More efficiency through Inline Measurement Technology
There are many possibilities to optimise processes in order to increase the efficiency of a production facility:
- Automating manual production steps
- Monitoring machine data for detecting their state and planning maintenance in order to reduce downtime
- Increasing the accuracy of the measurement to reduce the amount of defective goods
- Using statistical evaluation of the machine data and production data for adjusting processes
- Modernisation of the production facility
With the performant Inline Measurement Technology by ADDI-DATA these improvements can be realised. The intelligent Ethernet solutions of the MSX-E and MSX-Box series can be embedded smoothly in existing processes.
Advantages of inline measurement technology
- Very fast (cycle, reaction time)
- 100 % control of pieces is possible
- Early error detection (live!)
- Robust against environmental conditions
- High automation level
In order to improve processes reliably in the long term, the inline measurement technology has to meet high requirements. For example, interferences affect the accuracy of the measurement.
The challenges of Inline Measurement Technology
- Limited quantity of measurement points
- Integration into the production work cycle
- Limited space
- Flexibility (produced components)
- Interfaces: communication, security, implementation (resistant against interferences)
What is Inline Measurement Technology?
The term Inline Measurement Technology includes the following words:
In: during the process, between the various process steps (cycle-dependant)
Line: production line and the related machines and facilities in the production.
Measurement systems which are directly integrated in the production line are real all-rounders. They carry out more tasks than mere data acquisition: calculation or filtering of data, fast transmission of production data and direct process regulation are only part of the tasks assigned to the modern measurement technology. This implies high demands regarding the hardware, the electronics, the software and the available interfaces.
Acquisition of production data / machine data
Acquisition of machine data and production data helps analysing processes and process steps in production: machine running time, downtimes and number of pieces per hour. For this, data must be captured and transferred to superordinate software. Read more…
SPC – Statistic Process ControlSPC (Statistic Process Control) is used for monitoring and improving processes. The growing complexity of production facilities with high-precision machines and production processes in µm-range are a big challenge for process optimisation.
There are various reasons for modernising an existing production facility: Improve the security of processes and safety at work, improve the energy efficiency, accelerate production processes, raise the level of automation, improve productivity etc. From case to case it is important to examine what degree of modernisation would be useful.