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Technological basis to transform a traditional cable factory
into a Smart Factory
The Smart Factory is quickly becoming a real place
where the technology developed under Industry 4.0 will be put into work,
connecting real machines with information technologies, and the Internet will increase the factory productivity, eliminate wastage, reduce costs and save money
All the production lines are connected to the factory network where authorized application can easily gather the information needed from anywhere and perform the tasks without boundaries. The HMI app installed in portable devices allows employees to cooperate and operate multiple lines at the same time, apply predictive maintenance, gain early warnings, etc.
Different ways to connect SmartFA-S7
Depending on whether your plant has Pioneer Machines lines or not, the distributed devices can be controlled either directly, via Native IoT (Internet of Things)connection, or indirectly, via Gateways, to translate their signal into an industrial standard Ethernet protocol, (for other suppliers lines).
For old lines which do not have integrated IoT components, it is possible to implement an integration solution to upgrade the electric control system and be able to full control SmartFA-S7.
For lines without accessible source code, whether it is locked or protected, it is possible to implement a distributed I/O system to “peek” the signal from their sensors or PLC I/Os,
(this option only allow us to acquire data).
Data Monitoring & Interaction and Digital Workflow
With all the production lines connected to the factory network based on IoT, any authorized application can easily gather the information needed from anywhere and perform the task without boundaries. This is achieved by enabling devices to communicate directly with the software regardless of their manufacturer to transmit and evaluate data, to determine whether action is required, to inform service engineers, operators and managers for rapid process as production proceeds, and to improve the efficiency of the factory.
Once everything is connected and all data are collected, the Digital Workflow system with a relational database is applied to link everything up. The system not only helps planning and performing the operation but also establishes relationship between each material, process, operation and production line.
With these relationship it becomes trivial task to trace back all quality issue and give to the end user
the confidence with a perfect product history.
SmartFA-S7 records and analyzes data in real time, analyze scrap levels,
boost the production performance, detect faults before they turn into problems,
reach target quality while reducing the overall operational costs, etc.
One thing is certain, Industry 4.0 is coming. Companies that use new technologies are more competitive
because they produce at lower costs and meet customer needs with more flexibility.
Companies that are ready to implement Industry 4.0 now will actively shape and lead the industry.