by Bruce Chantry
Equipment Portfolio Manager
The Lincoln Electric Company
Production monitoring allows users at any level of an organization to view pertinent live information about each welder and analyze performance at a highly granular level. These systems also help organizations track preventive maintenance activities and red flag welding related issues on any station in the production line, allowing engineers to prevent problems before they occur.
But, that hasn’t been the only marked evolution in these systems over the past five years. As larger companies with facilities in multiple locations embraced technology and the widespread means of mobile communications grew, users started to demand something even more user friendly, enabling them to access data, not only locally but also globally, on the fly from the road or in the factory at the welding station, from any device without relying on the company’s own computer servers and intranet access.
Simply connect the welder via Ethernet and login with a unique login and a secure password. Following set up, users can just log in and start tracking welding performance data on any welder in the system, all of which are identified by their unique serial number. It’s basically plug and play. All you need is an internet connection.
Mr. Chantry serves as Equipment Portfolio Manager at Lincoln Electric, which has just introduced its third generation production monitoring software package called CheckPoint™