When it comes to government, I don’t particularly want to know about the sausage-making—the bargaining, arguing, and deals made (and now almost always required) to get anything accomplished. I know reading about it would just infuriate me, because inside the beltway, at least, it seems that winning has become more important than governing.
When it comes to manufacturing, of course, I want to know all about the sausage-making—the details about what exactly is happening on the shop floor. And as was evident at Mazak Corp.’s Discover 2013 event in Florence, Ky., last week, so too do manufacturers.
The company had various machines on display, including the new fiber laser from Mazak Optonics. Mazak’s Kentucky factory (which uses several Mazak Optonics lasers, of course) is undergoing a significant expansion. Almost 200,000 square feet of space will open in the company’s milling and turning center manufacturing plant early next year. During this transformation, the company has connected many of its machines to what’s known as MTConnect, a data standard designed to foster interoperability between devices, essentially establishing an open channel of communication between machines, regardless of their brand. So if you want to know the uptime for certain machines or its cutting tool performance, you can use software compatible with this open standard to measure overall equipment effectiveness.