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Imagine driving down a dark road at night. You're cruising along, listening to the radio, and suddenly, your engine dies. You look down and see the “Check Engine” light as you ease to a stop on the side of the road.
If your car is older, the technology on board may tell you nothing other than that your engine has a problem. If you're lucky, and your car's onboard technology is a bit more advanced, you may see a second light for "Oil."
But is it an oil pan leak? A gasket? Or something else? You’ll only know once you get to the shop. Newer cars have much more advanced diagnostics, and many will tell you the specific problem as it happens, either onboard or through an app. But the older technology will only point you in the right direction. It doesn't deal with the "why." Like many things in life, the devil is in the details.
In many ways, traditional manufacturing is like the “Check Engine” light. Equipment may have enough electronics to point you in the right direction, but it still doesn't show you the "why."The reason is that early automation was only designed to show you that there was a problem.
Diagnosing the cause of the problem was still a matter of trial and error or search and rescue. Often, with notification that finished goods were out of spec and producing off-quality results, operators, techs, and other staff had to roam the machine searching for the cause. The warning didn't provide enough data.
Smart manufacturing software changes all that. By harnessing the power of data and analytics, smart manufacturing software can uncover hidden trends that allow teams to be proactive to prevent problems that impact quality.
Real-time data and advanced analytics also allow companies to automatically drill down to the "why" of the engine problem and act confidently and quickly to increase productivity and lower costs.
This happens by identifying trends in critical segments of the production process. These trends are then analyzed to determine the cause, and insights are delivered to enable process improvement across multiple departments.
There are several areas where smart manufacturing software can uncover critical trends that give you the information needed to address problems quickly:
If the engine light on your equipment only tells you there’s a problem without providing the why, it's time to upgrade. Taking smart manufacturing to the next level will unlock deep insights and advanced analytics so your "detail" reveals the trends you need to know.
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