Web-Based Platform Helps Managers Turn Plastics Process Data into Action
An Industry 4.0 platform for plastics processors, Conair SmartServices combines equipment monitoring and visualization functions with cloud-based data storage and analytics. The platform is intended to improve process, performance and quality optimization; predictive diagnostics and maintenance; and equipment uptime. Compact wireless machine adapters (WMAs) are installed in the controls of each piece of auxiliary equipment to connect to the Web-based platform. Upon login, users identify and configure the auxiliaries into the system, organizing them by equipment type, plant names, production lines, physical locations. Once enabled, WMAs automatically collect data from each piece of auxiliary equipment and transmit it into a secure cloud based portal that streams user data into a dashboard format.