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ASelvom forbrugerne bredt anvender udbredelsen af ​​digitale teknologier i industrielle omgivelser, har især fødevarefabrikker i flere steder været langsommere at realisere. Alligevel skifter tingene med metaldetektorspecialisten Fortress Technology ind i cyberspace med et værktøj, der ser ud til at omdanne produktionen kvalitetssikring til fødevareproducenter, hvor de er placeret i verden.

“I think it’s fair to say that many food plants, even in westernised economies, still make do with manually monitoring machine performance which can be extremely labour intensive and impact productivity,”

hævder Phil Brown, MD for Fortress Technology Europe. Selv dem, der har opgraderet arv, fortsætter med at samle data på maskin-til-stedet i stedet for at integrere og analysere information side om side og opbygge et præstationsbillede, foreslår Phil.

For many IT departments, upgrading equipment and selecting which Internet of Things (IoT) technology will add the greatest value can be a bit of a minefield and create a sense of burden. There’s a perception that moving towards Industry 4.0 will require extensive investment, a dedicated team of developers and slow or limited return on investment.

Phil explains: “Although many of our customers express a strong interest in innovation and harnessing the power of data capture, they have been reticent to take the leap of faith. There is an underlying belief that they will not be able to connect new applications with existing legacy inspection machines. To achieve end-to-end production visibility and enhanced due diligence, integration across an entire fleet of machines is critical to achieving connectivity.”

“Simple is as simple does”

Watching Industry 4: 0 unfurl, Phil bliver for evigt opmærksom på, at fremtidens fabrikker søger smarte og enkle løsninger. “Very often our intelligent minds can take a simple issue and make it overcomplicated. We become paralysed by technology options, and as a result data integration projects can stretch on for months, years, or never reach a decision. In such a fast moving market like food, the impact on competitiveness could be immense.”

For at omskrive Forrest Gump, siger Phil, at historiens moral er “Simple is as simple does.”

With that in mind, when Fortress set about developing a solution that would enable production managers to monitor the performance of their entire fleet of food metal detectors through a single web-based gateway, the company’s software developers intentionally kept it simple.

Remote Management Software (RMS) gør det muligt for fødevarefabrikker at styre operationer fra hvor som helst i verden fra smartphones, tablets og bærbare computere. På trods af at være den førende web-baserede inspektionsbrowser, forbinder RMS flere Fortress metaldetektorer ved at bruge trådløs maskine til maskin (M2M) kommunikation. “Another benefit is it reduces the expense of sending a team member out a plant to collect data manually,” siger phil

I stedet for at oprette en app, som skal hostes, raffineres og opdateres på Android og IOS-operativsystemer, giver RMS kunderne sikker adgang til en webbaseret browser, der forbinder hver metaldetektor, der er installeret med softwaren.

Når softwaren er installeret, som kan udføres af Fortress som en del af en planlagt maskineopgradering, logger autoriserede brugere blot ind på RMS-browseren fra en bærbar computer, tablet eller mobiltelefon og kan fejlsøge et ydeevne problem uden at være fysisk foran metaldetektoren. Den fuldt sporbare kvalitetssikringsinformation beskriver, hvad og hvornår en begivenhed opstod på en bestemt enhed.

For at overholde HACCP's styringssystemer og principper for fødevaresikkerhed, er hver begivenhed automatisk stemplet.

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Software analyserer sammenlignende data fra flere inspektionszoner side om side og individuelt

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This level of oversight is especially helpful to support flexible production. It means one operative or production manager can monitor all their company’s metal detectors, analysing comparative data for different inspection zones, side-by-side.

Et ubegrænset antal Fortress metaldetektorer kan tilsluttes trådløst ved hjælp af en kraftig back-end SQL for at overvåge aktivitet og generere rapporter i enten PDF- eller Excel-format.

Reports can be selected for a specific production line and/or time period. For record keeping, event and performance information is stored securely and remotely for a minimum of 10 years. There’s also the option to extend storage capability to 20+ years.

Bortset fra at overvåge værdifulde lokale maskinværdier, har software, der forbinder metaldetektorer, hvor de er placeret i verden, at multinationale organisationer kan holde kontakten med operationer i fjerntliggende produktionscentre eller politisk flygtige regioner.

RMS is available as an option on all Fortress Stealth metal detectors. It is installed on the Interceptor range as standard. In keeping with Fortress’s ‘Never Obsolete’ commitment, existing Stealth metal detectors in the field can also be upgraded.

“With RMS, comparable performance data is now readily available and this provides production decision makers with a benchmark to drive efficiency improvements,” siger phil “Taking this to the next level, predictive models may then be applied in order to anticipate equipment failure and enable predictive maintenance.”

Han tilføjer: “The thing that makes data valuable is how it is analysed and applied to business decisions. From a QA perspective, the level of surveillance RMS provides offers food factories valuable peace of mind. And from an operational viewpoint, production efficiency is enhanced. Most importantly, implementation of the software is quick and doesn’t divert a company’s in-house IT resources away from other projects. It’s functional, it’s simple and it delivers global machine connectivity.”

www.fortresstechnology.co.uk

Fortress Technology (Europe) Ltd

Vi er en førende designer og producent af "Phantom" & "Stealth" mærkevaredetektionssystemer til en bred vifte af markeder for at tilfredsstille både kunde- og forhandlerkoder, herunder BRC.

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