Introducing The MachineLink
Put all of your production data in the palm of your hands with this easy-to-install IIoT device.
Understand Your Productivity
MachineLink uses simple current clamps and powerful algorithms to recognise when your machine is in a productive or unproductive state. It then sends this data to our cloud-based platform that you can access anywhere.
A Truly Plug & Play IIoT device
Install in as little as 10 minutes. Simply power the device, then clip the sensor to your machine's power cable, and data will begin to appear in your dashboard right away*.
Securely see your data from anywhere
As FourJaw is cloud-based, you can securely access your data anytime, anywhere. Security and feature updates to the platform are included for free in your subscription**.
* Please note that this can take longer depending on the time from provisioning to installation. **some new features may require a subscription upgrade.
works on any machine, regardless of age, Type or brand.
Trusted By Manufacturers
The Operator Tablet
Mounts to or close to your machine so that operators can provide downtime reasons when automatically prompted.
When MachineLink detects downtime, operators are prompted to select a downtime reason so you can use this information to drive productivity improvements.
Jobbing On / Off
Allow operators to job on and off from their machine to track time spent on jobs and schedule more efficiently.
The people who run your machines know more than anyone else about their machines. The tablet lets operators report production issues to managers so they can help operators be more efficient.
No installation or maintenance costs and free hardware*
- Downtime Reasons
- Live Data
Find out top reasons for machine downtime, by factory, cell, or machine. Take action where it matters most.
Know your utilisation and OEE so you always know when things are going well (or not so well).
See how your machines, lines, cells, or factories are doing without constantly patrolling the factory floor.
Improve speed of communication. Alert production managers based on tailored event triggers that are important to your operations.
Stop the Guesswork
No more wondering if "today was a good day or a bad day on the factory floor".
Reduce Production Downtime
See your biggest downtime causes so you can remove them. Benchmark productivity data over time to make sure utilisation is on an upward trend.
Understand & Improve OEE
Why did planned downtime take longer than expected? What was the quality of the output over the last shift? Why has availability reduced since last month? Get these answers and more.
Unlike a standalone Energy Monitoring solutions, FourJaw combines Energy Usage Data and Machine (Productivity) Usage Data to drive sustainable, productive and profitable manufacturing.
Turn your factory into a well-oiled machine.
FourJaw is specifically designed for manufacturers who are looking to do more with less, and find new efficiencies in their production process without wasting time or money on new equipment.
Root cause problem solving
See the top downtime reasons by factory, cell or machine, to identify where the biggest productivity gains can be made and instantly take corrective action to make production improvements.
Enabling effective communication is key to a high-performing team. Assign tasks, send calls-to-action and focus your team to be the best they can be. Share best practices and allocate resources more efficiently.
Real-time event-triggered alerts
React quickly to production issues following event-triggered alerts. Escalate issues accordingly to remove bottlenecks before they cause disruption.
A Smarter Way To Manage Your Factory.
Unlike traditional machine monitoring solutions, FourJaw keeps the important things simple.
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Zero-Commitment Monthly Subscription
No Installation Costs
ROI in Weeks, Not Months
Order to Installation in 2 Days
Can be Installed in Minutes
Works on Any Machine, Regardless of Age or Brand
Regular Security & Feature Updates Included
Zero-Commitment Monthly Subscription
No Installation Costs
ROI in Weeks, Not Months
Order to Installation in 2 days
Instantly Works on Any Machine
Security & Feature Updates Included
Installation Takes Minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can Machine Monitoring Improve Productivity & Machine Utilisation?
Machine monitoring provides manufacturers with full factory 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 factory floor managers get a clear picture of how productive the machines are. Here's a useful case study that shows how a manufacturer improved their machine utilisation by 400%.
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.
Can Machine monitoring help reduce energy usage?
Although not specifically designed to reduce energy usage, machine monitoring software can help factories reduce their energy usage indirectly and therefore become more efficient and sustainable.
Because our machine monitoring software reports on your machine utilisation, by machine, cell or factory, the data allows you to see when a machine is being run but doesn't need to be, i.e. wasting energy. By identifying 'negative machine downtime' we have helped a number of manufacturers reduce their production costs, thanks to the data insight FourJaw machine monitoring provided.
Is plug-and-play machine monitoring software 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. Find out more about the pricing plans we offer here.
What 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. I
* Hardware is included when a pro subscription is purchased for 5 machines or more.