If these machines could talk…well, actually, they can. As the shortage of veteran operators grows, you could continue to fight and claw to attract what’s left—or you could make your machines easier to operate. Voice activation and artificial intelligence hold the key.
Say hello to Athena, the voice-activated industrious assistant that anyone can use. Makino machines are the first to have it. Talking to Athena, manufacturing workers of all skill levels can take command of the machine, control operations and call up critical data. All with just a few words and a little training (she knows g-code, too). Athena runs on any Makino VMC, HMC or EDM, using the single universal language of voice command.
But voice activated machine operation is just half the story. Athena is able to learn. Beyond basic control commands, Athena guides and analyzes. She can even respond to “thinking” questions such as:
With voice command, the work of an operator is easier. They can ask for help. Critical data can be called up in an instant. Work is more fun.
Unlike many other IIoT machine interfaces, ProNetConneX is fully integrated into Makino’s latest machine controls. Additional machine sensors can be installed to expand data collection capabilities based on your unique needs.
The power of the Internet of Things and digital connectivity boils down to one thing: data. Our proprietary data management software (MPmax) has analysis tools and capabilities that no other software has, including spindle load, speed and vibration monitoring. With real-time status reports, it’s a central hub for monitoring—and optimizing—critical processes, across a variety of machines. MPmax is compatible with ProNetConneX and tracks a variety of key machine performance benchmarks:
The performance of your machines—of your business—depends on staying agile, fast, informed and exceedingly efficient. Digital disruptors like these will help you transform your potential and reach the future ahead of your competition.