The future of manufacturing depends on better interaction between operator and machine. Voice assistant technology is quickly becoming an accepted part of modern life. It will soon be a driving force in tomorrow’s workplace.
ATHENA, Makino's voice-activated technology, designed especially for machine tool users makes humans more effective at translating, assimilating and analyzing the onslaught of big data. And Makino is the first to offer it.
With just a few words and little training, operators of all skill levels can easily instruct ATHENA. Using ATHENA, Makino operators have access to the information they need to remain effective and productive, such as setup, instructions and inspection diagrams - right at the machine.
New workers can start using ATHENA to run any Makino VMC, HMC or EDM machine with much less onboarding time and investment.
ATHENA learns by interacting with users over time, constantly expanding her skills to help the operator:
Set up and run the machine
Maintain or repair the machine
Learn the machine and related processes
Job shops and die mold environments, where there’s a large amount of manual work between operator and machine, such as setting up and running Horizontal, Vertical and EDM machines.
Companies with rapid growth or workforce fluctuations can ease the onboarding of operators and setup personnel.
ATHENA is designed as an add-on option, and can be retrofit on any new or existing Makino machines with the Pro5, Pro6, and Hyper i control.
Installation is easy. ATHENA software comes already installed on a portable computer, complete with headset and cabling. It can quickly be installed and, if needed, moved from machine to machine. The Makino service team can have you talking to ATHENA in just a few hours.
ATHENA is an overlay on your existing machine control allowing users to interchangeably talk to the machine or manually operate the controller. ATHENA is designed to operate without internet connection, a critical issue for ITAR-related companies. This feature adds a layer of security and avoids lag time between command and response.
Athena is a subscription service with an initial software, hardware and installation cost. For this, users gain a valuable assistant that gets smarter, faster and better with time.
Ready to meet Athena? Contact your Makino rep to learn more.