Mining for Gold
You see monitoring tools everywhere today. Think about it.
- Go to the gym and see the dashboards on treadmills, bicycles, and other machines.
- At the grocery stores data is collected about what you buy and how often you buy it through the checkout and your rewards cards.
- Wrists everywhere are sporting digital monitors for the number of steps, glasses of water, calories consumed, and sleep patterns of their owners.
When we think of valuable natural resources gold immediately come to mind. Mining in the Western United States is a big part of our nation’s history. Like mining for gold, data has such great value that extracting it for use is often referred to as “data mining”. Like the famous gold rushes of the old West, data mining has spawned a new industry that provides tools to extract this kind of “gold”
And why is the data so valuable? Because it can be used to make important decisions for the organization based on data that is collected. Think about it, we set goals at the gym and throughout the day, tracking activity on the devices. Retailers know what their customers are buying and those buying patterns provide information about product stocking needs. They also collect information based on the ads and coupons that bring customers into the store. Retailers can use this information to determine what should go into that next email filled with coupons for their valued customers.
Data analytics is very valuable in manufacturing and other industries using the LEAN model for continuous improvement. Changes are made based on the data collected.
So where does that data come from?
It comes from the shop floor. More specifically, in today’s environment, it comes from the machines. Shop-floor monitoring systems make it possible to collect the data needed to leverage key data metrics such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and total effective equipment performance (TEEP).
In an article on the Advanced Manufacturing Organization website, Sri Atluru, a senior manufacturing engineer in process integration at Sandvik Coromant in New Jersey says,
“From my perspective there are always two ways for any manufacturer to improve their processes. One is by implementing lean manufacturing and the other is to innovate their existing manufacturing processes. There is a fine line between lean and innovation—lean management is mostly concerned with targeting the elimination of wasteful content or resources in your process flow, and improving the existing productivity of your shop floor. Innovation is different in the sense that it has the capability to redesign your whole manufacturing process.”
Whichever way you go to improve your processes, the changes need to be rooted in facts and facts are established through data-mining and the analysis of the data extracted.
Security and machine data collection?
It may see odd that Conzer Security is blogging about machine monitoring. Our interest and expertise in machine vision was born out of our expertise with video surveillance security cameras and our engineering background dealing with the custom integration of systems and networks. While we are able to bring video surveillance security cameras, access control systems onsite, we also know that some industries, such as manufacturing or distribution, are starting to utilize some of the same kind equipment, such as video surveillance security cameras, to collect data and improve their processes.
Process improvement systems
The range of solutions we provide vary from simple standalone machine vision systems with a single high speed camera that can be moved around to troubleshoot problems, to a much larger system that is permanently fixed to a given spot to gather data, detect, and respond to manufacturing issues.
Each system we develop is custom engineered and designed to use the latest technologies to work with your company’s operation.
Our work principles align with Atluru’s statement about implementing lean process improvement and using innovation. With our propriety Envision program, clients are able to collect data and work on process improvement. Innovation, on our part, comes from developing programs like Envision, and other custom solutions.
Your business is unique, our solutions are, too
Our perspective is that the solutions we provide clients are never cookie cutter, one-size-fits all. It’s not just that the problems brought to us are always unique, but that we want to find solutions that fit the client, are the simplest to implement, and the most user-friendly solutions we can present. To do that means we have to, just like the saying goes, “think outside the box.”
Your success, our success, is based on three P’s – People, Processes, Products. The critical information you can collect around those three elements is a key driver of your success.
At Conzer Security we want to provide the security you need to protect your assets, your people and your proprietary data. We also want to give you the security of knowing you have the information you need to build your business into something greater tomorrow.
Contact us today at 317-580-9460 to set up a free consultation. Let’s talk about the processes that exist today – and what you want them to be in the future.