In this article, we explain what ‘Smart factories’ or ‘Industry 4.0‘ can mean for your production.
In other words, Smart Factory is a facility where machinery and software work together through smart devices.
These smart devices are constantly monitoring the status of your equipment and is continously collecting the data coming from your machinery.
Also, this data can be used for different purposes and can enable benefits such as predictive maintenance, flexible production and process optimization.
For example, in Smart
Factory it is common to
use a cloud to
connect machinery with Artificial Intelligence.
This allows the whole production process to
be monitored in an easy and quick way.
What are the main benefits of implementing smart devices?
- The use of smart connectivity solutions allows devices to diagnose problems, providing instant feedback.
- Predicting potential faults and providing information for repairing parts in a machine. It has shown to be highly effective and cost-saving to use predictive maintenance smart devices to reduce downtimes issues.
- Smart devices components can be easily disconnected and reconnected, allowing future upgrades and extensions to be implemented quickly.
Sensors and Technology Enables IoT
The base for the implementation of the Smart Factory is the technology that makes data collection possible and understandable for the user.
The most common type of sensor used in manufacture industry is vibration.
The reason behind this choice is that it is the most efficient way to perform a fault diagnostics analysis.
Vibration sensors can provide a warning whenever pumps, electrical motors, bearings or other rotating machinery need to be performed maintenance on.
These types of devices can sense and avoid faults, as well as unexpected breakdown meanwhile the machinery is working.
In conclusion, the ability to act in time and avoid these types of faults is a powerful advantage that keeps production running optimally.
How to make a Smart Factory?
The traditional manufacturing process is lacking the ability to collect and analyses data.
Modular systems allows a more flexible production and increase the level of communication across each machine used.
Each device generates its own unique data, giving you the full view of your working site.
In Smart Factory, data needs to be communicated along the production process. By using intelligent devices, it is possible to monitor and control the whole process remotely as an intelligent Smart Factory.
Smart factory with Hexastate CONNECT CBM Solutions
Our solution is a ¨Smart Factory¨ ready solution, which is a combination of vibration hardware and predictive maintenance software that visualizes the data that has been collected and analyzed through any type of vibration sensor.
Hexastate CONNECT has a primary page that lists all monitored units.
Smart sensor increases awareness about what is happening on multiple levels, having a detailed status of each of your equipment under control.
How does HEXASTATE's CONNECT software work?
Hexastate software is powered by artificial intelligence, therefore we use advanced algorithms to predict and carry out a fault diagnostics analysis of your machine.
These AI analysis include everything from complex signal processing, machine learning and scientific research.
You can get extensive feedback and therefore be able to monitor the health of your machine.
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