoring Improve Productivity & Machine Utilisation?
Machine monitoring provides manufacturers with full factory floor visibility of how well machines are being utilised, by showing the machine downtime,uptimes 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%.
Does FourJaw machine monitoring work on old machines?
Yes. Our machine monitoring platform was specifically designed to make machine monitoring accessible to manufacturers of all shapes and sizes, which of course 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.
Can Machine monitoring help reduce energy usage?
Although not originally designed to monitor energy usage, FourJaw's machine monitoring software does now 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.
Is plug-and-play machine monitoring software expensive?
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.
What data does FourJaw machine monitoring capture?
FourJaw starts with utilisation data in its simplest form. The specially designed MachineLink hardware is a combination of miniature computer and current clamps. These two current clamps 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 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 machines is not in its productive state.
How does FourJaw capture Machine Downtime Data?
Downtime reasons are inputted by the operator of the machine via a tablet which is installed beside the operator.
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 downtime or even post downtime if required.
Does FourJaw machine monitoring platform capture work booking and job data?
Yes it does.
Work 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.
I already monitor Work order times, Ops times and setup times, why is this different?
As a manufacturer, it's highly 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.
What is production monitoring?
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 capacity and overall drive performance and profitability.