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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]