The original concept for their offerings was based on the need for a centralized system that could replace the myriad of excel spreadsheets that many companies use to manage and track production, maintenance, and quality data. The vision was to combine automatic data entry and human data entry into a reliable fact-based platform that could produce a multitude of interfaces and reports viewable real-time on any device with minimal key strokes or touches. Their latest product, Rockware®IMM™ (Intelligent Manufacturing Machine) was designed with the original concept in mind utilizing years of experience in implementing shop floor systems along with accumulated customer input.
We are practical and logical and truly understand the needs of our customers because we were once in their shoes
One success story that exemplifies how Rockware Corp. meets each customer’s unique needs involves a facility with over 70 injection molding machines. The Rockware Corp. team began by reviewing the data generated by the department in order to develop their own data collection method. Because the company could not plug directly into the processors to retrieve the data, they used their Rockbox™ X to bring electrical signals from each machine into a centralized system to gather data. Their next step was to install touch screens with their Cash Register™ interface for floor and operator input at every machine. To complete the project they added custom screens, video viewing, and plug in modules for process sheets. The solution provided by Rockware Corp. allowed the facility to eliminate the need for manual data collection and reporting, saving them time and resources. It also resulted in a significant improvement in overall equipment efficiency (OEE). The system eventually moved to other areas of the plant and expanded into traceability, quality, maintenance, and facility management.
As Rockware Corp. looks to the future, they are working to build their infrastructure and hire more employees to handle a larger customer base without reducing the quality of their products and services. As the Internet of Things (IoT) gains momentum, they are making that a standard option for their latest generation 6 product Rockware®IMM™. There is an initiative to add functionality to their existing machine side tablet Cash Register™ application as well as incorporating cloud-based servers as part of their solution offerings. Because their functionality has a higher ceiling than most systems, there is unlimited opportunity for innovation. Ray elaborates, “Complexity of reports is not limiting. Our approach is to customize our existing products to accommodate any request. As our customers develop and innovate, so do we. We have the coding ready to be fine-tuned to meet the needs of our customers in a fraction of the time that our competition would take to start from scratch. We can accomplish anything.”