IOT workshop at Singapore
Shop floor efficiency, lowering cost of production, improving quality
Imagine a large manufacturing plant for semiconductor or marine equipment with an output of 300 high-value machines being produced on a weekly basis. The shop floor spanning an area of 50,000 square feet, divided into multiple zones from the assembly, testing to quality assurance to paint shop, packing, and dispatch. The shop floor manager wanted an efficient indoor tracking system that would help implement a seamless performance management system that will spruce up production efficiency, reduce cost & improve workforce morale.
Barcode, RFID vs Indoor tracking
Traditional factories use barcodes or passive radio frequency tags attached to the devices to track their movement from one location to the other. The handheld readers need to be kept close to the equipment in order to capture the product and part numbers. A cumbersome process indeed, which involves manpower.
I know that equipping workforce with “tags” for tracking is a strict no-no in most cultures – privacy – freedom etc. However, it is perfectly fine to deploy the sensors for a short while to assess the workflow patterns that would improve the quality of life on the shop floor – not to forget the environment monitoring solutions which can be integrated on the plant layout.
Wirepas application development for production efficiency
With our Wirepas enabled application software engine for indoor positioning, the workflow management aspects of a batch processed factory shop floor becomes a breeze. The web-based software can be deployed on cloud or on-premise, based on your needs. The on-premise model ensures that your valuable data stays “indoors”. Obviously, there are analytics aspects using MQTT or Modbus interface which can be achieved using our add-on modules or pushing the data on to Kepware.
Real-time positioning, battery life, and cost of deployment
Well, these solutions are not really for “realtime” analysis, as there is this need to balance transmission levels and battery life – Remember – it is completely wireless deployment and believe me – the last deployment at a proof of technology was done in under an hour – wow that is really really cool to bring new insights from a large factory shop floor.
At the workshop, someone wanted to know whether we can possibly monitor the temperature, tilt, and door opening within the factory premises. Well, it is certainly possible to add the industrial condition monitoring aspects into our indoor positioning tools.
Value proposition & cost of ownership
Earlier in a post, we had mentioned about the value proposition of indoor positioning systems that delivers 5 metre accuracy, 5 year battery life, with reporting intervals of 10 minutes. Actually the most affordable indoor tracking system in the world. The participants were awed at the accuracy we were able to demonstrate at the conference room which was up to 2 meters in certain cases !!
One among the participants from the shipping industry wanted to know more about ATEX asset tracking sensors used inside oil tankers, cargo ships, and offshore rigs. The ATEX Indoor positioning is on the product roadmap.
Scalability and reliability of Indoor mesh network
A lot of time spent in clarifying the queries put forward by the few technology managers who participated in the production efficiency workshop. Interference, largest deployed network (700,000 sensors !!), redundancy etc. Read more on massively scalable IOT
IOT workshops at Singapore
At the recently concluded workshop on IOT in manufacturing. In future sessions are planned for shipping, healthcare, logistics, and other industries. We had a good turnout with decision makers from leading industries such as shipping, pharmaceutical, government, healthcare and aerospace attending the IOT event in Singapore.
Ripples IOT provides IOT consultancy, workshops, proof of technology deployment, installation, training, IOT application development, research & development & prototyping services. Call us to know more about our solutions.