CNC machine downtime monitoring

Real story: Downtime at shift change eliminated – revenue up by Rs. 40,000 pm per machine.

Downtime due to late starting and early stopping was 3 hours a day14 % of available time.
Completely eliminated after CNC machine downtime monitoring was started through Leanworx.     

Revenue gain: Rs. 40,000 per month per machine, Rs. 15,60,000  per month for all machines.

CNC machine downtime monitoring

About the Leanworx user

Automobile parts manufacturer with 39 CNC machines connected to Leanworx. Machines are turning centers, VMCs, HMCs. Works 3 shifts of 8 hours each: 6 AM-2PM, 2PM-10PM, 10PM-6AM. Average machine hour rate Rs. 500.

Before Leanworx CNC machine downtime monitoring

Before the CNC machine monitoring system was implemented, in every shift the production started late and ended early. The highest downtimes were at the end of the 2nd shift, and start and end of the 3rd shift. The average downtime was 1 hour per shift, effectively reducing the production capacity by a factor of 1/8.

After Leanworx

After machine downtime monitoring was started, the downtime dropped by about 25 % on its own, without any action, 2 days after Leanworx was connected to all machines. In 3 weeks the downtime reduced to less than 5 minutes per shift. Production quantities increased proportionately, by 12 %.

How did the transformation happen ?

Leanworx has a special feature for CNC machine downtime monitoring at the start and end of every shift, and shows this as a separate report. Each day’s report was emailed to the shop head the next morning.

After a couple of weeks of quiet observation, the report from the downtime monitoring for the previous day was printed every day, for all machines. This was put on the shop notice board every morning. Everybody now knew everybody else’s shift change downtime. It became difficult for people to continue with what was basically poor work ethics.

Here is a report from a machine being monitored by Leanworx machine downtime monitoring, that shows downtime at shift change for a machine that works 3 shifts of 8 hours each, with meal and tea breaks totaling 50 minutes in each shift. The report shows a total downtime of 18 hours for 3 shifts over 6 days, which means 3 hours per day. That’s a HUGE 14% of the available time. Also, notice that 14.5 hours of the 18, or 80%, are in just shift 2 and 3.

Firm and machine names have been changed to protect the identity of the firm.

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