AFC-Holcroft will be unveiling a significant new service to increase furnace uptime and availability through diagnosis of equipment event reporting. This system will also provide real, data driven Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) information that will enhance AFC-Holcroft’s ongoing continuous improvement activities. The new ‘Remote Diagnostic Service’ will be revealed during Furnaces North America, October 7-8, 2014.
This innovative service utilizes furnace data transmitted remotely for analysis. Equipment event codes are diagnosed so that corrective actions can be executed. In this way, AFC-Holcroft can help customers reduce equipment downtime by identifying the most common event codes and suggesting an appropriate remedy.
The Remote Diagnostic Service offers a complete package including the transmitting and analyzing of machine data, targeting of the most common or noteworthy events, identifying root causes, and periodic review with AFC-Holcroft via web conference.
The Remote Diagnostic Service can be combined with AFC-Holcroft’s Engineering Optimization Program, whereby a multi-disciplined team of furnace experts examine equipment data and provide a written report of suggestions and improvements. The Remote Diagnostic Service transmits the data automatically to AFC-Holcroft’s secure servers - eliminating the human time and cost associated with manually gathering historical data for the same purpose.
“The idea of using R&M data for continuous improvement is not unique or new. Suppliers and customers alike are all challenged with manageable methods to gather meaningful data to drive the process of continuous improvement,” stated Bill Disler, President and CEO. “We are looking at this initiative as the beginning of a new era where we will have the ability to interpret online machine data to directly drive our design decisions for the future and to help our customers optimize the utilization of our equipment in their unique plant environment.”
AFC-Holcroft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heat treating furnaces. The legacy companies that comprise AFC-Holcroft have a combined 225+ years of thermal processing experience. The company manufactures turn-key heat treating systems for applications including commercial heat treating, bearings, automotive, aerospace, mining, military, aluminum heat treatment, gear manufacturing, fastener manufacturing, and alternative energy industries.
AFC-Holcroft, headquartered in the United States, has a global reach with direct sales coverage in North America and worldwide, while AFC-Holcroft Europe serves major industrial markets in Germany, France, and other European locations. AFC-Holcroft’s Asian Operations manages partners in China, India, South Korea, and other countries in the region, and the company also extends into markets in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Spain, through relationships with partners, many of whom have manufacturing capability.