Monarch, a leading supplier of high-end circular knitting machines, and BMSvision have entered into an agreement for the development, marketing, installation and service of a state-of-the-art Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the circular knitting industry. The system, based on the BMSvision KnitMaster architecture, is marketed as MMS – Monarch Monitoring System.
The system automatically collects all production data and sends it to the MMS server for real-time analysis and reporting by using the LAN interface board of the Monarch machine. It has developed an additional interface with the LGL feeders on the machine providing real-time information of yarn tension and yarn consumption in the MMS monitoring application. Older machines or machines from any other brand are connected by means of one of BMSvision touch screen-based data collection terminals.
MMS is available in three versions: MMS Basic for machine monitoring; MMS Plus, which includes also a complete scheduling software module; MMS Advanced as the full option MES system. With this co-operation, Monarch wants to support its customers in their path to digital, paperless production and offer them customised solutions for better utilisation of its machines, as well as for increasing its overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).