It’s easy to get swept away with the hype and lose track of what issues you are trying to solve it with technology. That’s something that Control 2K has been overcoming for the last 20 years. We are very much centred around the manufacturing sector and are always using technology to provide the answers for the common issues such as:
- Collect data from sources throughout the production areas
- Driving Process improvement by acting upon production data
- Provide Optimised Manufacturing opportunities through Digitised Data
Industreweb 4.0 is a manufacturing platform to join, rather than replace, existing technologies, with an emphasis on flexibility and scalability, Industreweb is the "glue" between systems.
Industreweb connects to all your sources of data providing real-time monitoring and decision making via its high-speed logic engine. It supports a wide range of interface standards such as OPC, ASi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, along with native support for most common PLC’s - Siemens S7, Rockwell / AB, Omron and Schneider.
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We are also working to connect shopfloor systems in the DIGICOR Project. Check out the work at www.digicor-project.eu.
Many manufacturers will have already considered automating repetitive or intricate tasks.
A fair few however, particularly SMEs, are yet to take those first steps.
A lack of knowledge and awareness of the specific benefits to be gained is one such barrier.
A common misconception is that a huge investment is required. Adoption can and should be done in stages. Often legacy machines will not need replacing but can be adapted.
X-STK are experts in control and automation products. As a division of Applied Automation with over 30 years of machine building experience, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help SMEs find a sensible path towards Industry 4.0 adoption.
04 Apr 2018 Sorion Electronics Ltd
Sorion’s Guided Assembly Solutions have been designed to maximise quality and prevent mistakes in manual parts picking and assembly tasks.
The award for ‘Digital Engineering / Technology’, for which we have been shortlisted recognises the company that has best used or developed software, technology or technical processes to solve problems and add value to customers.
As you may or may not know EMAS manufacture and supply 50mm and 70mm diameter Light Towers. A 90dB buzzer can also be added should an audibleÂ alert be required. EMAS Stand S230
Configit, the global leader in Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM), and Corevist, SAP eCommerce solutions provider, today announced their partnership to create an integration with SAP for variant configuration in eCommerce web portals.
Corevist clients with an SAP-integrated webshop can now sell their highly configurable products directly to customers in a web portal. Using Configit’s configuration engine and core Virtual Tabulation™ technology,
UK based IoT systems integrator, InVMA, today announced the launch of AssetMinder, its turnkey asset performance management solution.
Companies can now securely connect to all of their assets and use their data with cloud-based analytics to improve the reliability and availability of their assets, minimise total cost of ownership, and reduce operational risks for all their types of asset.
The launch builds on underlying IoT trends within the industrial and manufacturing industry to move towards a proactive performance strategy for assets, which supports multi-vendor asset portfolios removing latent integration issues.
Customers across any industry can now monitor and manage data from all types of sensors for properties such as location, level, temperature, moisture, humidity or flow and be alerted when pre-determined thresholds have been met. Key benefits include:
- Asset health management provides a unified view of the asset, virtually anytime, anywhere, to understand equipment performance and extend life.
- Improved asset reliability predicts equipment issues so maintenance activities can automatically be generated to remedy them at low impact times and avert costly unplanned downtime.
- Increased asset availability through continual monitoring and reporting, decisions about delaying or bringing forward planned maintenance are made with solid information and not reliance on ‘average duty’ schedules.
- Reduced costs. AssetMinder enables companies to keep track of spare parts, work orders, asset conditions and other critical data needed to make smart financial decisions regarding the management of key assets. For instance, AssetMinder reduces the amount of consumables stock that needs to be held as this can be automatically tracked and reordered through a workflow.
A flexible solution
AssetMinder is offered as a flexible hardware/software solution which includes connecting to assets using virtually any standard or proprietary protocol and also allows for the support of purely analogues signals too. InVMA have focused on what they do best and used best of breed to develop the solution. AssetMinder is powered by PTC’s ThingWorx platform and secured by Device Authority’s KeyScaler solution. InVMA’s hardware gateway, is manufactured by AAEON and provides connectivity to the platform.
“We’ve found customers today want a complete solution that allows them to monitor their multi-age, multi-vendor and multi-category asset estate and is easy to implement, open, scalable, secure and extremely affordable,” states Pat Nash, managing director, InVMA.
“We’ve responded with AssetMinder. Through a flexible SaaS pricing model and minimal on-going IT impact, the solution is easy to implement and accessible to even small companies.”
How it works
The customer assets are connected, via serial, USB or Ethernet port or analogue or digital I/O, to the AssetMinder Gateway. The Gateway monitors the data from the asset (and its own location), stores it and identifies when a data parameter has moved versus a completely configurable set of rules. The data pay load (up or down) is secured and sent to AssetMinder via 3G/2G where it is historised. The information is then displayed in a user-configurable dashboard which is displayed on a web-browser. Alerts via SMS, Voice or email can be configured.
“Building on 20+ years OT experience, we’ve removed the interoperability challenges that most other asset monitoring solutions experience,” explains Pat.
Following a successful pilot, critical power company, P & I is using AssetMinder. Alan Blair, Operations Director, P & I, comments:
“The AssetMinder solution from InVMA has enabled us to offer our customers a highly proactive, predictive approach to maintenance with unprecedented insight into asset performance. Remote, real-time analysis of generator and UPS performance is transformed into business critical information for our customers and heralds a new support model for P&I.”
AssetMinder is also offered as a fully customisable white label solution for other companies to take to market. By using this innovative technology, companies can avoid costly development and simply deploy an off-the shelf, fully configured and pre-tested architecture.
AssetMinder is available immediately.
29 Mar 2018 Codra Software Limited
Codra supports its clients as they go for digital transition by providing a global, interconnected SCADA platform. We have moved on from vertical integration of software packages, for it's time for the 360Â° approach where systems communicate and interact with each other.
Control and automation specialist, X-STK | Applied Automation will highlight the versatility of the hugely popular collaborative robot (cobot) with a number of add-on products that are now available at the Smart Industry Expo on 10, 11, 12 April, in hall 10 of the NEC in Birmingham on stand S140.
Visitors will be able to speak to experienced staff about their needs and to explore the potential for an automated solution that works for them.
With two Universal Robots, each with grippers, an OptoForce force touch sensor and a fixed and a mobile robot station/platform to carry out pick and place operations, this is an excellent opportunity to learn what collaborative robots are capable of.
There will also be live demos of Secomea’s secure remote access solution to help reduce downtime through monitoring and preventative maintenance all carried out remotely.
Control and automation specialist, X-STK | Applied Automation, will showcase leading secure, remote access products from Secomea on 10, 11, 12 April at the Smart Industry Expo in hall 10 on stand S140 at the NEC in Birmingham.
A live demo of the Secomea unit on the stand will show how easy it is to access a remote machine securely. This can then be monitored for preventative maintenance, diagnose faults and to update firmware. This can significantly reduce downtime and travel costs.