GE Fanuc's miView machine intelligence solution improves efficiency and eliminates waste in machine tool applications

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has announced the availability of miView, a comprehensive machine intelligence solution designed to provide companies with accurate and unbiased data automatically to help teams improve the efficiency of their processes and eliminate waste.

miView is an out-of-the-box solution designed for machine tools, providing extensive connectivity to current and future equipment that can help users begin to collect insightful information right away. It is a web-based application that allows the information to be accessed freely anywhere on the network, without per-user licensing, and provides comprehensive data collection from GE Fanuc, FANUC, Siemens and the other third-party CNCs integrated into new and existing machine tools. It uses the best connectivity solution available for each machine type to maximize the value of the data collected.

Unlike traditional data collection systems, miView is designed for the data and user requirements of machine tools. Unlike in-house solutions used by many smaller shops, miView is completely expandable and supportable for long-term viability.

Manufacturers typically increase production capacity by duplicating existing machines that are only being utilized to 30-40% of their effectiveness. Using miView, companies will minimize downtime and optimize machining cycle times generating additional production capacity. By uncovering this hidden capacity in the factory, more products can be produced with the same or fewer assets, and Return on Total Capital (ROTC) can be increased for a sustainable advantage in the marketplace.

miView collects information on spindle utilization for every part produced on each machine, capturing how much of the cycle time the equipment is actually in cutting mode. This provides insight into the efficiency of CAM system post-processors, identifying potential optimization. It uncovers discrepancies between different machines producing the same part — information that may be useful when considering shop loading or future machine purchases. Variations by machine or by shift can also be evaluated for best practices or for process improvement. And it provides information to evaluate the profitability of each job for each customer.

In addition, miView can assist maintenance teams with real-time machine status and escalating alerts to ensure faster response to equipment downtime. The top 10 problems of a machine or group of machines can be identified and permanent corrective actions can be implemented. Historical information and analysis empowers maintenance personnel with the information to create effective preventative maintenance programs to minimize unplanned downtime, especially on critical assets.

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