Posts by Joel

Air Pressure Monitor

Air Pressure Monitor

Previously we recounted how one manufacturer used the Machine Monitor to monitor his shop air so that if there’s a drop in pressure that would threaten production, his team gets text message alerts BEFORE anything goes down. Would you like to be alerted if your shop air pressure started dropping? We took this solution and […]

Smart Lights (or Lights Made Smart)

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Many who’ve seen the Nanospark Machine Monitor sense it’s value immediately. However, most are reluctant to interrupt production and access the machine’s terminal blocks to install even such a useful tool. Well, we heard you! And in response, we developed Nanospark Machine Monitor: Smart Lights. Nanospark Machine Monitor lets you know of important changes in […]

Monitoring Air Pressure

Monitoring Air Pressure

It’s fine to monitor your million-dollar machine tool but it’s better to also monitor your critical auxiliary systems. For instance, what happens if you lose air pressure? A recent customer of ours had this happen and they estimate that they lost about $5000 before realizing they had a problem. So when we visited to tell […]

Citizen-Cincom A20 and L20

Citizen-Cincom A20 and L20

“Since our inception in 1989, Oregon Swiss Precision has understood that high quality standards and reliability are crucial for our clients to be successful in the ever changing and competitive business environment. From prototype to production, we pride ourselves in providing quality components, excellent lead times and unsurpassed service for our customers.” – Oregon Swiss […]

Robot + Hyundai-Kia SKT-250 and VX400

Robot + Hyundai-Kia SKT-250 and VX400

Plainsman Manufacturing is a manufacturing and distribution company with in-house engineering, operating out of Edmonton, AB. Since 1966 they’ve been known for making quality parts for oilfield production, pipeline maintenance, construction and gas and water distribution. Their 44,000 sq ft facility, extensive inventory and solid distribution base, allow them to effectively look after customer’s needs; […]

Spreadsheet Graphing Templates

Spreadsheet Graphing Templates

One of the export options for machine or work order efficiency reports from Nanospark: CNC Machine Monitor is a “.csv file”. A CSV file is useful for importing data into a spreadsheet where it may placed side-by-side with data from other machines for quick comparison, tracked visually over a length of time or other useful […]

Interview with a Shop Manager

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Senasys is manufacturing company with production facilities in Altoona and Eau Claire, WI. They run several production lines, including snap disc and capillary style temperature switches, Pres-Air brand safety switches and ISO-Tip cordless soldering irons.   Nestled in the back half of Senasys’ Altoona production facility, they have a workshop which was a driving force […]

24/7 Manufacturing

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One key feature of Nanospark: CNC Machine Monitor is the ability to expand operations towards 24/7 by means of alert notifications. In this video interview (which we found on the website of CNC-West) Chris Borch of Micro-Mechanics espouses the value of 24/7 manufacturing. CNC-West is a regional metalworking and manufacturing magazine which features articles on […]

Line graph vs. Bar graph

Line graph vs. Bar graph

Nanospark: CNC Machine Monitor can send you an efficiency report from your machine, displayed as a line graph or bar graph. Which option should you choose? Do you need to know what or why? Each display type will show the time frame monitored, which input(s) were monitored and the % on for each input. A […]

Job (or Work Order) Efficiency Report...

Job (or Work Order) Efficiency Reports

When we started showing Nanospark to shops this spring, one loud feedback we received was the need to track efficiency by the job or work order. Since the foundation had been laid, it was pretty easy for us to adapt by adding the by job reports feature. Further, the way it’s been crafted, “by job” […]