Hardware : Sensor Systems : Machine Vision
As a leading supplier of sensors, measuring systems, laser markers, microscopes, and machine vision systems worldwide, KEYENCE is at the forefront of factory automation. We strive to develop innovative and reliable products to meet the needs of our customers in every manufacturing industry. In addition to our world-class products, KEYENCE offers a full range of services to further assist our customers. Our technically trained direct sales force is able to solve tough applications and answer technical questions about our products. We also provide fast shipping so customers can improve their processes as quickly as possible. KEYENCE is dedicated to adding value to our customers by combining superior technology with unparalleled support.
CNC builders look to software, machine-health data, customization and modular design
The adoption of on-machine components follows the development of more and more sophisticated hardware and software for better machine-to-machine communication. Increasingly, components are using multiple protocols, facilitating deeper communication for easier access to more in-depth data. Customers of systems integrators like Methods Machine Tools want solutions for faster and more specific data collection from any protocol, in order to boost production with predictive maintenance insight.
“The emergence of data as a tool to enable real-time decision making on the shop floor is evolving how companies run and maintain their machines,” Parenteau says. Whereas old alarms signaled the presence of an issue, detailed diagnostics can instead tell operators precisely what the issue is. For example, rather than just letting an operator know how much cutting fluid is in the tank of a CNC machine, more advanced on-machine components could tell someone the viscosity and temperature of the fluid. That information can be used to improve machining processes and resolve minor issues before they become costly problems. Coolant flow is another variable that is closely monitored in CNC machine tools, as it can have a direct impact on shop productivity or part quality, he says.
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Evolve or die: How nimble Keyence grew into a $140bn titan
Keyence, a sensor and factory control equipment maker, has risen to be Japan’s third most valuable listed company. Through product leadership, a lean business model of outsourcing production, and working directly with buyers instead of dealers, Keyence has found a recipe for success. Additionally, their teams of data scientist analyze marketing and sales data to spot trends and develop ways to win orders more effectively than competitors. Lastly, it’s high compensation has helped the company attract and retain talent.