Modern Machine Shop: Look Beyond Machine Utilization When Installing a Machine Monitoring System

LMI Aerospace has the word aerospace in its name because that’s the market the supplier serves almost exclusively. This company is a global manufacturer of structural assemblies, kits and components for its diverse aerospace customers. It also provides design engineering services to back up its manufacturing capability (not many machining companies can thrive just by producing parts anymore.)

One of the company’s machining facilities is in Washington, Missouri, near St. Louis, and not far from its corporate headquarters in St. Charles. Three years ago, the Washington facility began actively seeking a monitoring system for its CNC machines in order to check status and collect performance data for analysis. One of the main goals and expectations was to see an improvement in utilization.

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