Machine interface enhances data-collection capabilities

October 11, 2008

Honeywell Wintress offers the LETS Machine Interface (LMI), an operator terminal that enables information to be collected from production machines and fed to the company's Line Efficiency Tracking Software (LETS).

Installing and connecting one or more LMIs to LETS allows users to feed production data to ERP or manufacturing execution systems (MES) software, schedule automatic generation of production and overall equipment efficiency (OEE) reports, and view machine status in real time.

The LMI comes with a built-in RJ-45 connector to facilitate connection to the Ethernet. The unit has a 5.6-in. color touchscreen designed to provide easy access to programming functions. Users can select the data to be collected, which includes parts count and preset, scrap count, machine idle time, and downtime reasons. Collected data can be identified by job number, tool number, and/or part number. Operator number also can be captured.

Users can create up to 32 downtime reason codes and control the order in which downtime reasons display on the terminal. To ensure that major downtime events are captured, the LMI can be set to prevent the machine from being restarted until the operator has entered an appropriate downtime code after a preset amount of idle time has passed.

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