ROCKWELL Automation has released a ‘real time’ production reporting system said to deliver a better understanding of the performance of manufacturing plants.
Plant Intelligence in a Box (PI Box) is said to be a cost-effective PI Box solution that utilises e-manufacturing technologies to deliver information on production performance directly to the enterprise and the factory floor.
PI Box brings together hardware, software, consulting and training services into a single, pre-configured ‘starter pack’. According to the company, this package can be rapidly deployed to interface with almost any control system, from which it will automatically collect and log data during production.
Key performance metrics are immediately reported to the company’s Intranet allowing anyone connected to the network, and with the appropriate security to view the information via a Web browser.
The information reported by PI Box includes: reasons and justification for equipment breakdown, historical trends of key production variables, and most significantly, the operating efficiency of equipment (OEE).