OPTIMAL PATH SYSTEM | “GPS FOR THE MACHINIST”

Solve the machinist shortage and increase CNC machine uptime

    The Optimal Path System (OPS) matches live machine data with CNC programs in order to optimally plan the activities of machinists on the shop floor.

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    OPS suggests where to go and when, in the same way GPS shows the fastest way through traffic.

    What could you do with greater workforce organisation?

    ON THE SHOP FLOOR

    Assign a machinist to several CNC machines

    On a tablet or TV screen, the operator sees a timeline for each program running. Like with GPS, it’s clear where to go next.

    Machinists using the JITbase Optimal Path System on a tablette to optimize productivity
    Timeline of machinist activities prioritized by the JITbase Optimal Path System (OPS)

    ON THE SHOP FLOOR

    Human intuition has limits

    A machinist instinctively goes to the first machine that stops, but this is not always optimal.

    OPS continuously calculates in real-time what should happen in the production to maximize CNC machine uptime.

    Knowing the future, the algorithms find the optimal sequence of events and guide the machinist on the shop floor to the next machine that requires manual intervention (setup, tool change, check insert, etc.)

    ON THE SHOP FLOOR

    More uptime, less operator stress

    OPS uses algorithms to calculate the optimal sequence of actions for the machinist. It adapts to delays, reworks and to the start of new programs. A machinist using OPS can better plan his breaks or other jobs during Lights-Out operations.

    Being proactive, the machinist always knows which decisions will increase CNC uptime.

    Optimal Path System interface with coloured oeprations indicating CNC machine status and pointing where the machinst should go next
    Spindle load indicator in the JITbase interface. The machinist can leave and carry out other tasks while the machine runs without risk

    ON THE SHOP FLOOR

    Safely leave the machine running

    “I don’t want the machinist to leave one machine for another, what if something goes wrong? The whole part is scrapped…”

    With OPS, the machinist sees the spindle load for all running CNC machines. He can safely walk away from lights-out operations to manage other CNC machines, while keeping an eye on all the spindle loads.

    In the case of an unplanned stop during a lights-out operation, the machinist is alerted immediately so he can take action ASAP and not lose productivity.

    FOR THE METHODS DEPT.

    CNC programmers aim for more lights-out

    With a record of completed programs, CNC programmers can spot downtime and find ways to reduce planned stops (M0).

    CNC program report comparing estimated and real time in order to reduce planned stops and continually improve production
    Compare estimated time with real time. To improve CNC programs, a programmer needs to know the time spent on each task. With JITbase, each instruction (Lights-Out, Planned Stop or Stay-On-Machine) is recorded and shown visually in order to help find opportunities to improve.
    Interface that helps improve communication between machinists on the shop floor and the methods department. Notes help resolve problems more quickly

    FOR THE METHODS DEPT.

    Improve communication between the shop floor and the methods department

    CNC programs evolve over time based on machinist experience and feedback. Real-time insight helps speed up this process. Programmers can ask the machinist why he skipped a planned stop or why there’s a delay. Unnecessary planned stops can be removed to increase CNC machine availability.

    Digitize your shop floor

    The JITbase IIoT solution is secure and easy to implement.

    Collect

    CNC data is encrypted and streamed to JITbase in the cloud where is it kept safe.

    Visualize

    JITbase is accessible over the internet at any time. This means you can display your data on a shop-floor TV screen, a computer or tablet at home.

    Optimize

    The JITbase system optimally organizes production and human resources for a quick ROI.

    The JITbase Databridge is easily connected to CNC machines, providing a quick path to Industry 4.0
    The JITbase Databridge connects directly to CNC controllers with standard communications protocols. It takes about an hour.

    Benefits start on the shop floor, but spread throughout the company

    Improve machinist dedication

    By assigning more responsibility

    Optimize limited resources

    Both human and machine

    Empower your workforce

    Expertise through pertinent feedback

    Efficient CNC programs

    Adapt quickly and fine-tune programs

    Minimize human intervention

    More lights-out operations

    Reduce CNC idle time

    OPS suggests the optimal sequence

    Solve the machinist shortage

    Machinists manage more CNC machines

    Better use of equipment

    Maximize your overall equipment effectiveness

    Increase machine uptime

    Produce more with existing resources

    Deliver on time

    Become reputable for respecting deadlines

    Case study

    JITbase is helping Leesta increase its machine uptime

    “All machine-monitoring solutions out there show you how bad your production is. OPS is the tool to improve it.”
    Kyryll Zaytsev, continuous improvement manager at Leesta

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