Productivity Monitoring in a Glove Factory
By: CAS DataLoggers
The Philadelphia factory installed a dataTaker DT85 Intelligent Universal Input Data Logger in a control cabinet, which was then connected to 2 dataTaker CEM20 Channel Expansion Modules. This provided a total of 162 single-ended analog input channels. The dataTaker runs all day, sampling the data once a minute using a counter showing either a 'running' result of 1 or an 'idle' result of 0. During a shift, machine run times of 85-90% are expected due to the downtime spent changing yarn, etc. Looking at the data, when users see a machine only operating at 60% on a given shift, for example, they can now check to see if maintenance is required.
IT & IE Technician Johnnie Brown was new to data logging for this particular application, but soon after installation, he had a strong grasp of the dataTaker's capabilities:
The intelligent dataTaker productivity monitoring system entirely replaced the factory's lengthy manual productivity methods. The DT85 data logger now downloads the highly accurate data from every knitting machine directly to the office PC via the dEX graphical interface, giving management a true productivity picture. CSV format enables convenient import into Excel, giving the operation high visibility at a cost-effective price. Additionally, the stand-alone solution stood up to continual operation, and the channel expansion modules provided a low-power way to extend its number of inputs to cover all the factory's 120+ machines.
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