Data acquisition and analysis

Visual inspection of insulin vials at the Brazilian site in Montes Claros, Novo Nordisk. Source: Novo Nordisk.
Controls Case Study

Novo Nordisk Brazil site implements software program

Company uses newest PAS-X version at one of their largest sites for 18 production lines and two lines for packaging.
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The individually tailored balance between stocking on site and ordering via the E-Portal helped to improve planning procedures and also reduced the risk of downtime.

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Schwabe North America banks on stock optimization

Stock optimization analysis helps pharmaceutical company customize its spare parts handling process after relocating from Utah to Wisconsin.
Yaskawa's Meyer explains how PackML's modular, reusable code simplifies automation efforts

'Why is PackML important, why is OEE important, and how can they work together in your machine-control scheme?'

That's the question Doug Meyer posed at Pack Expo 2013, just before he revealed the answers to attendees of his presentation on the topic...
Controls Product Brief

InfinityQS: OEE dashboards improve real-time visibility of quality, availability, and performance metrics

Powered by a Statistical Process Control (SPC) software analytical engine, ProFicient 5.1 from InfinityQS International, Inc. heightens visibility across the enterprise with Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) dashboards within the web-based Manufacturing Intelligence portal, ProFicient InSight, and helps executive-level management to monitor and improve manufacturing processes.

Bush Brothers likes automated tracking of downtime

Bush Brothers and Co. is a family-owned company best known for its baked beans. But the Knoxville, TN-based firm also serves up some pretty sophisticated data acquisition and downtime tracking technology since implementing a Parsec software application called TrakSYS.
Controls Product Brief

Parsec: Updated MOM software

The latest version of Parsec Automation’s TrakSYS Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software – 8 R2 – provides a highly-integrated application that helps manufacturers to significantly improve asset utilization and efficiency, increase capacity of the current capital equipment, reduce production costs, decrease lead time, and improve profitability.
Vision hardware and software targets packaging and processing
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Vision hardware and software targets packaging and processing

Iris GT smart camera from Matrox, in an application designed by integrator Inventek Engineering, combines with Matrox' Design Assistant (DA) 3.0 smart camera software to inspect bottles presented by a robot. The Iris GT smart camera line lets users easily create their application's flowchart and HMI, and take projects from concept to completion in record time.
Controls Product Brief

Nutec: Quality assurance software

See it at PACK EXPO Las Vegas Booth #C-1838! Nutec Systems’ new software suite cheQAssure has been developed to provide quality control of regulatory requirements relating to product labeling and identification for industries such as pharmaceutical, medical device, and food.
Controls Product Brief

GE: Monitoring & analysis software suite for industrial big data management and analytics

Comprised of six integrated products for industrial big data management and analytics, GE Intelligent Platforms’ new Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software allows companies to manage equipment and process data by captutring, storing, contextualizing, and analyzing data, provides access to data in the Cloud, and presents actionable insights for fast and effective decision making.
Figure A: This schematic illustrates how data is extracted from plant floor PLCs and then turned into reports that Campbell personnel at various levels can utilize.
Controls Case Study

Campbell Soup’s cooking with real-time data

From automated data collection to plant floor workers armed with handhelds helping them make better decisions, Campbell Soup is leaving behind its paper-based ways.


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