Bystronic ByCockpit provides real-time information on sheet metal production processes.
ByCockpit visualizes selected key indicators regarding machine performance and manufacturing efficiency. During the development of the ByCockpit, Bystronic’s IT specialists worked with a number of sheet metal processing companies. Their number one question was: How do users retrieve information from their machines in order to analyze and improve their production processes?
For many sheet metal processing companies, the process of retrieving data from their machine systems and subsequently translating it into usable information is very tedious. They must deal with price pressure, short delivery deadlines, and increasing quality demands. This translates to mean that sheet metal processing companies nowadays are forced to respond quickly and to constantly improve their production. ByCockpit helps reveal deficiencies in the production processes.
The ByCockpit runs on virtually all mobile devices -- laptops, smartphones, or tablet computers. Just like any other app, the ByCockpit is simply installed on the designated devices.
When the ByCockpit is launched, a selection of approximately 30 widgets is available. Users can switch between pre-defined overviews and the favorites view. In the favorites mode, users can individually configure their ByCockpit. Using the drag and drop principle, they select the widgets that provide the required overview of their individual machine systems.
The most important widgets
One of the ByCockpit’s numerous widgets is the Sunburst view. It is a circle diagram that displays the condition of the entire production at a glance. Green bars denote machines that are currently in operation. Red bars show machines that are idle. And blue bars combine all the systems that are connected to form an assembly line.
With a click, users can switch to the overview for the laser cutting process step. Here, the status widget displays the output (kilowatts) with which the laser is cutting, the total operating hours of the system, and whether the next service should be scheduled.
Another widget in the laser cutting overview displays overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) which is determined by such factors as machine availability, parts output, and the quality of the cut parts. In addition, the OEE widget allows a direct comparison to be drawn to previous production cycles.
The next click leads to the overview of bending jobs. Here, the performance widget provides information about the number of bent parts produced, the time required to produce them, and the number of tool changes. This overview allows the bending set-up times to be optimized.
The parts performance widget determines the development of the bending time for parts over time. A diagram provides a daily overview and thus reveals deviations in the production processes. It also enables a comparison to be made between manual and automated bending.
The widgets in the storage overview provide detailed information about the materials in stock -- what raw materials are in the warehouse and in what quantities. The overview lists all the material with weight and purchase value. In addition, it enables direct comparisons to the inventory at earlier points in time.
About Bystronic Inc.
Bystronic is a worldwide supplier of high-quality press brakes, lasers cutting systems, automation and software for the economical processing of sheet metal and tubes. Bystronic stands for reliability, high-performance innovation, an outstanding price-performance ratio, and user-friendly operation. The focus is on the automation of the complete material and data flow of the sheet metal cutting and bending process chain. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Elgin, IL. Offices are also located in Toronto, Canada and Monterrey, Mexico. For more information on Bystronic Inc., visit www.bystronicusa.com, or to contact by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.