A common need of plastics producers is real-time shop floor production monitoring. This serves many purposes, including tracking cycles on tools or machines, data collection, precision measurement, analysis and reporting, gage management, and material usage and labor tracking.
gage repeatability and reproducibility
measurement, analysis and reporting, gage management, material usage and labor tracking, downtime, scrap and statistic process control (SPC) data gathering, run or trend alarming, machine process profiling, and so on. Such monitoring capabilities help users automate the recording of correct production quantities for each shift, and eliminate manual data entry errors, since they can thus automate the (real time) collection of such shop floor information as good items, rejects (and cause of rejects),