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 […]

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 […]

Non-Invasive Liquid Level Detection

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This week’s topic of Simple Solutions series is non-invasive liquid level detection. Production equipment that comes into contact with liquid requires regular maintenance and cleaning. A simple solution such as a non-invasive (capacitive, ultrasound or infrared) sensor can make this processes easier and less costly. Smooth surfaces are commonly easier to clean (as opposed to a surface with […]

Reusing Energy with Regenerative Braking

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Today is Wednesday. This means it’s time for Simple Solutions, weekly series of posts serving as a reminder about simple and effective technologies that can be used in production automation. This week’s topic is Regenerative Braking. There are electricity costs associated with running a motor that creates movement in a production system. When using brakes […]

Contactless Temperature Measurement

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Today we start with Simple Solutions, weekly series of posts serving as a reminder about simple and effective technologies that can be used in production automation. This week’s topic is Infrared Temperature Sensor. In many production processes, the temperature of a product is a big factor affecting the outcome of the process and, thus, the quality of […]