Author: Paul Henriques in: Business Solutions

Shop Monitors

June 13, 2021

Technology is changing everything. From the way you interact with customers to the way you track your company performance.

The new industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, has many manufacturers flustered with issues like small batch orders and increased customization. This decade, which started with a shock, is putting pressure on you and the rest of the manufacturing sector.

But there is hope in the continuing adoption of new processes and tools. The key has been to get smarter:

  • Implement a single point ERP, like OnRamp ERP
  • Maximize your ERP reporting by ensuring you have accurate data
  • Implement Lean on the shop floor and in the office to cut your DOWNTIME

An often-overlooked component of a smarter shop floor is improving the data coming from your tools and machines. New smart machines are becoming more prevalent in the work space.

Adding Tool Data

These new tools come equipped with onboard devices that can tell you the cycle time of the machine, when it’s down, when it’s due for maintenance, etc. This is all crucial data if you want to maximize your machine productivity.

While you are not planning on replacing a workhorse with a digitally ready component, this doesn’t mean you don’t need feedback from the tool. Another issue that can arise is that you want to ensure that any data from the tool can be clearly understood by your ERP.

The act of tracking the data from a tool and generating data from its operations is performed by shop monitors. Most shop monitors will be able to track the following data and feed it to your ERP system:

  • Running Time
  • Cycle Counting
  • Parts Counting
  • Total Run Time
  • Downtime Tracking
  • OEE

More advanced shop monitors can also include the ability to:

  • Create maintenance work orders based on the preventative maintenance schedule
  • Monitor tool vibrations and component temperature to help you with predictive maintenance.

With all these additions, shop monitors offer you better data reporting for much less than the cost of a new machine while providing you all the key features of a new smart tool.

Shop Monitor Reporting

Most shop monitors can communicate via API with other systems but it is always best to be sure that your shop monitors and your ERP speak the same language.

Adding these crucial data points to your reporting structure allow you a smarter view of your shop which can allow you to make faster decisions and production changes to take advantage of the new normal for customer requirements, like smaller batches and more customized products.

OnRamp Shop Monitors

OnRamp Solutions makes shop monitors that communicate directly with the OnRamp ERP system to ensure that any data you need from your tools is registered and interpreted correctly. Adding the OnRamp Shop Monitoring System to the OnRamp ERP Modules, such as (Planning, Inventory, Shipping, Purchasing, Sales, Engineering Documentation, HR, Financial, Quality, and Maintenance) will help your firm become an Industry 4.0 contender in your sector.


  • Paul Henriques

    Paul Henriques is the current Manager for the Documentation and Training team at OnRamp Solutions Inc. Paul has over 15 years of experience in writing training material and documentation for various software companies. Having had to learn OnRamp ERP to better document it’s features and write training material; Paul is constantly stunned by the amount of thought that goes into each feature and the capabilities that are within the program, with features for all the various business units of a manufactory. Paul spends most of his free time keeping up to date on all the latest news and best practices for the manufacturing sector. Paul’s favorite manufacturing quote: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” – Henry Ford

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