How to monitor the coating line remotely,
preventing machine stops and optimising performance

cMaster is Cefla Finishing's IoT software operating in the field of remote control from the machines. cMaster ensures machines connection and consequently, immediate access to machine/line data from all over the world, at any time of the day and from any device connected to the internet through a web-based application.

With cMaster you can improve your levels of control over your line and individual machines:

  • Access machine information remotely
  • Improve the performance and efficiency of your machines
  • Optimise and speed up technical tasks and maintenance
  • Order spare parts directly and get specific recommendations for your line
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Real-time productivity data

cMaster is the software with which you can your manage machine maintenance schedules, download documentation, and have timely productivity reports. In other words, it allows you to know at all times how your machines or lines are working.

If you have a medium-sized line and want to enhance the efficiency of ongoing processes, cMaster can monitor the performance of each single machine and allows you to remotely access productivity data, manage alarms or monitor other operating data of the connected machine.

cMaster is also suitable for more complex spray or roller coating lines, for systems with digital printing or edge lines, where specific solutions and know-how are required relating to coating/finishing and digital printing needs. Thanks to cMaster and preventive maintenance, we can help you avoid machine downtime by offering you access to a prompt assistance service from anywhere in the world.

Control of the entire coating line and instant production data remotely

cMaster provides you with a history of productivity statistics and a digital tool for simplified maintenance management.

Can I also check production data from home?
From your own smartphone or tablet, you can independently check the status of production remotely, from anywhere in the world and at any time.

How do I know what maintenance steps to expect according to the service schedule?
In cMaster you can monitor the digital list of maintenance operations, made progressively smarter by the increasing availability of punctual machine working data. cMaster is a key enabler of remote assistance services.

What can I learn about my output rate and methods so far?
In cMaster you can have access to information from your machines: you can independently monitor production data (number of workpieces produced, total coated/printed surfaces) and view the production history.

Thanks to cMaster you can be up-to-date on the status of your plant/machines even from outside the company, with the possibility of carrying out time-based searches to check what happened at a specific time and/or whenever you were not on the premises.


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How to prevent critical issues and avoid production down-time

The most recurrent problems affecting production efficiency (and therefore, turnover) are due to machine downtime, caused by locking alarms.

Machine downtimes are also caused by critical issues affecting machine components due to wear and tear or due to unscheduled maintenance actions.

In this scenario, it is essential to take prompt action to resolve these issues so that the production cycle can be resumed.

Using a monitoring software such as cMaster also allows you to stem these problems thanks to the detailed information that is provided to you and that you can decide to share with our Service by using a specific service package, without having to stop the production line for a prolonged period of time; if spare parts are needed, you can also order them directly through cMaster.

What are the main advantages that I can enjoy thanks to cMaster?

  • Production monitoring, filing of instantly available data: temperature, power values, machine states, etc.
  • Access to the production data history: pieces produced, coated/printed surfaces, realtime variable alarms (instant analog values), etc.
  • Monitoring of active alarms and real-time notification to smartphones and tablets
  • Access to the dedicated scheduler page listing the maintenance services to be performed with the relevant deadlines, being able to check the operating procedures for each action
  • Access to machine health status overview through real-time readings of individual machine components and related information, represented in a visual, simple and user-friendly way
  • Direct Access to Support: direct and immediate feedback from the Cefla service staff for any doubt or problem
  • Direct download of useful documents
  • Direct access to the Spare parts section to order spare parts.
  • Export of machine data for the creation of specific models and trend analyses

Frequently Asked Questions

What does digitizing my factory mean?

Firstly, digitizing your factory means converting production processes by moving away from traditional systems towards highly automated, interconnected ones that also act as a rich data source. As we see it, this digitization makes sense if it allows your company to remain competitive, cut costs and maximise profits.

What data is available to me? What do I need it for?

The available data ranges from traceability data - stored by our cTracker line supervisor which saves all events, alarms and plant parameters, associating them with production batches - to detailed data on individual machines (telemetry) and the production statistics managed by our IoT product, cMaster.

Can my competitors see my data?

Absolutely not! We use commercially available, secure, certified remote assistance software. Security assessments carried out together with our specialised partners ensure top-grade data confidentiality. They also ensure the data is readily available and safely stored.

Can machine downtimes be predicted?

There are several ongoing projects concerning analysis of the data collected by our Ubiquo software tools. The goal is to anticipate any problems and provide services that are both predictive and proactive:
- to improve performance
- to prevent finishing line breakdowns and stops
- to reduce spare part and finished product stocks.

How can I know whether the coating system will cause problems after assembly?

Our unique know-how allows us to process all operational data and extrapolate from it the tasks needed to pro-actively improve the output of coating processes and ensure their stability and repeatability.  Note also that our extensive experience in the field gives our solutions exceptional efficiency.

Is there something that allows me to monitor my coating process?

Of course. At all times cTracker, our line supervisor, lets you:
- set up and check the entire line from a single point
- trace workpieces on the line
- export alarms/production reports
- exchange information with your internal company systems.

How can I know whether the production process is working properly?

Our line supervisor, cTracker, provides you with an OEE/KPI section that lets you monitor line capacity and productivity. And you're not alone! We provide customers with expert technical support both locally and globally. A far-reaching network of branches, agents and affiliates provides authorised, highly qualified technical assistance. We also provide remote assistance by providing immediate answers to on-line questions, thus ensuring real-time situation monitoring and accurate diagnostics as regards both technical aspects and the process.

How can I get an overview of the whole line from a single point?

Our cTracker line supervisor has been specifically designed to control our machines from a single point on the line. In fact, on large-scale lines with multiple machines, it would be unthinkable to manage production changeovers and modify parameters or work recipes via the control panels on each individual machine. That's why the cTracker solution manages everything via a single screen at the beginning of the line.

How can I simulate my production process?

Simulation is a valuable tool, hence the introduction of a pre-sales service called cCloner. More specifically, this line simulator can:
- show a realistic 3D configuration of the line layout: a sound, reliable picture made up of measurements, 3D imaging and objective data.
- provide accurate line operation simulation: to prevent problems, avoid machine downtimes and have more general information right from the design stage.
- simulate real productivity and consumption: finding the best configuration gives you a realistic forecast of the situation, also in terms of productivity and energy/heat consumption.

Is there an alarm system to tell me if something is wrong?

Yes. Alarms are an essential part of the machines as they provide information vital to the prevention of downtimes and the easy pinpointing of problems. Together, the individual machine control panels, cTracker line supervisor and IoT cMaster ensure you have detailed alarm lists available at all times. With cMaster you can also get automatic notifications on your mobile devices to keep you informed wherever you are.

Can I buy spare parts directly via the machine?

Yes, cMaster now features a Spare Parts section (available on enabled machines). This feature lets you put in a request directly via the virtual Web App cart, thus speeding up the spare parts management and retrieval process.

Is there a plant maintenance planning tool?

The IoT cMaster tool features a Maintenance section where you're offered maintenance services, grouped by function. The software manages scheduling and reminds you of deadlines according to actual machine running times.