Smartware Group Joins Scytec for Smart Machine Monitoring Talk at FABTECH 2015

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The joint discussion, “Machine Monitoring and Data Collection for Maintenance Optimization,” will be held at 11:10 a.m. on November 11 as part of the "Modernizing Maintenance and Inspection" track.

Leaders of Smartware Group and Scytec will present "Machine Monitoring and Data Collection for Maintenance Optimization" on November 11 at the 2015 FABTECH

When ‘meter reading’ or smart assets are directly tied to CMMS, preventive maintenance can rise to a whole new level with predictive maintenance.

FABTECH 2015, to be held in Chicago from November 9-12, will feature a special presentation by Smartware Group President Paul Lachance and Scytec President and CEO Josh Davids. Their joint discussion, entitled, “Machine Monitoring and Data Collection for Maintenance Optimization,” will walk manufacturers through the process of feeding rich streams of data from smart machine monitors into a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for monitoring and reporting, all using today’s cloud technologies. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

Scytec is the producer of DataXchange, a cloud-based manufacturing process control, data collection, and machine monitoring system. Colorado-based Scytec reports that clients experience productivity increases of 10% on average.

The data collected by DataXchange can be synced in real-time with modern CMMS, like Smartware Group’s Bigfoot, to assist manufacturers with aggregating and analyzing data for better asset management – and improved performance for machinery, equipment and building systems.

“A well-designed CMMS already gives maintenance professionals a significant advantage in terms of improving their operations to save on corrective maintenance, labor costs, and to increase machine longevity,” Lachance said. “And when ‘meter reading’ or smart assets are directly tied to CMMS, preventive maintenance can rise to a whole new level with predictive maintenance. With this linkage in place, CMMS can provide instant access to live data from equipment, building systems and production lines.”

For example, CMMS can create a PM calendar alert to generate a work order for routine maintenance on an Air Handling Unit (AHU) every four weeks, as recommended by the manufacturer. But suppose that same maintenance protocol could be followed once every 500 operating hours, rather than every four weeks.

Unless the AHU is running 24/7, those 500 hours of usage could stretch well beyond four weeks. When the CMMS receives meter readings directly from the AHU, it tracks the hours run and does not produce a work order until the unit actually nears 500 hours in operation. This marriage between smart machine data and the CMMS results in savings on parts and labor costs because it helps eliminate excess maintenance labor and parts spent on the AHU.

When data flows instantaneously from machine monitoring systems to a CMMS, it also becomes easier for the CMMS to identify when a malfunction is a false alarm. At the same time, the CMMS automatically captures true alarm events and triggers work orders for corrective action.

A CMMS can also set different variables for meter readings or other machine-produced data. In addition to “hours run,” it could check for “pressure,” “temperature,” “widgets produced,” and other indicators that alert the maintenance team to check on machinery operating outside of acceptable tolerance levels. The team can then act on that data, making adjustments as necessary to prevent equipment from breaking down or production lines from stopping.

“Maintenance professionals need to recognize how much power they have at their fingertips when machine monitoring data is directly connected to CMMS,” Davids said. “The synergy between a smart machine and a CMMS creates a win-win situation for everyone who taps into this formidable combination of technologies.”

Lachance and Davids will present their talk as part of the “Modernizing Maintenance and Inspection” track (Session F85) at FABTECH 2015 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 11:10 a.m. at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Smartware Group will spotlight its Bigfoot CMMS on the trade show floor in Exhibit Booth #C1522.

For registration and further information about FABTECH 2015, visit

About Scytec Consulting, Inc.

Scytec Consulting, Inc., founded in 2001 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO, is a leader in providing shop floor machine monitoring and control systems for the manufacturing industry.

Scytec’s DataXchange is a cloud and on-premise machine monitoring and data collection system that utilizes MTConnect, and Fanuc FOCAS, and hardware methods to collect from both the latest machines and legacy equipment. The system features unlimited real-time dashboards, alerts, and configurable analytics, while offering a zero commitment, month-to-month plan for the cloud version in order to make the many benefits of machine monitoring readily available to the industry.

Visit to set up a demo today.

About Smartware Group, Inc.

Smartware Group, Inc., headquartered in Center Harbor, N.H., produces Bigfoot CMMS for manufacturing, distribution, data centers, hospitality, mining, and energy & utilities industries.

Since 2002, Bigfoot has helped more than 10,000 users worldwide improve facility and equipment maintenance operations with advanced capabilities that include preventive maintenance (PMs) and predictive maintenance, work order scheduling, maintenance requests, asset life cycle management, parts replacement inventory, and built-in reporting. Bigfoot CMMS’ native functionality paired with its intuitive design allows maintenance professionals to implement the solution and get results quickly, often in a matter of weeks.

The Bigfoot solution earned a Bronze Stevie® Award during the 11th Annual International Business Awards in the Best Interface Design category. Experience the Bigfoot difference by accessing a free trial at today.

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