Despite increasing competitive and regulatory pressures, medical device manufacturers have an opportunity to seize a significantly growing market. Streamlining operations through automation will be key.
Machine vision is freeing robots to seek work beyond the kinds of highly repetitive jobs typically found in mass production. The gift of sight makes them cost-competitive even in moderate volume production applications.
Integrating different equipment types is more than just making sure they can keep the plant running. Making sure everything communicates effectively can also bring people, suppliers and customers together.
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A portable gas separator provides an alternative to flaring off natural gases from shale oil operations. Pioneer Energy needed a control system that could handle the complex processes, but could also operate reliably in remote shale fields.
A common theme at PACK EXPO 2015 was the need to ease machine integration using intuitive programming software that accelerates engineering and the commissioning of equipment, as well as provides access to more OEE information.
A Canadian copper mine faced considerable safety and monetary issues because of its inability to accurately measure an area of crushed ore storage with laser, ultrasonic or radar technologies. Low-frequency acoustic measurements helped change that.
Research shows growth in machine and computer vision systems as food and beverage manufacturers look for help with quality control and traceability, and non-industrial sectors realize the value of “seeing” everything.
If data historian vendors want to avoid disruption, expand the user base, and deliver on the promise of IIoT use cases, solutions must bring together all types of data into a single environment that can drive next-generation applications.