06 May Human Resources in Industry 4.0
Thanks to the Advanced Factories fair, in which we had the opportunity to attend and participate with a booth, we had the visit of a potential client who asked us for advice on the situation of his company. In this case, he commented on how his main challenge was to make the information provided by their MES system as detailed and automated as possible. Despite having a fully equipped and connected installation, they still have periods without detailed information (repetitive stops and failures that despite knowing all of them, they were not able to determine the main reason of it).
In edinn we think that, nowadays, human resources are still a key factor if we need more details in data, something that we notice many times. We have a customer in the food industry who commissioned us to connect an specific electrical signal to edinn, so when a stop occurs, it will automatically justify based on said electrical signal. The signal was “Lack of paper”, and it is only activated when the paper from the roll did not reach the machine.
Nowadays, edinn’s MES System allows an electrical signal to justify a stop automatically (“justify” type signal), but at that time it required a lot of programming. As they wanted, we programmed that development and without any problem, we get that all the statuses of failure / stops related to “Lack of paper” were automatically justified.
However, after three months the customer asked us to deactivate the signal and configure the manual justification for this type of stops. The signal worked correctly, and they knew exactly how many stops they had due to the lack of paper (this was the cause of 4% of the inefficiencies), but they were more interested in knowing why they had problems with the paper, something that was not possible to capture using electrical signals.
For this reason, these types of stops justifications changed to manual, because they needed the operator to specify the cause of the lack of paper in the machine. This example demonstrates that usually the electrical signals provide simple information for the justification, and it is a technical limitation that still requires and emphasizes the importance of the operators, a cost-effective resource compared to the cost of the complete sensorization of the process.
Founded in 2004, edinn is becoming one of the world’s most popular Industry 4.0 Platform as it is used by thousands of customers around the world.
edinn is the base platform for any Industry 4.0 project, because it includes the necessary “core” elements and, on them, using the favorite development environment, it allows to solve any need through its standard API. It incorporates standard tools for Production Control (Manufacturing Execution System, MES), Production Optimization using Operational Intelligence, Big Data and Machine Learning.
edinn produces the platform and relies on the associated companies (Partners) for the implementation, thus providing double guarantee and greater service. Partner companies have a complete back-end to develop and manage their Industry 4.0 business line.