Labeling Dictionary

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Machine cycle time
The time it takes for a machine to produce one unit, including the manual time it takes to load and unload.
Machine hours
The actual time recorded by a machine when used for production, and used in efficiency and utilization calculations.
Machine utilization
The measure of machine hours recorded against production vs. the hours available or scheduled for a given period.
Machine vision
Devices used for optical non-contact sensing to receive and interpret automatically an image of a real scene in order to obtain information or to control a process. Systems that use video cameras, robots or other devices, and computers to visually analyze an operation or activity. Typical uses include automated inspection, optical character recognition and other non-contact applications. Machine vision is extensively used in custom automated machinery and systems.
Magnetic brake
A brake usually mounted on a motor shaft with means to engage automatically when the electric current is cut off or fails.
Magnetic contactor
A device used to open or close.
Magnetic starter
An electrical device which controls the motor and also provides overload protection to the motor.
Make/buy analysis
The process that analyzes tradeoffs in costs and benefits between internal production of a given item vs. purchasing it from a vendor. It includes identification of true product costs, the impact of fixed overhead, facility capacity considerations, vendor capability and stability and other factors.
Products manufactured to specific customer order configuration and delivery time specifications.
Products manufactured for finished-goods storage before a customer order arrives.
Manual reset (Adjustment)
The adjustment on a proportioning controller which shifts the proportioning band in relationship to the set point to eliminate droop or offset errors.
Manual Reset (Switch)
The switch in a limit controller that manually resets the controller after the limit has been exceeded.
The characteristics considered in the design cycle that focus on process capabilities, machine or facility flexibility, and the overall ability to consistently produce at the required quality level instead of product elegance.
Materials handling
The process, which includes mechanical handling, of transporting and positioning raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in connection with industrial operations, by conveyors, cranes, trucks, hopper feeds, and other equipment. The movement, storage, control, and protection of materials and products throughout the process of their manufacture, distribution, consumption and disposal.
Maximum capacity
The most capacity that can be obtained from a given resource, as opposed to its planned or demonstrated capacity (as in a machine normally operated 10 hours a day with a maximum capacity of 24 hours/day). Sometimes used in what-if planning for stress or volume testing.
Maximum operating temperature
The maximum temperature at which an instrument or sensor can be safely operated.
A key event that defines the end of a phase or reaching a target or goal. Project management systems normally define milestones as activities with a zero duration.
One thousandth of an amp, 10-3 amps, symbol mA.
Unit of electromotive force. It is the difference in potential required to make a current of 1 millampere flow through a resistance of 1 ohm; one thousandth of a volt, symbol mV.
Minimum Pressure Accumulation Conveyor
A type of conveyor designed to minimize build-up of pressure between adjacent packages or cartons.
Protocol originally developed by Modicon, now part of Schneider Automation.
The recreation of an event or object in a controlled environment in order to predict results from that event or object.
A MODulator-DEModulator converts data to a form compatible for sending and receiving on transmission facilities.
Motion axis
The line defining the axis of motion either linear or rotary, of a segment of a manipulator.
Motion control
The application of moving parts in industrial settings including sequencing, speed control, point-to-point control, and incremental motion. Control options include timers and counters, chip-level and board-level computers, PLCs, and pneumatic sequencers.
Motion profile
The velocity versus time (or position) relationship of the move made by a motion axis.
A machine which transforms electric energy into mechanical energy.
Motorized drive roller
A hollow roller with a brushless DC motor inside.
Motorized pulley
A drive unit consisting of a motor, gears, pulley and shaft combination wherein the pulley face (rim) is the rotating member. The shaft is stationary and the gears and motor windings are within the pulley enclosure.
Abbreviation for Materials Requirements Planning.
Manufacturing Resource Planning is a software tool which enables a manufacturer to plan, allocate and track material and financial resources for a production process.
Multiloop control
A control scheme that incorporates more than one feedback loop in order to ensure more precise control.
A technique which allows different input (or output) signals to use the same lines at different times, controlled by an external signal. Multiplexing is used to save on wiring and I/O ports.
An I/O device that routes data from several sources to a common destination.

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