Manufacturing Control Solutions

Planit Software Ltd (Southfield, MI) has consolidated its manufacturing solutions with the creation of the divisional brand, Manufacturing Control Solutions (MCS). Core MCS products include a two-tier DNC solution and advanced Machine Tool Monitoring system.

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Planit Software Ltd (Southfield, MI) has consolidated its manufacturing solutions with the creation of the divisional brand, Manufacturing Control Solutions (MCS). Core MCS products include a two-tier DNC solution and advanced Machine Tool Monitoring system. DNC within Manufacturing Control Solutions uses modern Ethernet-based communication and data management tools to deliver up-to-the-minute information on the part production process, along with faster and more reliable CNC file management and storage.

High speed file transfer streamlines program loading, with automatic upload, download and drip-feeding of CNC programs to the appropriate machine tool controller. Program, load and save commands are carried out directly at the machine controller keyboard without the need for additional machine specific terminals. In addition, automatic file history storage, tracking and logging ensure full traceability and compliance to FDA, DIN and ISO standards.

DNC Pro builds on these capabilities by supplying a more sophisticated level of data management and control of NC code and associated manufacturing documentation. It is a client-server .NET application fulfilling the requirements of FDA certification to medical equipment standard DIN EN ISO 13485:2003 for file management. In addition to storing NC files and maintaining a detailed log of all NC file transactions, DNC Pro is based on a SQL database which provides complete file traceability and full audit compliance support. The system also incorporates integrated data management via ‘drag and drop’ functionality, as well as full file revision control and automatic versioning.

MCS’s Machine Tool Monitoring (MTM) system is a Windows-based real time machine data capture application that enables users to monitor information on machine tool activity for retention and analysis. Data on productivity can be reviewed on a machine-by-machine basis or by shift-by-shift comparison, along with reasons for stoppages and non-productive time. Access to real time data ensures production problems and bottlenecks are quickly identified and addressed. MTM data is stored on a central server, which provides various types of analysis on current and past production processes. Information can be exported for detailed external analysis, or output in graphical or spreadsheet formats for inclusion in management reports and business presentations.