The typical manufacturing floor is made up of assets. Machines are assets and personnel are assets. The latter do a lot of communicating, the former do not. Even in it’s simplest implementation, the ability to have the shop floor visible means “knowing” what assets are producing and which assets are not.
An industry 4.0 floor is a monitored, managed, dynamic environment where resources are leveraged and utilized to their maximum potential. As the old guard changes to the new breed of manufacturing technologists, digital transformation is the requirement to be profitable.
Your company is engaged in a proof of concept project where a single system is connected to the network and enrolled into a manufacturing operations management system. The steps to deployment and commissioning of the machine along with a framework of objectives is critical to a successful POC
The playing field of applications, packages and systems appearing with mind boggling speed into the new Industry 4.0 universe produces a daunting task of comparison and identification of the tools that will make the cut. The ability of assessing strengths and weaknesses, identifying, and exploiting the weaknesses is critical to both the short term and long-term success
The ability for both the operations and the support engineering to work together tends to be a rocky marriage from the start, with neither side wanting to compromise their position. The introduction of Data Driven Manufacturing is the key to providing what both parties require, time.
MEMEX, with its visionary attitude, has been on the leading-edge of the convergence of the industry trends in Computing Power, Connectivity of Machines, Industry Standards, Advanced Software Technology, and Manufacturing Domain Expertise. MEMEX is the developer of MERLIN, an award winning IIoT technology platform that delivers tangible increases in manufacturing productivity in real-time.
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