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Machine Event Monitoring

When you’ve got production targets to meet and the challenge of keeping costs under control, it’s essential to have a true and accurate picture of your manufacturing resource activity. Seiki AIR Machine Monitoring helps build greater integrity into the measurement of your manufacturing equipment performance. It enables you to quickly identify, evaluate and minimise critical productivity losses, helping to improving equipment availability and work throughput – your ROI.


Machine Monitoring Data Collection

The software captures productive and non-productive events occurring on CNC machines and manual resources.

  • It allows you to connect every machine to see and understand how your entire shop floor is performing.
  • Each status change can be captured automatically (e.g. cycle start or alarm condition) via digital signals received from the machine tool, providing continuous recording of production times.
  • Operators can manually enter additional operating conditions and status changes, capturing the reasons for the machine being in a non-productive state using the simple touch buttons.
  • “Unknown Stoppage” notifications encourage operators to enter complete and correct status data
  • Define time thresholds for individual statuses to automatically generate “Resource in status too long” notifications
  • Where the Feedrate and Spindle Override data is available, the system records when a machine has been running in a non-optimal condition
  • All activities are recorded in the audit trail for full traceability of all machine activities.
  • We can support a dual installation of direct Ethernet based machine data acquisition and traditional digital I/O for legacy equipment, as well MTConnect, OPC and other machine specific protocols.
  • Where PAT lights are to be fitted to resources and digital outputs cannot be obtained to drive them, the system can output data from its Ethernet machine data acquisition software protocol to support the lights and provide enhanced visibility of resource status
  • Optional operator OEE dashboard (when the Monitoring module only is licensed)

Seiki AIR Monitoring Operator Performance Dashboard

If you simply want to start by understanding whether your machine is running or when it has stopped in order to track downtime, this can be achieved with the out-of-the-box configuration. Once you’re ready to start delving into the specific reasons for machine stoppages, the system includes a fully customisable monitoring status grid, do it’s as easy as adding the statuses that you wish to track and analyse.


OEE Dashboard

Take your Utilisation analysis data a step further by adding a Seiki AIR OEE license so that you can also start to measure the effectiveness of your critical production resources and machines.

OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness

  • Configure parts, operations and cycle times with our easy to use Part administration tool
  • Select from a list of operations or search for part numbers to display operation that are available to run on each resource
  • The Running signal collected automatically via Seiki AIR Monitoring or via operator input contributes to the Availability OEE factor
  • Start, finish and book part quantities and non-conformances to automatically update the Performance and Quality OEE factors

Live Machine Status Visibility

Having overall visibility of manufacturing activity on your shop floor gives the control and flexibility you need to be responsive to customer demands and to continue adding value through the production process.

  • As a visual management tool, it provides a dynamic live view of the manufacturing shop environment –
  • Dashboard, Timeline, Factory and Andon views provide a fast visual indicator of the live status of every resource as it’s updated by the Operator on the shop floor.
  • The interactive Timeline allows you to drill down into individual events.
  • Alarm status notifications can be configured to alert users of alarm conditions or when thresholds are exceeded for specific conditions.

Seiki AIR Andon Screen



Machine Utilisation Analysis

Machine utilisation analysis provides detailed analysis of the productivity of each machine, together with non-productive reasons. The results are displayed in interactive pie, bar and Pareto charts.

  • Accumulative % and total hours for each event that has occurred during the selected period.
  • Where available, automatically generated machine alarm codes can provide insight into micro-stoppages
  • Individual events or groups of events can be drilled into to identify trends or compare against other resources.
  • Export data as .csv, .xlsx, .dat, .doc, HTML and PDF, making collaboration easier
  • Users with the appropriate permissions can view and retrospectively modify resource status bookings

Use your machine utilisation data to inform strategies to optimise machine uptime, throughput and ROI.

Seiki AIR Machine Utilisation Analysis Pie Chart


Seiki AIR offers a fast, affordable entry point onto your digital transformation journey. Contact us now to see a demo or call 01273 666999

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Live Works Order Progress Tracking, OEE and Planned Vs Actual Analysis

Enhance your solution with our WIP Booking module for a complete picture of your production performance. It supports transparent, frictionless works order processing – delivering prioritised work queues to each resource on the shop floor and capturing accurate, consistent production data. Tracking the live progress of each operation in this way will give you insight into the shop floor’s adherence to plan and will help to improve your on-time delivery performance. Analysis of the performance data will highlight deviations between planned and actual operation times, and when combined with Machine Monitoring you can drill down into the causes. Together they deliver the critical factors required to calculate OEE.

Seiki AIR WIP Booking Software

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Further Reading

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  • Improve operational efficiency by understanding performance down to the individual resource
  • Simplified and streamlined data capture process to reduce data entry errors
  • Enables users to identify potential problems and take a proactive approach to maximising throughput
  • Live visibility of all events occurring on your machines/resources
  • Supports 24/7 machining and gives you confidence that unmanned production is monitored
  • Uncover previously hidden or unaccounted for productivity losses and their causes – even the small stoppages that accumulatively can have an impact on your performance
  • Maximise the utilisation of your existing resources and base decisions for investment on real data
  • Unlike fully manual methods, system logic, user prompts and notifications support consistent, accurate and complete information
  • Data is stored and captured in a format that is compatible and easily shared with other standard data processing and reporting packages such as Microsoft Excel, making collaboration easy
  • Use the insight into your actual machine utilisation performance to refine your capacity model and build greater integrity into your planning and scheduling system

Additional Features

  • The system prompts the user to enter the correct status if a machine goes into an unknown stoppage state
  • Stoppage reasons can be entered retrospectively
  • Automatic and/or manual data collection
  • Fully configurable ten by infinity status grid
  • Dynamic live views of the shop floor from anywhere on your domain
  • Graphical display of machine utilisation & productivity trends

Seiki AIR WIP Booking

Extending visibility and control of your customer works orders beyond your ERP and APS systems to the shop floor via prioritised, interactive work queues is the key to fast, frictionless order processing. With the growing challenges of global competition, increasing material costs and lead times, exacting quality standards and critical deadlines to be met, being able to drill down into the detail of each operation is a significant advantage. By connecting multiple departments with shared insight, it can help to minimise risk, make informed delivery promises and achieve the agility needed to stay responsive to customer and industry demands.

Seiki AIR WIP Booking shop floor data collection software

  • Works out-of-the-box with the Seiki Scheduler or your existing ERP/MRP/APS system via a configurable interface
  • Operator confirms the start and completion of each operation to dynamically update the status in your ERP/APS system
  • Enter part counts and scrap reasons
  • Start multiple operations on a single resource
  • Send and record First Off Inspections
  • Users can attach files, add comments and view notifications of non-conformances to help control quality levels
  • Follow the overall progress of operations – live and historically via the batch card to help increase quality and consistency

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Seiki AIR Jobpack DNC

Seiki AIR Jobpack DNC and manufacturing data management software is an easy to use and maintain shop floor communications and NC program transfer solution. It offers a single source solution for all your CNC machines. Transitioning from traditional paper-based delivery and capture of manufacturing information to digital can help you make even greater improvements through immediacy, accuracy, and control. It’s also a critical factor in the drive to eliminate waste and reduce non-value adding activities.

Seiki AIR Jobpack DNC software shopfloor user screen

  • Organise and administer production data and documentation related to individual parts and operations
  • Ensure only the latest, approved file versions are used to avoid costly errors and avoid scrap/rework
  • Send and receive NC program files
  • Full audit trail of file transfers and Jobpack changes
  • User roles, permissions, and passwords control access
  • Compare NC program files
  • Multi port serial devices enable simultaneous requests from each CNC
  • DNC software supports most machine types, including legacy machines
  • Manage parts, routings, operations. Include up-issuing of parts
  • Create jobpacks for each operation and assign to resource
  • Graphical files status

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The Seiki solution is dependent upon your client server and LAN infrastructure.

Server Hardware Requirements

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Quad Core 2.4GHz or faster
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB for SQL and 2GB for the application

Mobile Devices

  • Quad Core 1.8GHz or faster
  • Operating System: iOS (latest version), Android 8.1 Oreo or later
  • 3GB RAM
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Screen resolution: Optimised for 1920 x 1200 pixels


  • Hardware and software requirements are representative and may vary by customer deployment.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 is required for all products installed on any PC or Server. Please check the Microsoft IIS supported operating system versions.
  • Database server sizing is influenced not just by Seiki applications but also by the operating system, the database used plus other applications utilising the server. Seiki Systems cannot assume any responsibility for recommendations other than for the applications it supplies.

Ethernet machine data acquisition as an integral part of our Monitoring solution. Data over Ethernet enables unified, robust communication with your CNC machines. This solution enables you to record and track machine events – valuable manufacturing data that can make a real difference to your business.

Seiki Monitoring is able to support a dual installation of direct Ethernet based machine data collection and traditional digital I/O (in cases where a direct Ethernet connection is unavailable, or the monitoring software protocol is not enabled on the machine). Our experienced engineers and developers will be able to advise the best solution for your complete factory.

Seiki software actively supports MTConnect and OPC as two of the most effective means of collecting actionable machine tool data, irrespective of their make or model. By providing a standard dictionary of data items, MTConnect delivers the connectivity and consistency needed for our Machine Monitoring software to capture the state of all your MTConnect enabled resources, irrespective of their make or model. This means our system can give you a complete, unified view of your shop floor activity and the contextualised data you need to focus on exceeding your productivity and efficiency targets.

For a full list of data that can be collected via Ethernet based machine data acquisition, please download the product information sheet under the Documentation tab. The sheet details the most common connections that we carry out but please speak to us if you don’t see a control listed that you will require.

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