Maximise Productivity With Plug & Play Machine Monitoring
FourJaw is a cost-effective real-time machine monitoring software that enables manufacturers to improve machine utilisation rates by understanding what causes unproductive machine downtime and enabling them to take corrective measures that enable improved manufacturing productivity.
Accessible and affordable machine monitoring software designed for manufacturers
Plug & Play Installation
Simply supply power to the FourJaw MachineLink IoT device, then attach a sensor to your machine’s power cable and connect to the internet.
Works on Any Machine
FourJaw's Machine Monitoring platform is compatible with any machine, for any sector, from textiles and food to aerospace alloys.
Low Risk & Affordable
Unlike traditional machine monitoring solutions, FourJaw has flexible monthly contracts and no installation/maintenance costs.
No More Guesswork
Make informed decisions thanks to real-time, actionable insight that provides you with top downtime reasons, per factory, cell or machine.
FourJaw makes it easy to find and eliminate waste in your production process — saving you time, money, and increasing your profit margins.
FourJaw's machine monitoring software is designed to enable manufacturers of all sizes in all sectors to improve machine utilisation by identifying downtime reasons and providing actionable insight so shop floor managers can take corrective action.
Machine monitoring has never been this easy.
Unlike traditional machine monitoring software and systems, we don't need expensive and time-consuming PLC integrations. With FourJaw, you can quickly and easily set up machine monitoring on any manufacturing machine, no matter how old or what brand it is.
With our "Plug & Play" hardware, you'll be set up in minutes without any significant machine downtime or expensive installation costs.
Book a demo to find out what's costing your factory the most money.
Fill out the form to obtain a FREE one-on-one consultation with one of our manufacturing consultants. They'll help you understand your existing manufacturing difficulties and how FourJaw machine monitoring may help.
- How to find the main reason for lost productivity in your factory
- Find out how much this issue is costing your factory
- How easy it is to install FourJaw and find factory inefficiencies
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What our customers say
“We are now producing up to five times the number of parts with the same production costs”
“We are finding instant successes and will now be rolling out the 3 machine trial to all 19 of our work centres in the coming months”
“The FourJaw system was easy to install on a variety of CNC machines, and started to produce useful data quickly.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can Machine Monitoring Improve Our Productivity & Machine Utilisation?
Machine monitoring provides manufacturers with full shop floor visibility of how well machines are being utilised, by showing the machine downtime and uptimes. With the FourJaw machine monitoring platform, operatives can categorise the reasons for the downtimes so shop floor managers get a clear picture of how productive the machines are.
Does FourJaw machine monitoring work on old machines?
Yes. Our machine monitoring platform was specifically designed to make machine monitoring accessible to manufacturers of all shapes and sizes, which of course meant we designed our platform to work with any type of machine, regardless of age, brand or model. So you can turn your 50-year-old machine into a 'smart machine', helping you to understand how productive your machines are.
Is plug-and-play machine monitoring expensive?
No. Unlike traditional machine monitoring solutions, we designed our machine monitoring platform to be accessible, not only did we make it easy to install (minimising disruption to your shop floor) but we also made it affordable.
We offer monthly payment plans and you can install it yourself, so there are no high upfront installation costs often associated with traditional machine monitoring solutions.
What machine utilisation data does FourJaw machine monitoring capture?
FourJaw starts with utilisation data in it's simplest form. The specially designed MachineLink hardware is a combination of miniature computer and current clamps. These two current clamps are typically attached to the total power incomer of the machine and the main drive unit, for example a spindle motor of a CNC machine.
This raw data is recorded every second and sent to our secure Azure cloud platform. The data is then instantly built into chunks of running and not running data, typically over 20-second periods, which is then displayed and categorised throughout the FourJaw platform.
What this provides is a very accurate measure of when the productive part of the machine experiences load and when it does not. Applied to this data is FourJaw's Machine Learning program which automatically classifies the data into productive/active and idle/inactive time.
This means warm up runs and free air cycles are classed as idle time in the case of a CNC machine as the machines is not in its productive state.
How does FourJaw capture Machine Downtime Data?
Downtime reasons are inputted by the operator of the machine via a tablet which is installed beside the operator.
Each tablet is paired with a machine via the same FourJaw portal running on a Chrome browser.
When the MachineLink hardware, detailed above, measures a set period of idle time a pop-up appears on the platform asking the user to log why the period of idle time has occurred, this can be inputted straight away, during the downtime or even post the downtime if required.
Does FourJaw machine monitoring platform capture work booking and job data?
Yes it does.
Work order information can be inputted manually or directly imported from a .CSV file.
This data includes the WO number, operations, machine names, estimated job time and start dates.
As with all parts of the FourJaw platform, this data is combined with the downtime and utilisation data to provide meaningful and actionable insights into your production process.
I already monitor Work order times, Ops times and setup times, why is this different?
As a manufacturer, it's highly likely you'll already be monitoring Work order times, Ops times and setup times, of course, this is all useful, however, it does not give you the big picture.
For instance, it doesn't identify and inform you of what improvements can be made to improve shop floor productivity.
Machine monitoring differs because it will give you real-time, actionable shop floor data such as:
- Top 5 downtimes, per factory, cell or machine
- Pareto plots
- Average setup time per part
- Downtimes and machine active times per work order
This information can be used to take decisions based on fact and not opinion.