“Therefore, it isn’t surprising that the average age of machine tools used by Top Shops is only 7 years versus 9 years for other shops, as leading shops either add new equipment to increase capacity or replace older machines with fresh models. While not all shops track this metric, more might start to, given the advancements in sensor and equipment monitoring technologies and application of concepts such as the Internet of Things and MTConnect (the Web-based manufacturing connectivity standard for gathering and sharing data from machine tools and other manufacturing equipment). In describing the sequence of steps to achieve in a takt, standardized work is a great tool to learn the proper sequence, and then spot problems in the way we currently do things (if we can’t get the job done with the target cycle time, if we don’t do the operations in the correct sequence, etc.); which then highlights the opportunities for kaizen In a machine shop or process flow environment, the issues are different, and the first question to solve is how to direct the attention of operators in large, complex and demanding areas. Another very important part of running a machine shop is automation, www.intellidrives.com is our choice for robotic XYZ systems.”
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