Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Productivity IoT Engineering

Using IoT technology and systems to improve productivity of engineering and engineering related products and processes.


May 2018

Prediction, prevention and improvement with IoT at Flex

At Flex, IoT is everywhere because we’re constantly looking at places where we can add instrumentation and analytics to our processes and products to achieve more consistent and better outcomes.

Manpower Productivity Improvement Using IoT

Illustrations from Singapore Companies of replacing manpower with IoT enabled systems and devices

Symphony Group uses drones and IoT to count cars in its inventory. It used to take the company 50 man-hours to complete the count, but now it estimates to complete it within the hour using  a single technician.

HOPE Technik tackled  the challenge of carrying heavy loads for many industries by developing AGVs.The SESTO AGV is a robotic product and it functions flexibly in any facility. The AGVs do not require embedded lines or magnetic strips on the ground. SESTO AGV system has a payload ranging from 200 kilogrammes to 2 tonnes. Equipped with a laser-based navigation system and intelligent planning capability, the driverless  autonomous system functions without requiring any modifications to an existing environment.

The AGVs are deployed in a hospital, replacing four personnel to transport lab samples to lab technicians. The system handled over 500 deliveries per 12-hour shift and freed up the manpower.

In a semiconductor plant, five  SESTO AGVs helped take over the duties of twenty personnel, who previously transported work-in-progress materials between processes. This system handles 12,000 deliveries per 12-hour shift.

 AiTreat  is developing a Massage Assistive Robotic System (MARS) to help to help  the Traditional Chinese Massage practitioner serve two to five persons using robots to find massage needs and do massage with the massage plan created by the experienced practitioner. Thus it provides  direct labour productivity increase of 200-500 percent. MARS will have many different advanced sensors, like 3D, thermal, force/torque, distance, etc, to understand the points of tightness in the body and then provide the required massage at the required places.

The Internet of Manufacturing Things:

Advances in sensors, standards and software could connect virtually everything

By Thomas R. Cutler
Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work
August 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 8

 IoT can improve various aspects of manufacturing efficiency, including productivity, asset health, profitability, quality, safety, employee safety and environmental impact. The narrow slice of the Industrial Internet of Things that mostly affects industrial engineers is the Internet of Manufacturing Things.

The Internet of Manufacturing Things
12 April, 2017

Updated 10 May 2018, 20 September 2017

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