Monarch and BMSvision join forces to
bring Industry 4.0 to the knitting industry
Monarch, one of the leading suppliers of high-end circular
knitting machines and Belgium based BMSvision have entered into
a co-operation agreement for the development, marketing,
installation and service of a state-of-the-art Manufacturing
Execution System (MES) for the circular knitting industry. The
system, which is based on the proven BMSvision KnitMaster
architecture, is marketed as MMS – Monarch Monitoring System.
Using the LAN interface board of the Monarch machine, all
production data is automatically collected and sent to the MMS
server for real-time analysis and reporting. An additional
interface has been developed with the LGL feeders on the machine
providing real-time information of yarn tension and yarn
consumption in the MMS monitoring application. Older machines or
machines from any other brand are connected by means of one of
BMSvision touch screen based data collection terminals.
These powerful analysis tools allow quick identification of
bottlenecks resulting in optimal usage of production capacities.
In case a problem is detected on a certain machine, such as high
stop level, deviation in yarn feed, automatic alarm messages are
sent to the supervisors allowing an immediate reaction and
correction of the problem. Managers can build their own
personalized dashboards for a quick and transparent analysis and
evaluation of their KPIs.
The integrated job scheduling module automatically,
calculates the time needed for every single job and updates it
based on real-time information such as actual speed, efficiency
and stop level of the machine. By means of simple “drag & drop”
functions, the planner easily assigns jobs to machines.
MMS is available in three versions: MMS Basic for
machine monitoring, MMS Plus which includes also a complete
scheduling software module and MMS Advanced as the full option
With this co-operation, Monarch wants to support its
customers in their path to digital, paperless production and
offer them customized solutions for better utilization of their
machines as well as for increasing their overall equipment