What happens if a stack light goes red and no one is there to see it? (Stack lights are also known as “andon”, “patrol”, beacon” or “tower” lights.) No, you’re not back in philosophy 101, this is a real manufacturing world issue. What happens? Valuable production time is lost.
This is where Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights helps you- we give those lights range beyond the production floor. For instance, when the red light comes on and stays on for a period of time (you set the interval), the monitor sends out a text message or email alert to whomever you’ve designated should be alerted. Of course, you can configure alerts based on the other lights too.
The Smart Lights monitor also keeps track of the machine’s lights over time and sends out automatic machine utilization summaries according to the schedule and type of report that best suits you. You could get a simple report showing % of time producing vs. % of time the machine was down. Or receive a line graph detailing the run time, operator interruption and alarm over the course of a job.
What’s the ROI?
How many hours of production will it take to recoup the $360 Smart Lights investment? Notifications are the easier math problem so let’s start here.
If you run unattended, the investment can be recovered in just one or two events- often the first weekend!
But what if you only run when staffed? Even here, the downtime minutes shaved when an operator had his back turned or was otherwise occupied, add up over time. Consider a hypothetical scenario.
Give those lights range beyond the production floor!
Lets say your shop rate is $100/hour and the shop runs 40 hours/week. You then need to recover 216 minutes of production time to pay for the monitor. If the text message alerts helped you recoup an average of just 2 minutes of production per day- the monitor will have paid for itself in less than 6 months.
But how do you get 2 minutes (or more) back in a day? Use alerts to coordinate the team. Could a supervisor receive the alert if the machine goes down during the operator’s normal lunch time; perhaps gaining back 10 minutes of production right there? What if an operator is having trouble fixing a problem? Use an alert to watch for that condition and send a message to another team member or supervisor- calling for assistance after a few minutes rather then whenever the next the supervisor happens to walks.
Basically, what’s the scenario where you say, ‘if we only knew 10 minutes ago … ‘? Target those scenarios and the increased production time will come rolling in.
Machine utilization reports are also very helpful in reducing downtime. These reports drive conversations between executives, supervisors and operators so that you identify and solve causes of downtime.
The reports can also help you evaluate how well jobs performed. By comparing actual performance against quoted expectations, you can get rid of lame duck jobs (or bid them higher next time) and target jobs that work with you shop’s strengths.
Another big plus of the the Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights system is how simple it is to install and use. Smart Light is not intrusive to your machine. That is, you don’t need to stop production or access the machine controls to install it. Nor do you need to hire a machine service technician.
- Strap the lightstack reader to the machine’s existing stack lights.
- Plug the hardware in (120VAC).
In the app:
- Calibrate the inputs according to your lights. (We walk you through this in the guide that comes with your order.)
- Enter your contacts*
- Setup alerts as needed*
- Setup reports as needed*
*These are simple step-by-step paths within the app.
Your machine’s signal (or tower) lights convey to you key information about your machine. Use Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights to help that information go beyond the room and reach the right person at the right time– no matter where they are.
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