An Industry 4.0 platform for plastics processors combines equipment monitoring and visualization functions with cloud-based data storage and analytics. The Conair SmartServices platform promises process, performance and quality optimization, predictive diagnostics and maintenance, and maximum equipment uptime. To use the system, compact wireless machine adapters (WMAs) are installed in the controls of each piece of auxiliary equipment, and a connection is made to the web-based SmartServices platform. Upon login, users identify and configure the auxiliaries into the system, organizing them by equipment type, plant names, production lines, physical locations or other criteria defined by their operation. Once enabled, WMAs automatically collect data from each piece of auxiliary equipment and transmit it into the secure, cloud-based SmartServices database, where it is processed and stored for presentation to the user.
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