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Innovative Thinking

Why Inspection is Critical in Automation

The smartphone giant Samsung recently underwent a huge fiasco involving the batteries of its Note 7 mobile phone, primarily caused by lack of proper inspection apparatus within its plants. Incorrect assembly of a single battery component lead to multiple reports of fire and explosions by owners of the mobile phone, leading to a mass recall among with significant PR damage.

IIoT and CMMS Integration

The factory floor is getting major upgrades to bring it at par with modern technological advancements that have for long been adopted by the IT industry. The increasing popularity of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and the unstoppable wave of Internet of Things (IoT), is leading to new possibilities, one that would result in synergy through integration.

IoT refers to all gadgets, hardware and software that are connected over a network. Even a Bluetooth speaker at home connected to your smartphone is a viable candidate for the “things” that form IoT infrastructure. As more devices get connected to the internet, the possibilities of achieving automation increases. For instance, a handheld scanner connected to the internet, can scan an object through RFID/NFC technology and eliminate the need for any manual inputs, directly uploading data to the shipment portal.

When CMMS solution come into the equation, extra automation can be achieved as it can act as a hub for all communications. When facilities run online, connected to the internet, floods of data will be entered into the system. While this may undermine the capacity of the system, in the longer run it will be beneficial as companies will have more data to gain insights from, which would ultimately lead to greater intelligence. This gives way to the concept of Big Data.

CMMS analytical capabilities combined with personnel who hold the ability to interpret the vast amount of data would work together to provide actionable insights to the management, giving way to predictive maintenance. The data received from each asset will also become more intricate as the stats for a particular machine’s performance and health will increase along with the sample frequency.

For instance, let’s consider several generators connected to a CMMS. The parameters for each of these assets are continuously being monitored with the aid of a predictive maintenance algorithm. At some point, the need for maintenance will arise. With conventional systems, a CMMS will have lesser amount of actionable information to provide a set time frame at which maintenance becomes necessary. However, when assets are part of the IoT framework, personnel can gain accurate know-how of the workings of the generator, and the maintenance schedule is bound to be more accurate. This results in greater cost-savings and decreased downtime.

As maintenance managers get more insights into the future requirements, they can efficiently plan the resources-on-hand. The idea isn’t far fetched as companies have already started reaping the rewards, a prime example being that of Caterpillar.

A cohesive system that runs with the combined effort of IoT and CMMS will form the future factory floor, taking the stress off humans and limiting their activities to high-profile interruptions or maintenance activities. For instance, if a forklift is bound to go out of order, the CMMS solution will notify the plant manager of its condition, from whereon, an order can be automatically placed for the required spare part. Maintenance activities can be carried out once the part has been delivered to the factory during a time when the forklift is under minimal use, reducing downtime and interruptions.

The best way to keep up with this future trend is to indulge in self-education as there is no unified or standardized resource from which one can learn about the capabilities of IoT. By keeping in touch with software vendors, learning about the new features of your CMMS and evaluating your team’s capabilities, you can reap the rewards of these innovations and boost the return on investment and competitiveness of your organization.

 

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AI’s Impact on the Robotics Industry

 There is a considerable amount of confusion and misconception around the term Artificial Intelligence or AI, and its uses. Often thought of as something too difficult to understand, researchers have been working on it for decades now, and are trying their best to mainstream the idea into industrial applications.

Premier Automation To Open Washington, PA Location

MONROEVILLE, PA —In the near future, Premier Automation will begin operations at a new location near Washington, PA. The new facility will allow Premier Automation to more conveniently serve customers with increased capacity. The expansion will be located in an existing 66,000 square foot facility and will offer full engineering and manufacturing services. The new manufacturing space will be used to build large and small electrical controls to support the growing manufacturing base in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Ethernet Moves Closer to Process Controls

Process industries that are currently employing fieldbus-based devices and management software can expect a surge in their bandwidth requirements as Industry 4.0 takes full speed, making it vital for them to initiate the shift to Ethernet at the host level.

Industry 4.0 - Not Coming Slow

Industry 4.0 Market Research revealed that the global Industry 4.0 market would soar to $214 billion by 2023, surpassing the cybersecurity market on the way by 30%. This is well in line with the realities today as more industrial enterprises are shifting towards the paradigm that would bring improvements in processes ranging from manufacturing to material purchasing to supply chain.

KPI Best Practices

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are essential to effectively manage and keep track of organizational requirements, helping drive operational improvements. But determining KPIs for teams and individuals isn’t exactly straightforward and shouldn't be rushed into. Instead, a planned approach should be followed, keeping in minds the long-term operational goals that need to be fulfilled.

Proper Motor Load and Speed

With every passing year government regulations pertaining to industrial motors are becoming more stringent. This is combined with technological breakthroughs that are making Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) more efficient, leading to greater efficiency in motor designs and operation. It is well known that when an efficient motor is operated at low speeds it can limit losses in control applications.

Top 4 Best Practices in Robotic Grinding and Finishing

Robotic grinding and finishing are relatively new industrial concepts, with companies are still innovating standard practices that would ensure a high Return on Investment and long-term sustainability. Both concepts show a lot of potential, but site owners often run into problems related to efficiency.

The following four tips can help you ensure that your robotic grinding and finishing.

Smart Factory Security

Within a true Digital Factory, manufacturers have access to a variety of data sources, usually in real-time, spanning from commercial operations to the supply-demand chain. Accessibility to this data is vital for a factory to achieve goals of productivity and efficiency associated with Internet of Things implementations.