Reduce downtime in production
Machine operators are always asking themselves how they can reduce downtime. After all, there is huge potential here for saving costs and improving employee satisfaction. In this article, we will show you how you can use modern software to reduce your downtime.
Monitoring of machines and equipment
Recognition is at the beginning, the ancient Greeks already knew that. But how can you detect problems of machines and plants? In the first place, the requirement is that the controls (PLC) of your machines offer a data interface. In the best case this is an OPC-UA interface, but instead it can also be a Profinet or even Profibus interface in the case of Siemens S7 controllers.
Secondly, software is needed to collect and evaluate this data. The solution for this: Our DataSuite software can collect your machine data in Excel files or databases. You can find a link to the free trial version at the end of the article.
Note: We have shown you in this article how you can generate Excel evaluations of your machine data: Write Excel files with a Siemens S7 PLC
Alerting and notification
Once the machine data has been connected, the error states of the machines can now be defined in the software as so-called “triggers”, i.e. trigger conditions. For example: A machine changes to the operating state “malfunction” and thus triggers a malfunction. This in turn triggers a notification by e-mail or SMS. After that, a service employee receives malfunction information on his smartphone or PC without delay.
React quickly and purposefully to malfunctions
This enables the technician to take the necessary tools and, if required, spare parts directly with him on the first trip to the machine. This saves time, money and nerves.
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The machinery under control
We recommend a step-by-step approach to eventually connect the entire fleet of machines. Once the first machine has been successfully connected, you should also connect one machine after the other in order to monitor the entire machine park.
In summary, even large installations with several dozen machines, or even entire production sites, can be monitored and evaluated in this way. With the specially developed “DataCenter Edition” of the DataSuite, more than 100 machines and systems can be connected.
With the DataSuite software, you can easily monitor your machinery and quickly identify and fix problems. Downtimes can thus be reduced and the OEE is increased.
You want to make your machine data available centrally on a web server? We have a simple solution for you.