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.
To keep you up and running, Makino brings the Internet of Things to your shop floor. Our machine health monitoring software - Makino Health Maximizer™ (MHmax) - predicts problems before they happen, so you can take steps to prevent unplanned down time. With 22 embedded sensors collecting data at the most critical points, predictive software checks for spindle health, analyzes controller data and calculates the need for alerts and warnings. You’ll know exactly how your machines are running at all times. So you can act, not react.
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.