How Advantech's Innovative Solutions Are Advancing Manufacturing

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 11, 2018 10:45:00 AM

By enabling seamless data acquisition and visualization, Advantech's WebAccess/SCADA technology is amplifying the production line efficiency of the nation's manufacturers.

In Thailand's export-oriented economy, manufacturing is the primary driver of economic development and growth. However, although globalization provides increasing opportunities to sell Thai products around the world, it also fosters fierce competition between rival companies. In this ever more competitive market environment, manufacturers must leverage every innovation available to maximize the value and efficiency of their production lines. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Advantech Launches WebAccess/MCM Software for Machine Monitoring and Intelligent Inspection

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 26, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Advantech's IIoT Group announces the launch of our WebAccess/MCM machine condition monitoring software that provides for convenient sensor signal acquisition, signal analysis, feature extraction, data management and interpretation, and alert notifications for online monitoring and intelligent inspection. With this software, Advantech provides customers with a comprehensive solution for machine monitoring and management that meets the needs of multiple applications. 

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Topics: Automation Software

Palm-size Embedded Computer Provides Cost-effective Preventive Maintenance for Industrial Band Saws

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 25, 2018 10:25:00 AM

Based on the concept of Industry 4.0, intelligent factories should not only strive for manufacturing technology innovation but also focus on machine monitoring and preventive maintenance, which is an important part of optimizing the production process. Unlike traditional periodical maintenance or emergency break-down repair, preventive maintenance can detect and troubleshoot hidden faults in advance. Take the metal-cutting band saw as an example; equipment manufacturers can collect and analyze data to predict when, after thousands of cutting operations, saw blades or other components will wear out. Meanwhile, plant managers do not have to urgently call their suppliers to arrange for repairs on damaged machines, thus recording equipment downtime and increasing overall plant productivity while also improving the quality of finished goods. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers

Wireless Solution for Establishing Production Line Monitoring Systems

Posted by Kari Grosser on Mar 26, 2018 11:15:00 AM

In order to gradually transform their passive factory into an Intelligent Factory, a well-known panel manufacturer, which supplies various sizes of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels and touch panels was actively improving their factory's production and management. By reforming its factory it would act as a demonstration site before copying intelligent applications to other production bases around the world. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Remote I/O

Multi-Protocol, Cross-System Integration Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Mar 13, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Many plant managers seek various means for shortening time to market and increased productivity, yet they are wary of the time-consuming, costly process of having to replace or upgrade complex systems to realize digitization. By implementing Advantech's multi-protocol, cross-system integration solution, managers can migrate seamlessly from traditional to future network infrastructure with minimum downtime and maximum flexibility.

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Topics: Automation Software, Industrial Communication, Remote I/O

Dashboard-Enabled Data Visualization for Increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 16, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) refers to the percentage of planned production time that is truly productive. Most factories have an OEE score of only 60%, which indicates substantial room for improvement.

With visualized data, machine availability can be monitored and machine downtime managed to improve operational efficiency. Advantech's OEE solution optimizes operations by enabling data visualization for convenient real-time machine monitoring and supporting multi-platform data access for remote management and improved efficiency to increase manufacturing productivity. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Entering a New Era of Smart Manufacturing

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 14, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Introducing the SRP-FPV220 Solution for MES Integration & Production Optimization

This Solution Ready Platform allows users to easily collect data from shop-floor devices via multiple communications such as Modbus, OPC UA and MQTT and automatically generates Excel reports of production activities. A 100% web-based dashboard allows users to view visual production information such as yield rate trends, equipment utilization or downtime alarms, available anytime on any mobile device supporting HTML5 browsers. Valuable information about field equipment, energy consumption and the environment can also be integrated within the MES system via open interfaces including SQL database and RESTful/SignalR API's to help optimize production planning and provide efficiency analysis improvements.

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Tunnel Monitoring System for Superhighways

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 5, 2018 11:03:00 AM

The Longling-Ruili Highway, a section of the National Superhighway Network between Hangzhou and Ruili, Yunnan, stretches 157.712 km from the four-lane Baoshan-Longling Expressway to Ruili at the China-Myanmar border. Along the way, there are 154.6 km of expressways and 3.112 km of Class 2 highways, as well as a mega bridge, 158 regular bridges, eight tunnels (including the 3.130-km Mangsa Tunnel), and nine highway intersections, al of which amount to a total investment of RMB 10.941 billion.

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Topics: Automation Controllers, Automation Software, Industrial Communication, Human Machine Interface

Case Study: Converting to Industry 4.0

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A global partner for the automotive industry who develops products for transmissions, engines, drivelines and fasteners started a company optimization program with the support of Net Surfing to optimize internal industrial asset management and energy consumption starting from the existing machinery and infrastructure by combining the asset management system with IIoT energy saving technology.

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Topics: Automation Software, Remote I/O

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