Now that you are familiar with the Amper hardware, we will begin our overview of the Installation. This article will provide an overview for the installation process and the articles that will help guide you through that process along with some considerations that you need to make before starting your installation.
We are committed to getting you up and running with Amper as soon as possible. Properly installing the hardware on your machines is an essential part of that. What should you expect during this process?
Hardware Shipment Choices
Before we ship your hardware there are a few choices you need to make based on your specific factory's needs. The two choices you will have to make are the type of sensors your machine will need and the type of Gateways to use for connectivity. See the article Hardware Choices for information on the choices you will be making.
Wi-Fi Gateway Configuration (Wi-Fi Gateways Users Only)
If your factory opted for Wi-Fi gateways, you will need to configure both the Gateways as well as the IT configuration on your local network. Our articles Connectivity: IT Configuration for Wi-Fi Gateways and Connectivity: Configuring Wi-Fi Gateways will help walk you through that process.
Gateway and Aggregator Installation
Once you have your hardware and your connectivity method is sorted out, you will have to install the Amper devices on your machine. Our article Gateway and Aggregator Installation will guide you through the process to properly install the Gateway and Aggregator onto your machines.
Sensor Choice Placement and Installation
Once the Gateway and Aggregator are in installed, the final piece of hardware required are the sensors used to monitor the electrical current. Read through our article Sensor Choice, Placement, and Installation for guidance on installing this piece.
Installation Form and Calibration
After you are finished installing the hardware on all of your machines, you will have to provide us with a list of the specific devices attached to each machine along with some additional information. After this is sent over we can begin the process of calibrating your machines. For more information see our article Installation Form and Calibration.
Validation and Go Live
After the calibration is complete, we want you to have confidence in your data. With our data validation process you can have the piece of mind that your data is fully accurate and that you are ready to begin improving your operations with Amper. Additionally, your Customer Success Manager will reach out to begin the on-boarding process and provide you training and guidance when using Amper. See our article Validation and Go Live to see more about this step.
Schedule Time to Turn Off Machines
Installing your Amper hardware requires access to both the machine and the machine's power panel. Set aside some time to turn each machine off so you can open up the machine's power panel and avoid any disturbance to your machine operators. Opening machine power panels while the machine is running is dangerous to both the user and the machine and should never be attempted.
Plan Installation Time with Maintenance Staff
Since the installation will be done partially in the machine panel, it is essential to have a member of your team who in knowledgeable of the inside of CNC machines. In most facilities this will be a member from your Maintenance or Engineering staff. Make sure to discuss availability with the proper team member to ensure they are available to assist.