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How Machine Monitoring Works

If you are checking out this blog, chances are you’ve heard of the term machine monitoring. If not, here is a simple definition:

Machine monitoring is the process of connecting your machine to the internet to collect and interpret data.

But have you ever wondered how exactly it works and what steps are involved? How companies, such as FreePoint, can connect to machines and gather valuable data that can be shared, analyzed and reported on? In this article we are going to explore how the process of machine monitoring works and when done properly, can deliver an instant production boost.

Step #1 – Integration

The first step in machine monitoring is to connect your machine or equipment to the internet. With FreePoint, our black box technology allows companies to connect easily through WIFI, ethernet, USB and/or cellular.

Fun Fact!
At FreePoint, we are able to do something many other companies cannot – connect to both new and legacy machines. With our patent-pending technology, we can connect non-invasively to any machine. Non-invasive meaning that neither the machine nor its control system needs to be modified for the FreePoint system. A typical machine can be connected to the FreePoint system in less than an hour. The oldest machine we have connected thus far is a vertical machine built in 1914!

Step #2 – Data Transferred and Stored

Now that we are connected to the internet, it is time to transfer some data. Through the power of the net, data flows seamlessly from each connected machine to our secure remote server. By sending the data to our server, we are able to give you access to analytic tools, dashboards, report generators, and information distribution tools.

Step #3 – Data Displayed

The data from the machines can now be displayed throughout the plant on computers and TV monitors, cell phones and tablets. With FreePoint’s software, pre-made dashboards are readily available to use, but the customer also has the option to create custom dashboards to display a large range of information.

Step #4 – Production Increase

By displaying real-time data to your employees about the machines they are working on, you can expect efficiency to increase and production to go up.

Step #5 – Analyze

With the ability to see both real-time data as well as view historical reporting, plant managers and supervisors can analyze the data and make informed, profitable decisions.

Step #6 – More Production Increase!

With the ability to analyze machine performances and make data-driven decisions, production can be expected to increase again. Improved cycle times, accurate quoting, limited downtime and maintenance will all help your bottom line.

There you have it, that is how machine monitoring works in a nutshell. At FreePoint, we are dedicated to helping manufacturing companies improve their bottom line, engage their employees and bring modern technology to the plant floor. Through the power of the internet and our patent-pending technology, we are able to connect to any machine, giving you the tools you need to keep your manufacturing facility going strong.

Are you interested in implementing machine monitoring? Whether you just want to learn more, or are ready to begin the transition to industry 4.0 – reach out to us today!