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About Kevin Jones
Innovation driven by data will revolutionize your business: We apply custom industrial intelligence solutions to your manufacturing business to drive efficiency and growth.
Ectobox creates Industrial IoT and custom software solutions, along with business intelligence and reporting solutions - with a main focus on the manufacturing industry and maintenance & reliability.
For nearly 20 years we have been a Pittsburgh-based, friendly, close-knit team who continually thinks “outside of the box” to provide affordable IoT and customized software applications solutions for our clients.
Specialties: IoT, ThingWorx, Custom Software Developer, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, Azure IoT, Project Discovery, Project Implementation, Project Management, Business Software Solutions, Software Selection, Software and Data Integrations
Entries by Kevin Jones
Summary At machine shops, precision metal shops, metal fabricators and other manufacturing companies downtime is not good for business. Downtime can be very expensive. However, it is possible to understand the downtime and address it. There is no shortage of tips and hints on the web and in the knowledge of your employees on how […]
In order to get the data needed for properly measuring machine downtime and improving OEE you will need to develop a few things. You will need a well-defined business case, you will need to work through a complete planning and scoping phase, and finally you will need to develop a proof of concept. Planning and […]
How to Use the Data How can you use data from your machines like downtime data to improve your production capacity? How can data be used to improve scheduling, reduce waste, use or materials efficiently? Start with collecting the data and converting it to useful information such as downtime and OEE Then provide it to […]
Smart Manufacturing is the use of one or more technologies including IoT, automation and robots, big data, artificial intelligence and modeling to optimize manufacturing. Optimizing of Manufacturing Companies can optimize manufacturing from product concept generation, flexible operations for changing customer needs, manufacturing efficiencies, machines becoming self-optimizing and self-diagnosing, and creating a dynamic manufacturing supply chain. […]
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a valuable KPI for how well machines on the plant floor are being utilized. (More information on what OEE is can be found in the Intro to IoT blog post) It is often thought to be a complicated value to calculate, and sometimes it can be. However, it can be […]
OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) provides an indication for how effectively machines are utilized on a manufacturing plant floor. It’s valuable for identifying and removing production constraints and for driving up revenue earned by every machine. The calculation has some mysticism surrounding the complexity of it’s calculation. We’ll simplify the calculation to a level where the […]
Many companies have jumped on the bandwagon of using OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as a KPI for their manufacturing equipment, lines, and plants. This article will introduce what OEE is and briefly discuss how it should and should not be used. What is OEE OEE indicates how effectively machines are utilized on the manufacturing plant […]
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