Brown Machine launches interface portal for thermoformers

Beaverton, Mich. — Brown Machine Group (BMG) has launched a web- and app-based portal to access process data in thermoforming and product handling applications for both new installations and as a retrofit for most BMG machinery from the past several decades.

The platform, which is called Advanced Digital Readiness (ADR), enables operators, maintenance personnel and executives to securely interface with equipment in real-time.

The ADR tool can be customized so users can review how critical assets are running, analyze unplanned downtime, and improve operations through notifications when user-defined parameters are out of range. The alerts can be set as text messages or emails.

BMG staff provides training and support to help users make the most of the platform’s instantaneous feedback, customizability and “endless” reporting functionality, according to a news release.

The company says the platform, which is based upon industrial technology provided by ei3in Pear River, N.Y., is the first of its kind in BMG’s markets in terms of secure connectivity and IoT-based information to achieve maximum uptime and efficiency.

The coronavirus pandemic emphasized how important it is to build smart equipment and enhance remote service, according to John Block, vice president of purchasing and customer service.

“Although we were headed down the path to smart equipment prior to the pandemic, it accelerated our plans as customers need this technology; those who truly embrace and champion it will be more successful,” Block said in the release. “Exploiting every opportunity for advantage is key in today’s uncertain environment and we’ve got a product that can assist in multiple ways, starting the payback cycle immediately.”

Founded in 1952, BMG product lines include continuous and cut-sheet thermoforming equipment, tooling, automation and robotic systems manufactured by Brown Machine, Lyle Industries, Nalle Automation Systems, Freeman Co., and aXatronics.

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