Smooth solutions, Digital Technology Plaza
Chicago, Illinois – In its South Hall booth #338300 at IMTS, Mazak will highlight its comprehensive suite of digital Smooth Technology solutions and network connectivity options in a new section called the Digital Technology Plaza. With this new booth area, Mazak will demonstrate its continued dedication to helping customers achieve full digital connectivity for process monitoring and optimization.
In addition to Mazak’s Smooth CNC controls, the Digital Technology Plaza will include such other Smooth Technology solutions as Smooth Link, Smooth MPP and Mazak’s SmartBox. As a connectivity solution that makes remote monitoring simple, Smooth Link only requires a commercial-off-the-shelf wireless network to enable users to monitor and manage their machines from any computer, tablet or smartphone. And since Smooth Link operates on a machine’s existing Mazatrol Smooth CNC, it requires no additional hardware, making it possible for job shops of every size to enjoy the benefits of machine connectivity.
Visitors to the Digital Technology Plaza will also discover automation solutions geared specifically toward job shops, including the Smooth MPP software that works with Mazak’s new Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) system, a space-saving palletized system for manufacturers who cannot accommodate a full Palletech or Mazatec SMS system. Like the Smooth PMC software that helps users manage Palletech, Smooth MPP predicts necessary tools and production output according to the production schedule, displaying pertinent information to the user in a variety of graphs that enable easy utilization analysis.
The Digital Technology Plaza will additionally serve as the connectivity hub for the booth’s fully networked manufacturing environment thanks to the Mazak SmartBox. A scalable, end-to-end solution that connects machines, software and other manufacturing equipment to a single network via the MTConnect open source communications protocol, the Mazak SmartBox remains the company’s cornerstone solution for giving customers the secure digital connectivity they need to thrive in today’s competitive manufacturing industry.
What are the biggest challenges you see the medical device manufacturing industry facing in 2019?
- Ability to invest in technology
- Access to capital/credit/financing
- Changing regulatory environment
- Increased market competition
- New product development
- Pricing pressures
- Retaining/growing a skilled workforce