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Actionable Information in Every Decision-maker’s Hands

iphone-oee-screen-line-downIf you are in manufacturing operations, you probably have an ever-growing thirst for factory floor data. And while the world around you seems completely connected, your plant is not. You have dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of plant floor assets that are operating in isolated silos. Your people are walking around with clipboards gathering production data, pulling quality reports, reading charts, collecting, collating, and compiling to provide some semblance of information. Or worse yet, you are going without any information at all. Where can you increase productivity? Reduce cost? Improve quality? Without ready access to actionable information you are losing out on a tremendous opportunity to improve your operation and your bottom line.

The Wave7 platform by NultyIQ is specifically designed to put actionable information about your assets into your hands in real time. This cost-effective platform is scalable; you can start with just one asset and add on from there. There is no need for a massive infrastructure; the Wave7 Droplets connect to your assets and communicate with each other forming their own network. Your data can be stored in the cloud, eliminating the need for investment in servers and storage. Wave7 is a native HTML5 application, which means it seamlessly integrates with all mobile devices so that you can access your plant floor information securely from your phone, iPad, or laptop. You can access this information securely from anywhere, at any time. Wave7 provides a variety of ways to turn your plant floor data into easy to understand, actionable information using modern, intuitive graphical displays and reports.

Contact NulytIQ today to learn more about Wave7 and how we can bring actionable information to you easily and cost-effectively.

About us: NultyIQ (pronounced NEW-LIT-IK, and short for new analytics) is a sister company to Concept Systems (www.conceptsystemsinc.com), a national award-winning control system integrator and automation solution provider. NulytIQ exists to fulfill a single, focused mission: Turn data into actionable information in real time, driving bottom line gains for our customers. NulytIQ’s Wave7 platform is built on the experience and knowledge gained over 15 years of providing plant floor control and automation systems to hundreds of large and small manufacturers across a wide variety of industries. We saw a common theme: factories operate in small, isolated islands of automation. And the information products on the market supposedly designed to connect these silos were costly and complicated, requiring a huge initial investment in servers, databases, software, and licensing fees. They were also built on old technology, limiting their ability to serve today’s need for Big Data. Finally, these platforms were built to serve the needs of other industries, not the ones we were serving day in and day out. We decided to turn the market on its head and take a completely fresh approach to this challenge. That’s how and why Wave7 was born; to provide a cost-effective, flexible, scalable information platform built on modern software architectures.

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Robotic controls double throughput

Concept Systems resolves coffee roaster infeed problems, doubles throughput with new robotic controls, 3D vision, and application-specific effectors.

coffee_robot_3D_modelBottlenecks can occur at every stage of the manufacturing process, limiting productivity and causing problems that increase production costs. Savvy production managers know that no matter what the process, and no matter what the current rate of production, there’s always a weakest link that can be improved to increase a factory’s contribution to the company’s bottom line. In this regard, the equipment that handles the infeed of raw materials is just as important as the machinery that does the processing. An advanced vision-guided robotic infeed system can double throughput compared to other methods. For example, a 3D vision system has helped a large coffee roasting plant increase its green bean infeed rate by 100%, while eliminating a safety and material waste problem that was costing the company 100,000 lb of lost beans per year.

The coffee roaster was having problems with a robot whose job was to unload pallets of 150-lb burlap bags containing raw beans and place the bags one-by-one on a conveyor ultimately feeding the roaster. The gripper on the end of the robot arm was pinching the bags awkwardly and causing them to tear, spewing coffee beans over the floor of the unloading area. The robot moved slowly and relied on “feel” and memory as it attempted to locate the next bag to move. As the plant is charged with processing some 650,000 bags of coffee beans per year, the cost of the robot’s errors in lost beans and lost productivity was mounting. Loose beans on the floor posed a safety concern. With these factors in mind, plant managers decided to upgrade the bean bag handling system, and enlisted the help of a system integrator with expertise in advance automation systems, including smart robotic workcells guided with machine vision systems. The control system used incorporates an advanced 3D vision system with high-end PC-based software to build a 3D model of the environment in which the infeed robot operates. Continue Reading →