Process Optimization as a Trade-off

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It’s Simple Solutions Wednesday. Today we talk about optimization using a simple process example. When aiming to leverage full potential of the process, two scenarios can occur: the increase in a parameter with small intervals results in greater production output; the increase in the parameter is pushed too far resulting in negative effects becoming more significant than the increase in production […]

Production Optimization or the Major Approach in Industrial Decision-Making

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Nowadays, decisions-making of a factory is shaped by four forces: market (decisions related to volume & quality); economic (cost reduction targets); social (safety standards); environmental (sustainability initiatives). Providing solutions to all of the above challenges, process optimization takes an important place in the decision-making toolkit of a contemporary manufacturer. As a quantitative tool for industrial […]

Small Yet Mighty: Industrial Automation for Smaller-Scale Manufacturers

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    Initially, Industrial Automation (IA) emerged primarily as a domain of high-volume manufacturers in the automotive industry. However, more and more IA practitioners begin to urge small- and medium-size manufacturers to embrace the technology. You see, as industrial automation technology matures, it becomes more accessible to smaller-size manufacturers and allows them to reap economic […]

Continuous Improvement: Why & How It’s Practiced

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Business process improvement often begins with setting a big project goal and planning an extensive scope of action for a short-term period. This approach is based on the assumption that the greater goal will inspire and provide motivation to act and deliver results to those involved. In practice, it may result in failure to deliver […]

Equipment Maintenance Made Efficient

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Most production installations require regular maintenance. The most common maintenance methods are: time-based – can keep the installation in good condition given the right time-interval but are high cost; failure-based – take place only when a problem occurs and are associated with unexpected equipment failure, production loss and downtime. An alternative and more efficient method is condition-based monitoring, which uses sensors to determine the condition of the equipment. When […]

4 Questions that Determine Energy Consumption of your Production Plant

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In many production processes, energy is a significant cost. Hence, saving energy leads to reduced production costs. It also makes production system more sustainable. To identify most suitable energy saving measures for your production plant, you need to know how much, where, when and why energy is used. How much? The amount of energy consumed can be measured at the place where all […]

A Quick Guide to Production Process Improvement

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There is a number of questions that need be considered in production process improvement. What is the value that the production process has to generate for the customer? How should the process look like to deliver this value? How to identify solutions to key problems and process bottlenecks? What does successful implementation involve? And many […]

Industrial Robotics or the Journey from the Tool to the Partner

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Historically, humans have seen robots as tools. For decades robots have performed tasks on command and have been limited in their freedom of action, showed low performance whenever they were not designed for the task and relied on humans whenever a problem or an unforeseen scenario occurred. However, with recent technological advancements we have begun […]