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Using Sensors to Reduce Downtime Costs

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Nov 15, 2019 8:30:00 AM

City Plating is a metal finishing shop, specializing in electroplating zinc and zinc nickel alloy for the automotive industry. In business since 2001, and a Member of Manufacturing Works since 2004, City Plating currently has 15 employees working two shifts. With a plan to get back to three shifts, they're hiring.

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Topics: IIoT, Sensors, Manufacturing Efficiency, Machine Sensors, City Plating

Introducing Sensors and Real-Time Data into a Classic Business

Posted by Manufacturing Works on Oct 18, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Gotta Groove Records, a Manufacturing Works Member Since 2013, is a hidden treasure in Northeast Ohio. From its downtown Cleveland location, the company is celebrating ten years of serving the resurgent record album market as an innovative independent pressing plant. Featuring proprietary quality control and responsive service, Gotta Groove markets to artists and music distributors as the best choice for "When You Want Your Records Loud [Enough] But Your Vinyl Quiet."

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Topics: Sensors, Gotta Groove Records, Machine Sensors

IoT in a Job Shop. Really?

Posted by Ed Weston on Oct 17, 2018 11:40:30 AM

“If the machines are cutting, there’s a chance to make money.”  But how much are the machines in a job shop actually running?  How much uptime are you actually getting?  And how do you learn how to measure what you thought your capacity was compared to your actual capacity?

According to Andy McCartney, President of Willoughby’s Bowden Manufacturing, these are problems that have bugged him for 19 ½ years since he took over the company.  But, as he explained in recent Lunch n Learn, an investment a year ago in a new digital technology is providing him data that’s making a difference for his business.

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Topics: Manufacturing Events, Internet of Things, Cleveland Foundation, Technology, Bowden Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, MUT Technology, Sensors, Andrew McCartney

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