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About FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics

The UK’s first machine monitoring platform that works for any CNC machine, in any factory.

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How FourJaw Made Manufacturing Analytics Accessible

FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics was founded by Chris Iveson and Robin Hartley from within the skunk-works of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

While in the AMRC, Chris and Robin both understood the necessity of real-time data analytics in creating an efficient factory floor. They soon discovered that many SMEs were unaware of their true productivity levels owing to insufficient or even non-existent machine monitoring solutions on their shop floors. It turned out that this predicament was largely a result of the high cost and complexity of traditional machine monitoring systems, which lead to the consensus that accurate machine monitoring was a luxury only afforded to larger manufacturers.

As a result, they both realised the need to develop a manufacturing analytics system that was simple to set up and use, affordable, and capable of helping manufacturers in identifying areas where they can improve efficiency.

The result was FourJaw, an innovative manufacturing analytics platform that can be easily installed on any and all CNC machines.

Meet the Founders

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Chris Iveson MBA

Founder and CEO

Chris has a background in engineering and product design. He forged a successful early career developing: mechanical seals for AESSEAL; consumer products for Morphy Richards and Evolution Power Tools; and while at the AMRC, various products for industries spanning medical devices, aerospace and additive manufacturing.

Due to this background, Chris has extensive experience as a user of the CAD/CAM systems that feed into CNC machines, and has worked with local and global manufacturers to produce his designs on spec, on price and on time.

While at the AMRC, Chris completed an Executive MBA specialising in Advanced Manufacturing Management, which lead to a career change into Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager: translating the AMRC’s world-class research outputs into industry.

Chris is motivated by the burning desire to turn nothing into something in a way that solves a real problem for real people, and creates real value in the process.

This is why he decided to set up FourJaw.

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Robin Hartley MEng

Founder and CTO

Robin studied a Masters in Engineering and started his career in the renewable energy industry, managing on-site commissioning activities and completing technical due diligence on energy-from-waste plants.

On evenings, Robins’ passion was developing computer automation products which he sold to hobbyists and hackers worldwide. It gave a first taste of entrepreneurship and was a serious technical skill builder, requiring software development, electronic design, and small-batch manufacturing.

On a chance sales call to a contact at the AMRC, Robin was offered a job in the Machining Group where he took up a research position developing software to improve CNC machining processes. Robin spent several years in this role, working closely with shopfloor staff to understand the intricacies of machining processes and the data they produce.

Robin founded FourJaw with the mission of delivering productivity and profitability improvements to the manufacturing industry through machine monitoring technology. In pursuit of this mission, Robin has been awarded an Enterprise Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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