Manufacturing is a complex, intricate process with dozens of moving parts. Should an error occur, your business is liable to incur massive losses. Fortunately, with the rise of IIoT and burgeoning technologies, potential errors and/or system failures are being quelled before they become disastrous. Below we’ll walk you through the concept of digital twins, a technology that facilitates preventative testing, and the benefits it can offer your business in the long run.
The ability to analyze and understand large sets of data quickly and accurately is vital to success in modern factory environments. Critical factors such as big data and augmented analytics play key roles in a factory’s ability to operate efficiently, while avoiding potential errors. Below we’ll walk you through the concepts of big data and augmented analytics, the advantages they provide, and various ways they influence the modern factory environment.
As the technology and machinery involved in manufacturing processes become smarter and more advanced, so too does the factory environment. Intelligent spaces, or smart spaces, are “physical locations equipped with networked sensors to give owners, occupants, and managers more and better information about the condition of those locations and how they’re used." Below we’ll discuss the benefits of a smart space in the factory environment as well as some pertinent examples of technology being utilized to make a factory smart.
In a modern factory environment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are integral to day-to-day operations. During the course of operations, PLCs allow factory systems to operate reliably, while also maintaining a level of flexibility necessary to add additional models. Furthermore, PLCs can work to facilitate the troubleshooting of faulty components and also provide in-depth insight into machine health and performance. However, with the increasing complexity of industrial machinery and machine tasks, some companies are finding that PLCs cannot always satisfy their needs for high-speed data acquisition and database interaction. Because of this, modern alternatives to PLCs are being offered by a handful of companies. Below, we’ll discuss a Michigan tech company’s alternative to PLCs and how they are already utilizing their product to help various businesses around the country.
In the current state of factory operations, sensors are key components to data acquisition and instrument measurement. In its simplest terms, an industrial automation sensor is defined as an input device that provides an output signal with respect to a physical quantity (input). Modern plants utilize a multitude of various sensors, each with its own unique design and duty. Below, we’ll detail some of the common industrial sensors and outline how they help a plant become more cohesive, efficient, and ultimately save money.
Discrete Sensors have existed in the automation & control landscape long before the advent of Programmable Logic Controllers, supplementing relay logic. The function of a discrete sensor is to send high/low, on/off or yes/no signals to the controller regarding the quantity of a physical parameter. The obvious benefit discrete sensors had over analog ones was the absence of deadband, detection speed, analog thresholds and other similar complexities.
As we move ahead towards an across-the-board adoption of Industry 4.0 and its associated technologies, the importance of sensory equipment is becoming increasingly paramount. Sensors bridge the gap between the physical and the digital world, turning raw data into useful information that can be acted upon and used in a plethora of ways.
Banner has an impressive portfolio of photoelectric sensors, offering over 12000 different types of sensors, that are in use in almost all Fortune 500 companies in endless applications.
In an industrial setting, lighting is of paramount importance, regardless of the required purpose. Even something as little as light indication is vital, as one missed warning can lead to wide-scale catastrophe. LED indicators help prevent these warnings from being missed.
Banner Engineering offers LED indicators ranging from those suitable for daylight to those that emit multiple colors. With rugged designs, easy installation, and flexible operation, Banner’s indicators provide an excellent solution for your safety and indicator needs.
Pick-to-light is an ideal, error-proofing technique that can greatly bring down errors and defects in a lean manufacturing environment. Light is used as a means for directing operators to the correct parts and quantities. This ensures that the established process is followed smoothly and without any hitches. Lighting pick can optimize part selection in warehouses, marts, and other storage areas where the delivery of the right part in a time sensitive manner is necessary for profitability.
Banner Engineering has a complete offering of Pick-to-Light sensors to cover all industrial automation bases. No matter what the application, Banner has the right sensor for you.