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The AssetManager system comprises data gathering hardware that interfaces both directly with the machine (via process transducers and sensors) using dedicated I/O and with the machine operators through it’s intuitive, customisable touch screen interface.
The operator’s touch screen is designed to offer simple, menu driven options for users to log in their shift, select the product/job they are running and, when prompted, to easily enter custom downtime reasons (from clients’ own preset menus) according to the process on which the system is employed. The touch screen also supports multiple languages that can be selected at any time during normal operation.
As supplied, the AssetManager I/O hardware will interface with virtually any manufacturing plant and machinery and gather the necessary production performance parameters essential for the live analysis of production rate, quality and availability together indicating the machine’s OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency).
The flexible I/O system will extend to accommodate data from any additional physical process parameter for which there is an instrumentation electrical signal available (0-10V, 4-20mA etc.).
Many manufacturing companies employ ERP systems (such as SAP, Oracle and similar) to manage and operate their business. These ERP systems depend on production data for their correct operation. This data demand can carry an expensive data entry burden and be prone to error. AssetManager’s ERP interface option addresses this and offers the facility to accept customised planned job files directly from the ERP system and upon completion of a job returns the production and quality data associated with that job. This again introduces data management efficiency and guarantees the accuracy of the information passed back to the ERP system.
Energy management is a fundamental item on every manufacturers agenda. AssetManager’s energy module will gather process specific energy data then provide detailed analysis of its consumption and automatically associate it with productivity. This is the most meaningful intelligence available in the effort to maximise energy efficiency in a production environment.
The AssetManager system I/O is designed with the flexibility to meet individual processes data acquisition requirements. The system will acquire process data from any source for which an electrical signal is available (e.g. 0 – 10V, 0 – 20mA, 4- 20mA plus others).
For digital systems (PLC and SCADA) AssetManager interfaces directly with the host system’s control hardware over a communications link (typically Ethernet using OPC technologies) to gather data directly from the equipment.
Once gathered, the data is available for analysis using the graphing module, the journal module and the various system reports. The raw data is also available for export (e.g. in csv format) for more detailed analysis where clients have their own toolset.