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Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

21/04/2020 - 23/04/2020

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Three basic things every production line should tell you

No matter what size your production facility is there are some simple stats that every manager needs to know. The first of these is how many you made: counting finished goods is the starting point for productivity calculations. Counting can be automated with an off the shelf sensor and a remote IO device. By using a remote IO device data can be sent directly to an application, such as ERP software and integrated into reporting.

The second is how long your machine ran for: uptime is essential to determining OEE and most machines have someway to indicate their state, such as a tower light system. By using the signals for the tower light, a remote IO device can record when the machine was running and for how long. This can provide vital insight into the efficiency and availability of individual equipment and whole systems.

Finally, you need to know if something has changed: getting alerts when something changes can direct maintenance to where its needed and when its needed. By using remote IO devices alerts can be sent to a smartphone meaning you don’t need to be physically next to each machine.

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