Stepping Toward the Future of Process MonitoringMarch 21, 2019
|Status charts, annotation notes and to-do lists displayed via an interactive touchscreen display, deliver digestible insights into how well the factory operates.|
The most influential trend within the sector right now is Industry 4.0—the updating of plants and machinery to create digitiized smart factories, allowing manufacturers to be more flexible and, in turn, better able to meet market demands. In practice, through the Internet of Things (IoT), everything connects, from machinery through to the supply chain, placing data firmly at the heart of the modern factory. With every element of a facility—including legacy machines—potentially capturing data, processes can be optimized more effectively.
Improving Visibility of Every Process
Sensors fitted onto all types of machinery allows for data gathering in real time, delivering a host of process-monitoring benefits, from the ability to conduct production quality checks at the point of manufacture, to system health checks and continuous monitoring.
To make the most of this data and enable the process of continuous improvement, manufacturing plants must be able to process data immediately. Digital solutions make it simple to collect, process and visualize relevant data. The equipment presents vital performance figures and statistics in real time. One example: Bosch Rexroth’s Active Cockpit. Harnessed directly from sensor-fitted equipment, complex raw data translated into status charts, annotation notes and to-do lists, displayed via an interactive touchscreen display, deliver digestible insight into how the factory operates. This allowsfor more accurate decision making on the shop floor as well as rapid reaction with minimal effort. Production lines can maintain their flexibility and continue to run efficiently, with small changes made as soon as the data identifies a need.
With this knowledge, facility managers can ensure the smart operation of their factories, with targeted process monitoring taking place continuously. Faults can be identified earlier, leading to fewer equipment failures and reduced downtime.