Manufacturing Software monitors and reports factory health.

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Performing data acquisition, condition monitoring, energy monitoring, and cell control, Freedom eWARE(TM) provides feedback from industrial assets on plant floor. Modular MTConnect®-compliant software can interact with mobile devices, displaying machinery status, productivity data, and machinery analytics. Since eWARE is target-independent, it can collect data from variety of assets - without modification to ladder logic or part programming - and transform data into actionable information.



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New Freedom eWARE(TM)



New Freedom eWARE(TM) reports factory heart rate and health, from asset utilization and cycle times to machine vibration and predictive maintenance

Modular, scalable software package can connect to any factory asset, harvest data, dissect it and present actionable information

The new Freedom eWARE(TM) software suite from e-tekx is the first all-encompassing manufacturing data reporting platform to provide performance, utilization and availability feedback from any industrial asset on the plant floor. eWARE(TM) is a modular and scalable software package for data acquisition, condition monitoring, energy monitoring, and cell control, capable of generating reports and analytics for maintenance, process optimization and OEE. The new software, which is MTConnect® compliant, can interact with smart phones, tablet PCs and similar mobile devices, displaying machinery status, productivity data and machinery analytics for various systems on a plant network.

Unique in the market, eWARE is "target independent," capable of collecting data from a variety of plant floor assets - without modification to ladder logic or part programming - and transforming that data into actionable information. With installations that include Department of Defense facilities and contractors, eWARE makes manufacturing activity and system conditions transparent, enabling rapid implementation of operational and maintenance excellence, proven with payback as short as one year.

eWARE consists of five modules for logging, analyzing and reporting information, plus a control-resident eCONNECT(TM) interface for each machine that uses a PC front-end control. For non-PC-based CNC's, PLC's and manual machines, eCONNECT runs on a DIN-rail-mounted PC with discrete I/O connections to specific machine electrics. eCONNECT acts as a data collection hub and access point for equipment on the plant floor, and supplies information to the five software modules: eLOG(TM), eVIEW(TM), eMONITOR(TM), eENERGY(TM) and eCELL(TM).

eLOG uses algorithms based on AMT and VDI standards to categorize time into six different areas: Plant Shut-Down, Scheduled Downtime, Delay Time, Repair Time, Not-In-Cycle Process Time and In-Cycle Time. Reports available in eLOG include: top 25 alerts, top 25 events, top 25 programs by duration or by count, a daily view of activity over a 24-hour period and a tapestry report for day-by-day or hour-to-hour comparisons. eLOG allows rapid visualization of inefficiencies and identification of root causes to facilitate mistake-proofed process, improved utilization, condition-based maintenance and reduced MRO inventories. Information can be formatted and filtered for specific departments, such as production, planning or maintenance. The software can also send text and email alerts.

The eVIEW module is maintenance-driven and provides in-depth machine diagnostics and monitoring utilities to reduce the time needed for diagnosis and repair, particularly for complex problems. It permits visualization of machine data and allows setting user-configurable trigger points for diagnosing problems.

eMONITOR analyzes and displays data on machine and process health, such as vibration, temperature, pressure, spindle/axis current, etc., for establishment of a condition-based maintenance program. Capable of correlating multiple I/O conditions, eMONITOR allows detection of small anomalies before component failure, detects process variation prior to production, and determines whether a component or process is in a nominal condition.

eENERGY allows plant management to develop an ideal balance between energy consumption, cycle time, part programs and tooling by understanding energy consumption trends related to specific machines, programs and tools. It can alert manufacturing teams of peak usage thresholds for purposes of shift balancing, and allows cycle optimization by energy consumption of each tool.

eCELL is cell control software for automated palletized manufacturing systems and parallel processing of parts. It allows management of cell resources and operations to improve production flows and facilitate "lights out" operations.

In addition to its software platform, e-tekx can support users with Lean training, turnkey system integration, simultaneous engineering, producibility/productivity analyses, remote diagnostics and a host of other services to help sustain and maximize improvements.

eWARE is certified as "networthy" for use by U.S. Department of Defense agencies, armed forces and contractors. Networthiness certification ensures Automated Information Systems (AIS) utilizing the Army Network are developed in compliance with the Clinger Cohen Act and are secure, supportable, sustainable, and compatible with the Army Enterprise Infostructure (AEI) (as defined in AR 25-IA). The software provides multiple language support including: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Chinese.

About MAG Industrial Automation Systems

MAG is a leading machine tool and systems company serving the durable goods industry worldwide with complete manufacturing solutions. With a strong foundation based upon renowned brands such as Cincinnati, Cross Hüller, Fadal, Giddings & Lewis, Hüller Hille, Witzig & Frank, Hessapp, Ex-Cell-O, Honsberg and Boehringer, MAG is recognized as the preeminent provider of tailored production solutions based on state-of-the-art technology. Key markets served include aerospace, automotive and truck, heavy equipment, oil and gas, rail, solar energy, wind turbine production and general machining.

With manufacturing and support operations strategically located worldwide, MAG offers comprehensive lines of equipment and technologies including process development, automated assembly, turning, milling, automotive powertrain production, composites processing, maintenance, automation and software, and core components.

For more information about MAG, please visit: www.mag-ias.com

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