TrakHound started out originally as just an open source dashboard application for MTConnect® but has grown into an exciting startup company focused on delivering IIoT solutions to the Advanced Manufacturing industry.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has quickly become known as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" as it brings entirely new technology and ideas to the industry. The Advanced Manufacturing sector (CNC, Robotics, etc.) has vast potential for increased efficiencies as well as new ways to communicate and collaborate using shared data. TrakHound's mission is to provide the industry with the most effective solutions and to increase the adoption of IIoT among companies.
While data collection has been implemented for decades, there is a new push that started with the introduction of the MTConnect standard. The MTConnect standard provides a way for machine manufacturers and implementers to work more efficiently. Instead of implementers having to learn how to communicate with each type of machine control, they now only need to design their applications to talk to MTConnect. This drastically cuts the development cycle time for basic communication and allows implementers to focus more on better application interfaces and uses. TrakHound is a software platform for using MTConnect for data collection and analysis. TrakHound collects MTConnect data, stores it in a database, and then can analyze that data for dashboards, reports, etc.
We don’t know yet the extent of what information we can gather from collecting this data and we may not know for years to come. That is why storing data now is so important. With large manufacturers leading the way, smaller companies must follow by building a repository of historical data to use in the future. TrakHound is designed for the future by storing data in a uniform way that uses the original MTConnect terminology. This data can then be analyzed over time with assurance that all data that was available at the time was collected and stored.
Since TrakHound is based in the USA, part of TrakHound's mission is to provide a cost effective solution for American manufacturers so they can increase their efficiency and stay competitive in the global market. TrakHound is based out of North Carolina which has seen much of its manufacturing leave over the past decades. Once known as a home for textile and furniture manufacturing, the state has seen many of those plants shut down and its manufacturing labor force has remained largely idle. A similar story can be told by many other states around the country as manufacturing costs fail to be competitive when compared to other nations.
New technologies and ideas provide a multitude of opportunities for American manufacturers to cut costs through increased automation and efficiencies. Creating and maintaining streamlined processes by using data analysis can be the edge they need to stay competitive. Sharing data can lead to better communication in the supply chain increasing the effectiveness of local job shops. Better communication on the shop floor can lead to less downtime and the ability to manage more personnel with less need for oversight.
Whether you are in the USA or not, TrakHound is dedicated to provide low cost data analysis solutions so you can regain the edge you need in order to stay competitive.