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To achieve greater efficiency, visibility and speed of production in order to reduce the risk of breakage and loss of precious metals, the true measure of product quality is a much simpler overnight monitor.

Cyberis is the first test client in Switzerland for FANUC's MT-LINKi software for collecting and managing production data.

The identification of causes of breakdowns, machine downtime and other malfunctions has swiftly enabled the provision of improved streamlining of solutions. The production manager anticipates an additional 5% increase in machine productivity after just one month in service.

CYBERIS SA is a family company specialising in precision cutting, based in the heart of Switzerland’s Jura Arc region. A veritable laboratory of ideas, the company chose to partner FANUC Switzerland to become the first test client for the MT-LINKi data collection software. After just a month and a half in use, the trial is more than conclusive.

For more than 60 years, the Bourquard family has worked to raise the PIBOR ISO SA company to the very pinnacle of precision cutting. Watchmaking, jewellery, microtechnology and medtech companies are the company’s preferred sectors; they in turn enjoy the benefits of its superior expertise, supported by a range of machines that incorporate cutting-edge technology. At the turn of the millennium, the Bourquard family decided to purchase the Varin Décolletage company in Switzerland’s Jura region, which subsequently became CYBERIS SA. Driven by Cédric Bourquard, heavy investment and considerable organisational work took CYBERIS SA to a higher level of cutting for the production of screws, pins, tubes and other cylindrical components, dressing and watch movements in precious metals and special alloys. Acknowledged by RJC-COP and RJC-CoC certifications issued by the “Responsible Jewellery Council” for its sense of social and environmental responsibility, as well as for the traceability of its precious metal products, CYBERIS SA is now a benchmark company in its sector. The company is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 and has a fully integrated quality management system.

Under the leadership of Christian Zanetta since 2016, the company’s long-term sustainability is accompanied by its continuous investment in technology. With Patrick Frund, Head of ICT at PIBOR ISO SA, and Gaëtan Sprunger, Project Manager for both companies, the three managers combined their energy and skills to integrate the production data management software, MT-LINKi, designed by FANUC and recommended by its Swiss company, FANUC Switzerland. They were the first to do this in Switzerland. And they have been very successful, as we discovered in early December 2019.

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“We were seduced by the simplicity of MT-LINKi” “When FANUC presented the MT-LINKi production data collection management software to us, the simplicity of implementation and ease of use looked like it would ensure greater visibility, efficiency and speed for our production,” explained Christian Zanetta.

The complexity of most ERP or MES software does a lot to put many SMEs off because of how difficult they are to integrate. Being a test client integrating the first MT-LINKi software package in Switzerland did nothing to discourage the managers at CYBERIS SA; quite the opposite in fact. “The price of the software was very affordable (CHF 12,000.00 for 100 machines, editor's note), enabling us to try it without any risk to the business,” confirmed Patrick Frund. “And the aim at CYBERIS SA is to pioneer production methods,” added Christian Zanetta. Installed in production for just 40 days, the data management software was already connected to 95% of the production machines at the time of our visit.

The person responsible for this implementation was Gaëtan Sprunger, who emphasised how easy it was to install and implement the software: “All our machines, or nearly all of them, are fitted with FANUC CNC. All we needed was a physical network connection on the CNC to connect it to the softwarelike a plug-and-play system,” he explained. Thanks to the skills of the young IT specialist and the user-friendliness of the MT-Linkisystem, training and support offered by FANUC Switzerland were not needed for implementation. The only difficulties came from in-house software for managing the data of certain machines, but they have been resolved. The data gathered by MT-LINKi on the machine tools, robots and other numerically controlled equipment are collected using the FOCAS protocol on a dedicated PC. This data is accessible in its raw form, or in the form of tables and graphs, on any tablet or smartphone with authorised access, all thanks to Internet technology. In the workshop, a giant screen directly informs the machine regulators of the industrial reality achieved by collecting and analysing this data. 

MT-LINKi is already making us money

After exchanging the usual pleasantries, these were Christian Zanetta's first words when we met on-site at CYBERIS SA. “Workshop personnel were quick to see the positives in using MT-LINKi,stated Christian Zanetta. “Greater visibility of the risks of breakage and loss of precious materials, the true measure of product quality and much simpler overnight monitoring have all resulted in the team's acceptance of the software,” he added. The identification of causes of breakdowns, machine downtime and other malfunctions has swiftly enabled improved streamlining of solutions. The production manager estimates an increase in machine turnaround time of an additional 5% since the system was implemented. “An increase in turnaround time has a direct impact on machine profitability. With the corrective action permitted by the data analysis, the return on investment is already a reality,” confirmed Christian Zanetta. “What’s more, the openness of the MT-LINKi software will enable an efficient connection with our ERP system, whilst retaining significant ease of use, assured Gaëtan Sprunger. CYBERIS SA is therefore already able to collect and analyse a large amount of machine data, enabling immediate corrective actions. Some of the information is also collected for subsequent analysis in the longer term. Predictive maintenance activities will benefit from this, gradually superseding corrective maintenance - the source of costly machine downtime.

Additional control and security - promising prospects of expansion

“The MT-LINKi software is perfectly in tune with our business philosophy,” emphasised Christian Zanetta. “It enables us to progress to Industry 4.0, whilst valuing people, with a software tool that is easy for everyone to assimilate.” Since the early days, the workshop professionals have been invited to take time to get to grips with the software. FANUC Switzerland offers a day of training to facilitate this integration, but that wasn’t necessary for CYBERIS SA. “In time, everyone will have their own support for monitoring their machine data,” stated Christian Zanetta. The people responsible for this implementation are also emphasising data security, protected by singular wired transmission. The overall investment was less than CHF 20,000, taking account of material recycling and existing connections. “No cloud, no hacking possible, no network breakdown, no stalling for the business, quick and easy installation, an effective tool for a very reasonable price, what more could you ask for moving into the age of 4.0?” concluded Christian Zanetta. “Besides, we are not asking for anything more than a new installation, because we anticipate investing in MT-LINKi at PIBOR ISO SA from 2022,” announced Patrick Frund, just as we were about to leave. For FANUC Switzerland, this pilot with the first test client has been much more than a validation of the software’s qualities; it has also been a veritable leap for the client towards Industry 4.0. That was the objective that the developers hoped to achieve.            

Author Michel Pech

MT-LINKi at the heart of 4.0 connections

MT-LINKi is a software package for PCs connecting production machines to collect, manage and issue a range of information on viewable machines. Not only does it ensure the connection of FANUC CNCs, it also connects all numerical equipment controlled by other brands of PLC and CNC, such as robots or measuring machines, thanks to OPC-UA protocol. This software also contributes towards preparing machines for the Internet of things (IoT). The information originating from various collectors can thus be gathered and the data transmitted to the PC. This can then be forwarded to tablets or smartphones, according to predetermined access authorisations. The data collected by MT-LINKi can also be transmitted to a company supervisor responsible for MES or ERP (Manufacturing Execution System or Enterprise Resource Planning), to enable them to take account of the analysis of data gathered in controlling production. The MT-LINKi software is very accessible, both technically and financially. Workshop personnel and management can easily assimilate it as a tool to help them in their day-to-day work of factual analysis and sound management. Easy to implement, it enables all companies, large and small, to quickly analyse their production data to facilitate its optimisation within the context of the numerical factory.MP