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Improving Automation

We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

Automation may seem like a relatively modern concept, with its buzzworthy contribution to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and already monumental importance to the future of global enterprise. However, the technological birth of automation as we know it today dates back centuries.
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The first recorded use of automation control was a feedback control mechanism used to tent the sails of windmills, patented by English inventor Edmund Lee in 1775. Automation came to America in the late 18th century with the centrifugal governor, invented by Scottish mechanical engineer James Watt in 1788 to help regulate the admission of steam into the cylinders of his steam engine. American inventor and engineer Oliver Evans later used the centrifugal governor to adjust the gaps between millstones in his automatic flour mill, making this the first completely automated industrial process in history.

The innovations snowballed from there, culminating in a present-day automation boom. In 2016, automated mining, retail, security systems, highway systems, waste management systems, homes, offices, and industrial plants are no longer pipe dreams, but exciting realities with lush opportunities for growth.

For a more detailed assessment of automation’s leaps and bounds over the past few years, Quality asked two automation insiders for their takes: John Neeley, product manager of mobility solutions at Fluke Corp.; and Michael Lindley, vice president of business development and marketing at Concept Systems Inc.

What recent strides has your company made toward improving automation, and how do these strides fit into the broader automation landscape? Continue Reading →

Humans and robots work safely together

projects-roboticsTogether, humans and robots can achieve new levels of efficiency and productivity that neither could achieve alone.

A collaborative robot interacts directly with a human in a defined cooperative workspace, which allows both to safely perform tasks simultaneously. This new frontier creates a wealth of new opportunities for robots and humans to work safely together.

A risk assessment is an important first step. As we’ve learned in our work with customers, the best approach is to let the robot adapt to humans.

Learn more about standards and the guidance they provide. Continue Reading →

Real-time, Actionable Data at a More Affordable Cost

wave7-ipad-200x160Concept Systems works with manufacturers in many different industries. And while they each face different automation challenges, there are some striking similarities.

One thing we see in common, especially with directors and executives, is the desire to have actionable data presented in a clear and concise dashboard. They want to be able to see instantly how a machine, a production line or an entire manufacturing floor is performing.

Often companies gather data after the fact – at the end of a shift, week or month. But that doesn’t allow managers to make decisions and corrections when they matter most. Companies that have easy access to real-time performance metrics can make timely decisions that have a direct impact on the bottom line.

Software providing this kind of information has been available for a while, but it typically has been offered via a large enterprise-wide platform. Concept Systems is excited to announce that this is about to change. Concept is proud to introduce Wave7’s Starter Kit, a powerful real-time performance data interface offered at a far more affordable price point.

Concept Systems’ sister company Wave7, has developed a software appliance that resides on top of a machine center control system, and provides Key Performance Indicator dashboards to Web-enabled computers or tablets and smartphones. The appliance has been designed to fill a visible need in the market – especially for small to mid-size organizations that are looking for lower cost and quick deployment.

To learn more about Wave7’s Starter Kit or to discuss some of the many ways Concept Systems is working with our clients to address their automation and business challenges, CONTACT US HERE.