IIoT is game-changing for manufacturers. IIoT-connected machines capture and communicate real-time data more accurately and consistently than previously possible, and the beneﬁts of this actionable data are far-reaching.
The Veea Edge Platform™ provides the connectivity and compute power necessary to track and trace the movement of people and things (within centimeters), applying AI and AR to work and workflow, while continuously monitoring and managing building environmental systems for air quality management and energy reduction compliance.
Operators, supervisors, and engineers can gain visibility into production. Engineers can learn from the process, operator, and machine data to improve efﬁciency, safety, and quality on the plant ﬂoor.
Management can make informed business decisions backed by data.
Across all departments, personnel can detect problems and inefﬁciencies sooner and optimize their operations and benefit from data-driven decisions that take the guesswork out of solving problems.
Beneﬁts of Edge Connectivity, Compute and Security for Manufacturers
Optimized Machine Utilization
Connected machines give manufacturers insight into machine health, yield, and maintenance scheduling, including predictive and prescriptive maintenance. These can include overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and overall process effectiveness (OPE). This data helps manufacturers reduce or eliminate expensive machine downtime.
More Efficient Facility Management
IoT-connected environmental sensors can monitor conditions such as vibrations, temperature, humidity, and more. They can detect conditions that negatively impact operations or cause excessive wear and tear to equipment. By controlling lighting, HVAC systems, and other energy consumers on the factory floor, costs can be reduced, while worker safety can be enhanced with cleaner air quality and other factors.
Just in Time Manufacturing
Real-time data reporting makes “Just in Time” manufacturing easier and more automated. Processes can be adjusted in real-time to eliminate waste and allow for production to ﬁnish on time and in sync with materials in process and raw materials, bringing planned production closer to actual production.
Asset Management and Tracking
By adding sensors to equipment, that equipment can be tracked locally, using a mesh network, like Veea’s vMesh, or remotely when multiple factories are managed over a single view. Transferring of equipment depending on supply and demand becomes easier and reduces the need to purchase new equipment. Combining edge connect, compute and secure capabilities, with data stored and acted on locally then shipped to a centralized cloud means assets can be monitored and controlled remotely, allowing for a greater degree of operational and cost control.
Data Monitoring and Management
Connected software allows operators, engineers, and managers to monitor data through HMIs (human-machine interfaces), including desktop, tablet, and smartphone applications. Veea’s platform includes intuitive interactive web and mobile applications, making it easy for employees without IT skills to interact with and be supported by connected manufacturing systems. Centralizing data and institutionalizing knowledge are critical to continuous improvement efforts within large and dispersed manufacturing organizations.
These beneﬁts translate to signiﬁcant business impacts based on cost savings, quality improvement, and increased efﬁciency.
Veea’s Solutions for Manufacturing are Comprehensive
Sensors, controllers, and edge devices as well as application software and security components at the edge, with local edge intelligence and communications capabilities. Because VeeaHub® technology is agnostic to compute and communication protocols, any connected assets can generate valuable data with support for analytics and autonomous system capabilities.
Examples of intelligent assets Veea’s solution for manufacturing plant instrumentation:
- Systems or other assets enabled with sensors, processors, memory, and communications capability
An Array of Devices at the Edge
Edge devices fulﬁll functions including transmitting, routing, processing, monitoring, ﬁltering, translating, and storing data passing between networks, whether on a local network (vMesh) or between a local network and cloud of choice.
Edge devices collect, process, and store data closer to endpoints to make more efﬁcient use of network resources.
- IoT gateways
- Sensors and actuators
- Embedded devices including specialty devices with their own computing capabilities, including processor, memory, OS, and communications capability.