An information technology framework was developed for the architectural sheet metal industry where none had existed in the past. The framework defined a complete set of objects for the industry, which facilitates raw material optimization and job definition. The framework also defines a protocol for exchanging information among a variety of machine tools and manufacturing execution system (MES) level application. Significant reduction of scrap and cycle time has been documented. Factory Right and MetalForming Inc were the primary technical driver of the framework external to Georgia Tech. Jorns, Krasser, Schehtl, Schleback and Quadro Cinco also assisted in the development.
As regulations for electronic medical devices increases, the need to capture data associated with the devices also increases. Through this project, software was developed that interfaced with PLCs that controlled medical device fabrication equipment. The software generates CAMX standard messages and publishes the messages to Jabil’s Shop Floor Monitoring enterprise application. Jabil Circuit is one of the largest independent suppliers of turnkey manufacturing services for circuit board assemblies, subsystems and systems.
A new set of Kitamura Mills was installed at Curtiss-Wright Shelby plant. Software was developed that interfaced to the machines and implemented an MTConnect interface so engineers can optimize the productivity of the machines. The Curtiss-Wright Corporation is an American-based, global diversified product manufacturer and service provider for the commercial, industrial, defense, and energy markets.
Software based upon the MTConnect standard was developed to allow machine tools to report various parameters to the Boeing enterprise dashboard. The dashboard allows Boeing engineers to easily view machine statistics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The Boeing Company supported this work through the Boeing Manufacturing Initiative.