Use Cases Manufacturing System Automation

Manufacturing System Automation

An automated manufacturing system is the total integration of software and machinery used to create a system that performs manufacturing processes autonomously through computer programming.

Without automated manufacturing systems, factory output would be vastly reduced, production would be very time consuming, working conditions would be less safe and quality control would be extremely difficult. Employees would need to work twice as hard to achieve in a day what they can now achieve in an hour with automated industrial systems.

 

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Automated Inspection of Axial Piston Motors
Automated Inspection of Axial Piston Motors
Earth moving machines require an immense energy source to provide the power they need for use within civil engineering works. ‘Hydraulic Motors’ allow this power to be applied to enable the machines movement and in addition ‘Control Valves’ also provide the operator with the precise feel and control required to undertake the necessary tasks needed for such machines, including trenching, rock breaking and demolition. These same motors are also used in cranes, wheel loaders and general construction equipment. Though not a new product, the designs of such motors and control valves have been around a few decades, the overall method for manufacture has changed rapidly over the last few years to take account of the need for more modular designs, manufacture and just-in-time manufacturing. Kawasaki Precision Machinery (UK) Ltd based in Plymouth, UK is one of the leading manufacturers of such motors and pumps. They approached Industrial Vision Systems Ltd to come up with a solution to provide automated inspection of such pumps for their semi-automated assembly process. The pumps requiring inspection are at a sub-assembly stage when they are due for the inspection process to take place. Due to the highly modular nature of the construction each part of the pump can have many different derivatives which overall have a different effect on the pump in industrial use. It is therefore critical for the manufacturing process to check all components are the correct type and number for the construction of the pump to begin. Once built it is difficult and costly to rework such units if a fault is detected later in the manufacturing process, therefore automated visual inspection is critical for the success in building quality motors and pumps.
Optima As a Pilot Customer for Innovative Transport System
Optima As a Pilot Customer for Innovative Transport System
Optima wanted to create a seamless digital process chain, starting with product and machine design and continuing through the engineering right on to production automation and increase the production flexibility.
IIC Approves Factory Automation Platform as a Service (FA PaaS) Testbed Proposed
IIC Approves Factory Automation Platform as a Service (FA PaaS) Testbed Proposed
Edge computing via local Edge controllers allows uniterrupted, high speed collection, filtering and processing of real time data line side. Initial fast reactions can be initiated with the full data sets also being sent to associated cloud systems for further analysis. This processing at two layers respects the data integrity but allows the collected data to be processed as live and historical instances. The challenge is how to collect the data from diverse sources without interrupting the existing processes but also being able to span "brown field" systems where there may not even be any existing communication or data capture functions. 

The global Smart Manufacturing Market is set for rapid growth and is expected to reach around USD 479.01 billion by 2023.

Source: Zion Market Research

What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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How do automated manufacturing systems provide business value?

● Safer for Employees
● Increased Productivity (24/7 runtime)
● Improved Product Quality
● Higher Yields
● More Accurate Data Collection

Not only do automated industrial systems increase production capacity, but the quality of that production is improved, along with greater safety for the employees operating the equipment. These systems can also be configured to provide more accurate data to optimize weak points and greatly decrease product defects due to human error.

What are the benefits of MIcrogrids?

Provides power quality, reliability, and security  for end users and operators of the grid

Enhances the integration of distributed and renewable energy sources

Cost competitive and efficient

Enables smart grid technology integration

Locally controlled power quality

Minimize carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing clean local energy generation

Increased customer (end-user) participation

 

Which technologies are used in a system and what are the critical technology?
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What are the latest trends in manufacturing technology?

New manufacturing technologies are continually emerging. Some of the biggest trends in recent years include:

  • 3D printing: enabling the creation of almost any component using metal, plastic and other materials, reducing lead time and streamlining the design-to-production process
  • Cloud services: enabling virtual sharing of data and services from any location quickly and efficiently
  • The Internet of Things (IoT): transforming not just the consumer market, but the maintenance and upkeep of electronic devices used in manufacturing processes as well
  • Nanotechnology: enabling things like faster computer processing, longer product lifecycles and super-precision manufacturing, and pioneering advancements in sectors such as space engineering and biotechnology
  • Advanced data analytics and predictive technologies: enabling better process control, prevention of defects and quicker response times in manufacturing
  • Industrial robotics: offering ways to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce cost by automating difficult or monotonous tasks.
What business, integration, or regulatory challenges could impact deployment?
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What is the biggest challenge face Manufacturing System Automation?

● Cost of Initial Investment

There’s only one real downside to implementing automated manufacturing systems, which is the initial cost. This includes the costs of machinery and implementing automated programming as well as training of employees to manage these new systems. However, ROI on this investment generally pays for itself within a few years.

 

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