High-performance operator guide
Make it simple and precise. Complexity of modern machining impedes operator’s ability to recognize underlying process patterns and make the right decisions on process actions. Under these conditions, the quality and effectiveness of data interpretation and visualization has a great effect on the amount of human effort required for an error-free process execution. MICRONITE simplifies operational control by utilizing AI-based control models and operator-friendly layouts of the control panels..
MICRONITE is designed to provide absolute convenience and easiness of use for operators. The system serves as the perfect guide for process actions with no mistakes allowed. Main elements of design are:
• Data entry interface contains action decisions and RELEVANT process information
• Data entry is connected to drawing with mapping of measured characteristics to exact place on drawing
• Data entry is connected to a multi-variable tool capability chart
• Status of entire operation is displayed in real time with offset values referred to cutting tools
• Countdown of time before next inspection is displayed for all characteristics
• Inspection plan is designed to assure minimum inspection time for major and minor characteristics and optimal inspection time for key and critical characteristics
• Quality certification is automatically executed by shift, sub-lot, and entire lot
MICRONITE is the only software that satisfies the operator needs. Advanced MICRONITE technology offers a proven means of achieving overwhelming operator satisfaction. First, an effective data capture and data interpretation system provides a strong operator-friendly software structure capable of assembling useful, accurate, and timely information. Second, a successful system demands that valuable feedback is delivered to an operator when it is needed – at the time of data entry. Third, electronic data capture and automatic decision making process expands the limits for the amount of controlled characteristics – up to 1,000 characteristics can be put under MICRONITE control. Fourth, MICRONITE leads operators and engineers to a realization of a simple fact that implementing predictive control without first optimizing process parameters that can result in over-inspection and slowdowns. A latter is crucial, since a lack of the deep process understanding causes the formulation of incorrect, inconsistent, and unclear requirements for in-process actions which in turn result in poor quality. The MICRONITE system’s control mechanism creates powerful visual analytics that help operators and engineers quickly react on shop floor data and improve process controllability. Finally, operators gain confidence in the MICRONITE ability to control processes and product quality. With this confidence, operators participate in team efforts to improve overall production effectiveness.
Motivation. One of the key motivations behind the use of a rule-based control system is the fact that it can remedy human failure to monitor vast machining information, to resolve complex process control situations, in order to identify high-risk quality status or to prevent high-cost mistakes. Another motivation behind the use of MICRONITE’s intelligent software for operators is the increasing need for higher quality and greater availability of machining expertise to deal with the increased complexity of production problems. Intelligent software assists in training novice operators, provide decision support, or mimic human reasoning in control of tool life. MICRONITE has the ability to keep track of tool-and-quality information while commanding the knowledge of several experts.
“What I like most about MICRONITE is that it tells right away if your parts are going out of spec before you inspect the next time. The warnings and stops are ALWAYS good decisions, even if I’m still running good parts. When you look at the graph for tooling you can tell how the machine is doing. Also, MICRONITE is a very demanding fellow for set-up approval. If you did a good job on set-up, you didn’t need to inspect all of the critical dimensions very often. !”
Chad Perry, Set-up Operator, Air-Way Mfg. Co
Predictive process control on “live” drawing