Driving safety and efficiency within your facility
The Manufacturing industry has been a part of each Industrial Revolution taking place over the years, and with each one has used the new technologies to drastically improve the basis of its processes. With Industry 4.0 taking place, manufacturing has the opportunity for explosive innovation, through some truly remarkable technologies and digital transformation.
Many of the manufacturing companies that come to us in need of digital transformation tend to express the same problems that they are trying to solve:
Safety is a large concern amongst our customers, with trips/falls and poor maintenance leading to potentially serious injuries on the manufacturing floor and heavy liability costs.
Unplanned machine downtime is a costly issue across all of our customers. When a machine that is essential to operations goes down unexpectedly, it slows the entire manufacturing process and holds up production.
A vast majority of the companies approaching us don’t have an effective manufacturing software in place to store and analyze data, or manage workflows across their large teams. This creates very unorganized and inefficient factory management.
Acquisition of data is an important first step in the digital transformation of any manufacturing facility, as accurate data is an essential part of optimizing any process.
Intelligent cameras are an effective solution for safety on the floor of your manufacturing facility. With pose estimation technology, the cameras detect slips and falls and send real-time alerts for other workers in the area to respond to the situation. In the event of an emergency evacuation, the cameras are able to detect who is still inside the building and where they are located for quicker emergency response. Additionally, deploying pressure, flow, or temperature sensors allows you to gather data from certain equipment to provide you with accurate data points on equipment performance for further analysis.
Once you have your devices and sensors in place for collecting data, the next step is to implement a system to efficiently aggregate it to a central software interface.
Since manufacturing facilities typically exist in non-remote areas with minimal connection troubles, WiFi 6 and LTE are the best options for a cost effective, high speed aggregation method. With our software interface — Systems Quality Control (SQC) — you are able to store all of the aggregated data, customize workflows, and manage any day-to-day manufacturing tasks and assignments.
The next step is to ensure effective analysis methods are in place to perform intelligent analysis of your manufacturing data.
Artificial Intelligence gives you the ability to use software technology to determine when certain thresholds are met on your sensors, indicating a potential problem with your equipment. It can also be used to predict future equipment failures, eliminating any unplanned downtime. It is also an effective tool that is used in our smart cameras to determine if one of your employees slips or falls on the factory floor. With more advanced Machine Learning and Deep Learning models, all of your deployed sensors and cameras are able to continuously improve upon themselves and learn from each analysis they make.
The final step in your digital transformation is taking the data that has gone through the acquisition, aggregation, and analysis stages and turn it into actions to improve your manufacturing processes.
Data action can come in the form of Machine to Human (M2H) or Machine to Machine (M2M). M2H is driven by email and/or SMS alerts to your workers indicating a potential issue with your equipment, someone on the factory floor has fallen, or a piece of equipment is at risk of failure. M2M communications allow one or more machines to talk to each other and alter their processes to ultimately optimize their production output.
Let’s discuss your specific manufacturing transformation requirements, and find you the best solution from end-to-end.