What is a Shop Floor Data Collection System?

You rely on information to run your business; and better information allows you to make better decisions.   If you are like most manufacturers, important efficiency and downtime data from your machines is collected manually and entered into the system by a human operator.

It is very likely that this information is not as reliable as it could be.   The three common problems with manually collected data are untimeliness, inaccuracy, and bias.   Considering that this raw data forms the basis for all subsequent production reports - and that important decisions are made based on those reports - any problems with the initial data collection can start a ripple effect that results in a negative impact on your business.

Shop floor data can be collected from a variety of machines

ShopFloorConnect Asset Utilization Software and hardware automatically collect production data that is timely, accurate, and unbiased.   Best of all, it does it automatically, and in real time!

You Can't Improve What You Don't Measure

ShopFloorConnect is a state-of-the-art data collection package that is scalable and flexible.   ShopFloorConnect comes factory-configured to talk to the ShopFloorConnect Machine Interface over your existing Ethernet.

ShopFloorConnect Reports
ShopFloorConnect Machine Interface

ShopFloorConnect tracks uptime, downtime, the reasons for downtime, production rate, and piece part counts (when applicable).   Running ShopFloorConnect is like having a team of manufacturing engineers doing a detailed efficiency study of the entire factory - all the time. 

Shop Floor Data Collection Features

  • Displays the status of the shop floor in real-time in any web browser
  • Powerful Report Generator
  • Uses your existing Ethernet (including wireless)
  • Open architecture allows for communications with external software
  • Reports are customizable
  • Automatic report distribution
  • True thin-client.   All settings are accessible through the web browser

ShopFloorConnect Factory Viewer displays shop floor data in real time
Factory Viewer Equipment Summary

No Special Client Software is Needed

Many currently available data collection systems require you to install special software on all computers that need to access the shop floor production data.   This is not the case with ShopFloorConnect. If your computer has a web browser and email client, you have all you need to take full advantage of ShopFloorConnect capabilities - even from remote locations (provided you have remote access to your network).

ShopFloorConnect Schedule Interface

The scheduling interface feature in ShopFloorConnect allows you to create a queue of jobs to run in each machine.  You can either import a schedule from your existing ERP software, or use ShopFloorConnect's web browser interface to select the appropriate jobs and the quantity of parts required.   You may optionally enter a job number and/or due date for each job.

Once a schedule is created, ShopFloorConnect automatically sends the “next job” information to the Machine Interface   When it’s time to run the next job, the machine operator simply selects “Load Next Job” and the information, including the good parts counter preset, is retrieved from ShopFloorConnect.   The top item in the schedule is then automatically “consumed” and the queue moves up.

ShopFloorConnect predicts the completion time/date for each job in the queue with an industry-best algorithm that analyzes real-time as well as historical changeover and production data.   ShopFloorConnect alerts you whenever job completion is due to occur later than the due date.   The scheduling interface features a simple intuitive interface that allows you to edit job parameters and reposition jobs within the queue.

How Does ShopFloorConnect Differ From Other Data Collection Packages?
  • ShopFloorConnect is built from standard components that can be customized
  • It can communicate with virtually any production machine
  • It communicates with the machines via Ethernet (wired or wireless)
  • It uses the Microsoft SQL database - not Access
  • ShopFloorConnect will run on a virtual server (such as VMWare)
  • Shows real-time machine status in your web browser
  • No client installs
  • ShopFloorConnect supports multi-plant installations
  • Open architecture allows data exchange w/external systems
  • Automatically distributes/post reports