In factory automation the important factors for IoT devices typically involve information that can positively contribute to safety, quality, and time efficiency. In the previously mentioned use cases device position is important. In enclosed factory environments constellation-based positioning, like GPS, isn’t typically used so quality is enhanced as IoT devices bring in precision sensors like GPS. In addition to enhancing quality there are also many IoT device steps that can be put in place for safety. Even if the primary control path is triggered by human interaction, like movement of goods by an overhead crane, safety overlay technology can be put in place to assist the operator. This provides an opportunity to catch something that the operator hasn’t. Finally, being able to shift to an IoT-based architecture enhances efficiency by enabling lower network latency and more local decision making. The example of dynamic adjustment of aluminum rolling nozzle cooling shows the importance of taking delay out of making decisions as an excellent way to improve product efficiency and quality.
Control System Migration
Control migrations are a staggering undertaking that can make or break the productivity of your plant. Reduce risk and stress in the migration process by working with EPIC. We’ve been doing control migrations for over twenty years.
We know what needs to be done to make your migration process as smooth as possible. As a platform independent integrator, we provide an honest assessment of all possible solutions to select the best one for your plant.
Our focus is on minimizing downtime during the changeover and maximizing your return on investment for years to come. Migrations are not just an upgrade from an obsolete control systems; they are opportunity to take advantage of modern technologies to leap ahead of your competition. During a control migration, EPIC will help you:
- Identify opportunities for greater system flexibility and reliability
- Integrate any new technologies, (ex. vision systems for automated QA checks)
- Justifiy ROI
- Develop a complete project plan and present to management
- Optimize your automation strategy
- Collect data and map your current system
- Manage any mechanical, eletrical and civil site upgrades
- Maximize operating up-time during the transition
- Complete and total system checkout and training
A robot revolution is on the horizon, but it’s not the apocalyptic uprising you see in Hollywood movies. This revolution—like the three that preceded it—will instead fundamentally change the nature of work as we know it.
The First Industrial Revolution began in Europe in the 18th century, driven by the invention of the steam engine and machines that allowed for the mass production of goods in factories. People moved from a life of farming in rural areas to factory work in urban areas, and while working conditions for many were pretty terrible, the iron and textile industries transformed the economy and made goods more affordable and accessible.
The Second Industrial Revolution began in the late 19th century, with electricity powering the expansion of existing industries and creating new ones. It brought us the light bulb, the telephone, and the internal combustion engine. The invention of the automobile and its mass production on assembly lines kick-started a revolution in transportation and commerce. And the world was further transformed by developments in communications, with undersea cables and radio transmissions linking countries and continents.
The Third Industrial Revolution, which occurred at the end of the 20th century, saw the advent of digital technologies, such as computers, global telecommunications systems, and the Internet. Robots joined the assembly lines in the automotive industry and other advancements in automation soon followed, allowing workers to move away from dull, repetitive tasks to ones requiring more skill.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is being driven by technological breakthroughs in fields such as quantum computing, biotechnology, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and robotics—breakthroughs that will transform the way people interact with machines.