Omron Factory uses Microsoft Big Data fo find productivity gains

In a recent project to improve productivity at Omron’s Kusatsu plant, engineers wanted to support anecdotal reports from plant-floor operators with real-time information. Their goal was to identify and assess continuous improvement projects with real-time data. To realise this, the factory traced products through the manufacturing processes to analyse where improvements can be made.   […]

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The i3 Intelligent Control Station | the best things in threes.

  IMO’s i3Cube offers system builders and OEMs an Intelligent Control Station combining PLC and HMI for small applications, with lower cost, simpler installation and faster configuration. There is a choice: three basic modules with keys and touch screens up to 320 x 240; three built-in I/O options (including none); three communications options including Ethernet. […]

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Pumping station software optimises energy and reduces leaks

The modernisation of hardware and software in a large scale water supply system has improved the overall operational effectiveness of the entire operation and delivered a 51% reduction in power consumption. It has also enabled the supplier to reduce outlet pressure, leading to an 8% fall in emergency call-outs.   In 2015, Samara Municipal Systems […]

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Guided operator solutions remove manufacturing assembly errors

    Guided operator solutions remove assembly errors for manufacturer.   Assembly cells making several different products in one work-space have a high potential for operator error. Mitsubishi Electric’s Pick-to-Light guided operator system has removed errors by controlling the picking sequence using lights, doors, operator terminals and touch sensors. A test cell recorded a huge […]

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Why OEE is the business of machine builders too

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) identifies how effectively a manufacturing operation is utilised, but Omron argues that it is not routinely discussed with an organisations machinery suppliers, with the focus instead tending to be on areas such as baseline speed, cycle times and overall performance.   By consider their customers’ OEE during machine design, machine builders […]

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