Production-Monitoring Software Captures Welding Data for Remote ReviewApril 1, 2009
The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, OH, released the newest version of its Production Monitoring 2 software, which enables remote review of critical weld data. Working in tandem with any networked Lincoln Electric Power Wave power source, the software allows engineers and executives to stay connected with the shop floor from anywhere in the world, helping to ensure that welding systems are working properly and problems are identified quickly and efficiently.
The software, available at no cost to Power Wave owners, adds a new web browser-based user interface; a data-management system through Microsoft SQL server express; and support for Lincoln Electric’s True Energy data. These enhanced features offer customers additional tools to help ensure increased uptimes and productivity. In addition to monitoring weld data, it allows for storing and sharing of files, monitoring production tasks, setting weld limits and tolerances, and tracking consumable inventory. Welding-machine faults also can be logged and e-mailed, while diagnostic troubleshooting can be performed from a remote location.
By integrating digital technology to networked welding equipment, key personnel are able to perform the following functions from anywhere:
• View the status of multiple Power Wave welding power sources;
• Pinpoint work-shift problems and evaluate production cycle and output using work-shift timers and production reports;