CIMCO MDC-Max is a real-time machine data collection system that
gives you instant reports and charts about your shop floor productivity.
In today's complex and competitive global markets, it is more
important than ever to maximize effective use of manufacturing
CIMCO MDC-Max provides powerful machine data collection and
analysis capabilities to make this task easier and gives you real
time reports including Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
All of this can be achieved without the need to place PC's
beside the machine tools - all the data can be collected by
cable, wireless or ethernet (network) and is stored centrally
even if you have multiple workshops to monitor.
CIMCO MDC-Max 6 integrates with the latest version of the most
trusted CNC-Communication software on the market -
Read more about MDC network solutions
Read more about CIMCO DNC-Max 6 here.
On a typical installation we fit one of our MDC units into the
machine control. This unit is wired into the 'Cycle start' and
'Parts counter' relays. Every time the machining cycle or the
parts counter signal is detected by the MDC unit a code is
sent back to the MDC-Max software. Because of the variety
of types of machine controls the monitored signals may vary
depending on customers requirements.
These codes are recorded in realtime on the computer system
and can be displayed immediately in a graphical format.
Setup with CIMCO MDC-Max connected wirelessly to machine(s) on the shop floor. A tablet is used for entering and sending downtime reason codes back to MDC-Max.
Setup with CIMCO MDC-Max connected wirelessly to machine(s) on the shop floor. Barcode reader is used for scanning and sending downtime reasons back to MDC-Max.
Read more about MDC network solutions
If a machine is not in production for some reason there are multiple solutions for notifying CIMCO MDC-Max. This can be done with a tablet, a mini PC with touch screen or a barcode reader where an Operator either chose the downtime reason on a tablet/touch screen or use a barcode reader to scan the appropriate downtime code.
The choice of using either a tablet, mini PC or barcode reader depends on the customer's specific setup and need.
Downtime reasons codes can be fully customized to your company such as:
- Waiting for Setter
- Waiting for Maintenance
- Waiting for Tooling
- Waiting for Material
- Waiting for ...
As MDC-Max records all this information you can then generate
reports to see how much production time has been lost due
to waiting for tooling etc.
The majority of companies only want to know if a particular machine is running and producing or if it's stopped. The basic data collection will produce charts to show the amount of time the machine has been in production and the amount of time allocated to downtime. It is then up to the supervisor to ask the operator why the machine was not running.
Basic Machine Data Collection
With Advanced Machine Data Collection we can provide accurate reporting of the machine tool efficiency on any job. We can show the total percentage of downtime for each type of machine stoppage such as Tooling, Setting and Machine Maintenance etc. This additional information is provided by the operator using a barcode reader or a touch screen. The operator simply scans a barcode or use the touch screen to indicate the reason for the machine downtime. This information can then pin point exactly what is causing a loss of production.
- Operator ID login
MDC-Max knows who is logged onto the machine
- Setter login
MDC-Max can separate out setting time for each job
- Maintenance ID login
MDC-Max can separate out maintenance from downtime
- Waiting for material
operator swipes this to say he is waiting for stores
- No job
there are no jobs waiting for the machine
- Scrap part
the last part was scrapped so remove it from the good part count
- Tool broken - the operator is waiting for a setter
Advanced Machine Data Collection
MDC-Max provides powerful machine data collection to automatically provide the information from your CNC machine tools to produce Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) reports. Worldwide studies indicate that the average OEE rate in manufacturing plants is 60%. A World Class OEE is considered to be 85% or better, clearly there is room for improvement in most manufacturing plants!
With over 100 available report templates you can easily display
your data to enable you to explore down to the appropriate level
to see exactly what is happening with your production schedules.
- Cycle Time per Part (min, max and average)
- Number of parts per shift / operator
- Number of scrapped parts
- Machine downtime
- Scheduled Maintenance
- Unscheduled maintenance
- Setup Time per part
- Operator effectiveness
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
- Realtime Machine Display
(see which machines are running at a glance)
CIMCO MDC-Max is fully integrated with CIMCO DNC-Max and CIMCO NC-Base giving
you a complete DNC, document gathering and Machine Data
Collection system from one supplier.
CIMCO MDC-Max 6
MDC-Max is the software which is responsible for collecting all
the machine tool data for in cycle and number of parts produced.
CIMCO DNC-Max 6
DNC-Max controls the sending and receiving of CNC programs
to your range of machine tools. Programs can be requested
from the machine control thus avoiding the operator having
to leave his machine. Any program changed by the operator
and sent back to DNC-Max can be automatically raised in version
or stored in a quarantine area. This gives you the ability to track
changes and revert back to any previous version if necessary
Read about CIMCO DNC-Max 6 here.
CIMCO NC-Base 6
The data collected by MDC-Max can be analysed immediately
by the NC-Base module to produce graphs and charts showing
you exactly what is happening with your production schedules.
NC-Base also allows you to store any documents related to a
particular job. These can be drawings, photographs of machine
setups, tool lists, operation sheets, CNC programs etc. This makes
finding any information about a particular job extremely easy.
Read more about CIMCO NC-Base 6 here.