Should you switch to smart sen­sors?

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - IOT - By Udo Fueger, Eu­ro­pean Prod­uct Man­ager, Rock­well Au­to­ma­tion

The lat­est smart sen­sors com­mu­ni­cate de­tailed data and di­ag­nos­tics, al­low­ing ma­chines to op­er­ate more ef­fec­tively and op­er­a­tors to work more ef­fi­ciently.

Sen­sors are es­sen­tial in cap­tur­ing ba­sic di­ag­nos­tics from in­dus­trial ma­chines and equip­ment. How­ever, as the peo­ple main­tain­ing these ma­chines near re­tire­ment, a new, younger work­force is emerg­ing. Although this new gen­er­a­tion is com­fort­able with rapidly evolv­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy and the data that comes with it, these em­ploy­ees aren’t nec­es­sar­ily as in tune with the equip­ment as sea­soned staff.

Cap­tur­ing con­tex­tual data to pro­vide more pre­dic­tive di­ag­nos­tics and lever­ag­ing data across the man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prise will be key to meet­ing these work­force and tech­nol­ogy chal­lenges.

Smart sens­ing tech­nol­ogy is ful­fill­ing this need, bring­ing deeper in­sight into the health of in­dus­trial ma­chines to help cur­rent — and fu­ture – gen­er­a­tions of op­er­a­tors op­ti­mize plant pro­cesses. While smart sen­sors of­fer key in­sights into a man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tion, not all sen­sors need to be equipped with this tech­nol­ogy. It’s im­por­tant to know where and when to im­ple­ment smart sens­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Smart sen­sors can help stream­line flex­i­ble man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions that in­volve fre­quent line changes with dif­fer­ent-sized prod­ucts.

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