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Page 24 of 67 23 with a single, cloud-based tool for production scheduling, job tracking and CNC machine monitoring, CAM programmers can gain insight into how CNC machines are actually performing, cross-referencing feeds and speeds to validate machining time, tracking setup times against part programs and seeing how utilization rates are affected by various parameters within an NC program. This information helps identify issues and leads to better tool paths and subsequent NC programs. Maintenance engineers can view reports of CNC faults or warnings that pop up across machines. From this data, they could understand the need to schedule a machine for maintenance if a warning repeatedly arises. The produc- tion schedulers can begin to iteratively optimize their estimated schedules based on data that shows how long jobs take to complete or how long a par- ticular NC program takes to run. This means their future schedules will be a better representation of what is happen- ing on the shop floor. There is potential to deliver a great deal of value to your shop by unifying your production and creating closed- loop feedback, all in parallel with the benefits of cloud computing. The ben- efits add up to measurable competitive advantages, including: • Higher speed: Fewer or faster rework loops let your shop ship more parts faster. In many situations, speed is a higher priority than cost. • Higher efficiency: Together, better utilization of machines and better optimization of production schedules enables your shop to achieve higher throughput with less effort. • Higher quality: Knowing the details of scrap rates creates opportunities for your shop to resolve problems earlier and apply successes broadly to increase the overall yield of quality. • Higher profitability: Less scrap reduces costs, while improved efficiency and throughput help your shop manage higher workloads and serve more customers. The value of connecting your manufacturing data collection and integration of various software tools cannot be understat- ed. The more data that you collect now, the more opportunities your shop will have to realize improvements that increase your margins, even if your approach is limited in scope. CONTRIBUTOR Sanjay Thakore is a product marketing manager for Autodesk. FOR MORE INFORMATION Autodesk ACC-CHiQ Series Double Column Grinders deliver a new degree of accuracy and efficiency for demanding mold and die-base production grinding, and other rigorous large component grinding applications. S U R F A C E ▲ I N T E R N A L ▲ C Y L I N D R I C A L ▲ U N I V E R S A L Machine shown with options HIGH CAPACITY High-Tech Grinding GRIND-BIX High Productivity Coolant System ■ Ultra-rigid, heavy-duty double column design and construction ■ 40" x 80" grinding stroke allows simultaneous grinding of two 40" x 40" mold sections ■ Easy-to-use Okamoto iQ Touch Screen Control ■ 30hp spindle motor (Ø20" x 4" x 5" wheel) ■ Double-V slideways ■ Shift-Plunge Cycle for fast efficient stock removal ■ Multi-level grinding capability ■ Available GRIND-BIX High Productivity Coolant System Value-driven performance features: Okamoto Corporation Visit us at North Hall, Booth 236834

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