If You Want Improvement, You’ve Got to Collect Data

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.

Collecting all that data isn’t just a fun pastime. There is a purpose. The purpose is to make decisions based on the data collected. You set goals at the gym and throughout the day, tracking it on the devices. The store knows what everyone buys so they know what to stock and your data tells them what ads and coupons to push out to you in your email.

The same concept is evident in manufacturing and other industries using the LEAN model for continuous improvement. Changes are made based on data.

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 to be made have to be based in something and that something is data.

Security and machine data collection?

So, you may be asking why someone at Conzer Security is talking about machine monitoring. Can that really be in our realm of experience? The short answer is yes. Yes, it is.

You see, our interest and expertise in machine vision was born out of our expertise with security cameras and our engineering background dealing with the custom integration of systems and networks. While we are able to bring security cameras, access control systems and video surveillance onsite, we also saw that some industries, such as manufacturing or distribution, could utilize some of the same kind of equipment we provide for other purposes – such as the machine vision.

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.

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