Published on February 25, 2019 in Operational Excellence
Machine operators are aware that sudden increases in vibrations or noise variations can herald a serious shake-up on their production lines. Unfortunately, it is hard for humans to quickly notice the indicators of, for instance, out-of-balance mechanics. The human touch is no match for dedicated sensors combined with high-speed Analogue Input Units that can reliably, precisely, and easily acquire synchronized data.
The downside of conventional PLC systems and conventional Analogue Input Units is that they are often not fast enough to catch every signal. Also precision can be affected by mutual interference between channels and they are rather difficult to configure. Omron's reliable NX-HAD solution makes those problems a thing of the past offering high-speed analogue inspection with no special data acquisition devices required. Function blocks allow calibration, collection, scaling, time-stamp recording, storing, and loading of data for evaluation. A simple system configuration ideal for global manufacturing.
Reliable, precise, and easy
Improving quality in parts inspections requires the collection and interpretation of as detailed analogue data as possible. Nowadays, most automotive and other manufacturers are using PC and special measuring devices, such as data loggers, for measurements. Being among the first to work on IoT at manufacturing sites, Omron now offers the high-speed Analogue Input Unit that can reliably, precisely, and easily acquire synchronized analogue data. This is done through fully insulated channels to obtain precise data without noise. The unit will help you improve quality.
Simultaneous high speed sampling
The NX-HAD solution features the industry's fastest sampling speed of 5 μs regardless of the number of channels. Typical sampling rates on analogue signals aren’t enough for some specific applications like vibration monitoring of rotating parts for predictive maintenance of machinery. Often many components of a machine are rotating and each one is generating its own distinctive pattern and level of vibration. Together they create complete vibration of the machine. With just one sensor on the machine the different patterns can be monitored and changes in amplitude can be detected. These can be indicators of out-of-balance mechanics.
Vibration analysis to prevent automation paralysis
Vibration analysis looks for anomalies. It can be used to evaluate the condition of equipment and determine if a mechanical device is declining. This is achieved through recordkeeping of a machine’s vibration history and over time predicts problems before serious issues arise. By being proactive and pinpointing issues before they occur, you are avoiding a sudden stop and increasing machine efficiency. Just think about the huge costs this will save every incident!
February 11, 2019
Omron's series of 'OEE & me'-publications offers manufacturers, machine builders, and system integrators a convenient, complete and up-to-date guide to state-of-the-art OEE solutions. Practical insights that clearly explain what these new industrial automation solutions can do for your business. We will focus on topics like Staying Competitive (machine condition monitoring, autonomous production flows, and machine stops), Quality Control & Regulations (perfect packaging, managing waste, and avoiding contamination), and Mass Customization (avoiding idle time and production disruptions).
February 25, 2019
Sudden stops on a production line can cost a fortune. Avoiding unexpected stops and reducing scheduled downtime are key components to boost OEE. It sounds simple, but requires interpretation of the right, often complex, data. Artificial intelligence can optionally be deployed to interpret the collected relevant device and machine data real-time. Our solutions assist you to actively steer your operations to optimize the schedule for maintenance activities, and minimize maintenance and support costs.
February 25, 2019
Just imagine getting rid of cumbersome middleware or PC data concentrators at your production locations and being able to enjoy the benefits of direct database connectivity. Where Information Technology (IT) & Operational Technology (OT) come together something beautiful happens. We have created a production environment in which databases and machine controllers are best friends and keep in touch continuously.