A Truly Integrated Solution
MDC-Max is fully integrated with DNC-Max and NC-Base
giving you a complete DNC, document gathering and
Machine Data Collection system from one supplier.
What is MDC-Max?
MDC-Max is a real-time software machine tool data collection system that gives you instant reports and charts about your shop floor productivity. MDC-Max makes your decisions easy as they will be based on accurate data collected from your cnc machine tools.
In today's complex and competitive global markets, it is more important than ever to maximise effective use of manufacturing equipment.
MDC-Max provides powerful machine data collection and analysis capabilities to make this task easier and gives you real time reports including Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
All of this can be achieved without the need to place PC’s beside the machine tools - all the data can be collected by cable, wireless or ethernet (network) and is stored centrally even if you have multiple workshops to monitor.
MDC-Max is a ground breaking product, written specifically for Windows 32 and 64 bit operating systems and takes advantage of the latest networking and wireless technologies.
MDC-Max helps to improve your decision making by giving you realtime feedback with answers to your manufacturing problems.
Reports and Graphs
With over 100 available report templates you can easily display your data to enable you to explore down to the appropriate level to see exactly what is happening with your production schedules.
SMS - Messaging
Out of the factory - no problem when a machine has a breakdown you will know immediately by text message delivered automatically to your mobile phone. At the same time the text can be sent to a machine setter or maintenance engineer so the problem can be dealt with immediately. You will be back into production quicker and meet those tight delivery schedules.
VPN – Technology (Virtual Private Network)
VPN allows you to log into the MDC-Max server from your PC via the internet. Your computer then displays what is happening on the remote MDC-Max server. This is just like being sat in front of the MDC-Max server itself.
You can then run any part of the MDC-Max reporting software remotely and see the charts and graphs of your machine shop productivity immediately.
Each machine can be fitted with a webcam so you can see the machine running. In the event of a machine break down this can give you some idea what has caused the problem. You can then make a decision if it requires an operator or setter to correct the problem. Extremely useful if you want to run your machines in a “Lights Out” mode.
Many shop floor staff are suspicious of monitoring systems as they see it as “big brother” watching them trying to get them to work harder. However MDC can actually benefit the staff by highlighting problems that have been apparent to them for some time but have been unable to convince management of the problem.
I would like to install MDC but know there will be resistance from the shop floor.
We installed MDC at a company that was not hitting production targets and the production manager was being pushed to increase production. He had already reported problems with several of the machines that made it impossible to hit the targets but nothing had been done. Two weeks after installation the production manager sat down with the MD and the MDC figures showed conclusively that 2 machines were indeed causing the backlog in production.
The machines in question were bar fed machines and the company had switched to a cheaper material supplier but the bars were constantly sticking and jamming the machines causing lost production. MDC highlighted this problem and the company changed back to their original supplier and are now hitting their production targets.
How it Works
On a typical installation we fit one of our MDC units into the machine control. This unit is wired into the Cycle start and Parts counter relays. Every time the machining cycle or the parts counter signal is detected by the MDC unit a code is sent back to the MDC-Max software. These codes are recorded in realtime on the computer system and can be displayed immediately in a graphical format.
Because of the variety of types of machine controls the monitored signals may vary depending on customers requirements.
If a machine is not in production for any reason the operator can scan a barcode to let the MDC-Max system know why the machine is stopped. These codes can be customised to suit your company but typical barcodes would be for the following reasons.
As MDC-Max records all this information you can then produce reports to see how much production time has been lost due to say waiting for tooling.
Basic Machine Data Collection
The majority of companies only want to know if a particular machine is running and producing or if it’s stopped. The basic data collection will produce charts to show the amount of time the machine has been in production and the amount of time allocated to downtime. It is then up to the supervisor to ask the operator why the machine was not running.
Advance Machine Data Collection
With Advanced Machine Data Collection we can provide accurate reporting of the machine tool efficiency on any job. We can show the total percentage of downtime for each type of machine stoppage such as Tooling, Setting and Machine Maintenance etc. This additional information is provided by the operator using a barcode reader. The operator simply scans a barcode to indicate the reason for the machine downtime. This information can then pin point exactly what is causing a loss of production.