Machine Monitoring Helps Protect Margins And Grow Capacity
You've quoted based on expenses for parts, procedures, labour, tooling, and materials. Don't gamble on the delivery.
FourJaw machine monitoring enables you to deliver on time and on budget.
Achieving 100% machine utilisation with FourJaw
Watch Now and learn how this sub-contract manufacturer benefited from FourJaw's machine monitoring platform, including:
- Machine Utilisation Increase - hitting a record of 100% utilisation
- Understanding the true time a job takes
- Being able to quote more accurately to improve profitability
- Driving a friendly, competitive culture across the shop floor
- Supporting a culture of Continuous Improvement
- Making informed commercial decisions when investing in people and machines
Offset supply chain and inflationary pressures
Contract manufacturers often feel the brunt of supply chain and inflationary pressures sooner than OEMs, you've fixed a price, waited for the quote to be accepted and then you find out material costs have gone up.
We know protecting your margins is critical so you can remain competitive. FourJaw machine monitoring enables you to offset supply change and economic pressures by enabling you to get more out of your shop floor machines.
Using FourJaw's software and analytics platform, you can reduce unplanned machine downtime, increasing efficiency and production capacity, reducing the cost of goods produced which in turn increases profitability.
Drive Productivity Gain Capacity Grow Profitability
Plug & Play machine monitoring software is opening up a world of possibilities for contract manufacturers.
FourJaw machine monitoring enables contract manufacturers to transform their shop floor by unlocking productivity & capacity, improving communication and culture and empowering decision-making.
Drive Growth & Understanding
By monitoring and analysing machine data, FourJaw will enable you and your machine operators to make your machines run productively and profitably. Our intuitive and advanced reporting enables factory managers to make informed commercial and operational decisions to drive growth
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FourJaw Works On Any Manufacturing Machine
Regardless of age, brand or model.
HOW IT WORKS IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS*
Simply supply power to the IoT device, then attach a sensor to your machine’s power cable.
Connect To WiFi
Connect the hardware to your shop-floor WiFi network.
Login to the app and start identifying and eliminating inefficiencies.
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 and uptimes.
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. 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 help reduce 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 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
Which contract manufacturing machines can use FourJaw?
FourJaw's advanced machine monitoring solution is designed for use on all types of manufacturing equipment and is suitable for contract manufacturers of all sizes.
Contract manufacturers typically use our analytics software on:
- CNC Lathe
- CNC Turning
- CNC Milling
- Oxy-fuel cutting machines
- Laser Cutting
- Waterjet Cutting
- Plasma Cutting