by John Hitch
The Truth is in the Machines
Prior to 2016, Carolina Precision Man- ufacturing, a nondescript machine shop about an hour’s drive north
from Charlotte, had 51 machines running
constantly to cut and mill components for
aerospace and specialized industrial uses.
In the morning, an operator would make
the rounds at each machine, recording
the previous day’s data and then manually
entering the numbers into the ERP. That’s
an arduous process that may have created
three hours a day of dead time for the
Then the company, which specializes
in CNC Swiss-turn, decided to make the
digital plunge and integrated Machine-
Metrics IIoT analytics platform into the
shop’s array of equipment.
“It’s a game changer as far as how we
go about our day, because with real time
data we can see what’s happening right
now and you go and respond and react to
that,” says former president Gary Bruner.
“It gives you a much better opportunity
to fgure out what’s going on and fx the
problem as it’s happening.”
Bruner says the manufacturer’s sales
lead spent one afternoon with the soft-
ware and newly collected data to cut dead
time and optimize areas in four programs,
resulting in a potential 900 hours of pro-
duction time for the year.
This is exactly the type of result CEO
Bill Bither and COO Eric Fogg envisioned
when they founded MachineMetrics in
Bither had a background in aerospace,
while Fogg worked for more than a decade
in machine shops. They met in 2010,
a time when manufacturers were the
ones getting grinded by the recession.
Fogg realized ineffciencies were caus-
ing his shop to bleed money and insert
bottlenecks, and set out to do something
“My boss would come down and say,
‘I need to ship 300 of these parts, and
we’re already a week late,’” Fogg re-
called. “I would say, ‘Well, there’s only
60 of them complete.’”
“What went wrong?” Fogg’s boss would
For Fogg to answer such a complex
question wouldn’t be easy.
“The thing about manufacturing, and
probably a lot of other industries, is that I
By pulling data, not just fnished parts, out of their cutting machines, shops
are fnding they have fewer questions... and a lot of savings.