US Patent No. 10,203,686

OPERATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR DIRECTLY DISPLAYING WORK INSTRUCTION BASED ON OPERATION MANAGEMENT INFORMATION ON MACHINE TOOL


Patent No. 10,203,686
Issue Date February 12, 2019
Title Operation Management System For Directly Displaying Work Instruction Based On Operation Management Information On Machine Tool
Inventorship Masaki Tanabe, Yamanashi (JP)
Assignee FANUC CORPORATION, Yamanashi (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,203,686

1. An operation management system in which a plurality of machine tools that operates based on an operation by an operator are connected to a management server via a network, whereinthe management server includes
a schedule information storage unit that stores schedule information representing information on a work schedule of the operator conducting work with the machine tools,
a notification analysis unit that analyzes notifications transmitted from the machine tools,
a schedule management unit that specifies a machine tool to be used by the operator in a next work process among the plurality of machine tools based on analysis results of the notifications analyzed by the notification analysis unit and the schedule information, and
a guide information generation unit that generates guide information for guiding the operator to the machine tool specified by the schedule management unit, and transmits the generated guide information to one or more machine tools that are under the charge of the operator among the plurality of machine tools, and
each of the plurality of machine tools includes
a guide information analysis unit that analyzes the guide information transmitted from the management server to generate information for guiding the operator to the machine tool to be used in the next work process,
a display unit that displays the information for guiding the operator to the machine tool to be used in the next work process, and
a notification generation unit that monitors the operation by the operator and transmits a notification representing a status of the work by the operator to the management server, wherein
the guide information analysis unit is configured such that:
when an analysis result of the guide information shows that the machine tool to be used by the operator in the next work process is a machine tool embedded with the guide information analysis unit, the guide information analysis unit generates information indicating that the machine tool embedded with the guide information analysis unit is to be used by the operator in the next work process, as the information for guiding the operator to the machine tool to be used in the next work process; and
when the analysis result of the guide information shows that the machine tool to be used by the operator in the next work process is a machine tool other than the machine tool embedded with the guide information analysis unit, the guide information analysis unit generates information representing a direction of the machine tool to be used by the operator in the next work process when seen from the machine tool embedded with the guide information analysis unit, as the information for guiding the operator to the machine tool to be used in the next work process.