Excerpt from Shop Metalworking
Bridging the Data Gap
Machine tools compound data management with further inherent challenges. Machine tools commonly stay in service for 20+ years, but data storage and processing power remain in rapid growth cycles. How often do we still see paper maintenance logs? The lag in mass adoption of data management tools in the industrial sector often creates complications through “data islands,” where siloed information lingers unused in a manufacturing tool’s memory or even in a handwritten log. Simply setting the goalposts for these challenges can be a major activity in this evolving landscape, but make no mistake, the ball is moving.