Improve Factory Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability
Improve your factory’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with our plug & play machine monitoring software, designed to make your factory's production lines as efficient, productive and sustainable as possible.
Our machine monitoring software monitors and reports on a production machine’s downtime. By capturing the downtime reasons, the information shows how efficient (sustainable) a machine, cell or factory is by measuring the machine utilisation. Our dashboard then visualises this data to give you the top reasons for your machine downtime and the ability to benchmark your data so you can identify trends and take proactive steps to improve your factory's productivity.
After installing FourJaw in their factory, we’ve helped manufacturing businesses throughout the UK to:
✔️ Resolve production matters quicker
✔️ Locate bottlenecks on their production line
✔️ Improve the efficiency of current resources including machine, time and energy usage
✔️ Improve their performance and availability OEE goals
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Monitor ANY Machine
Unlock your factory's productivity with FourJaw Machine monitoring software.
See and improve your OEE KPIs
✔️ 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.
See what your factory is doing, at any time
✔️ 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.
Empower your operators
✔️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 you OEE goals.
FourJaw Works On Any Machine, Regardless Of Age, Brand Or Model
HOW IT WORKS IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS*
Simply supply power to the FourJaw MachineLink IoT device, then attach a sensor to your machine’s power cable.
Connect To WiFi
Connect the MachineLink hardware to your shop-floor WiFi network. (We can preconfigure the MachineLink hardware with your WiFi details prior to dispatching them).
Log in to the secure FourJaw web app and data from your shop floor will start to pull into the platform within a few minutes**.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How Can Machine Monitoring Improve Our Productivity & Machine Utilisation?
Machine monitoring provides manufacturers with full shop floor visibility of how well machines are being utilised, by showing the machine downtime and uptimes. With the FourJaw machine monitoring platform, operatives can categorise the reasons for the downtimes so shop 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. So you can turn your 50-year-old machine into a 'smart machine', helping you to understand how productive your machines are.
- Can Machine monitoring software help me (my factory) reduce my energy usage?
Although not specifically designed to reduce energy usage, machine monitoring software can help factories reduce their energy usage indirectly and therefore become more efficient and sustainable.
Because our machine monitoring software reports on your machine utilisation, by machine, cell or factory, the data allows you to see when a machine is being run but doesn't need to be, i.e. wasting energy. By identifying 'negative machine downtime' we have helped a number of manufacturers reduce their production costs, thanks to the data insight FourJaw machine monitoring provided.
- 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 the pricing plans we offer here.
- What machine utilisation data does FourJaw machine monitoring capture?
FourJaw starts with utilisation data in it's 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 can be inputted straight away, during the downtime or even post the 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. I