In an increasingly competitive marketplace smarter technology can offer big advantages to production facilities such as increased flexibility, efficiency gains and reduced down-time. Visitors to Mitsubishi Electric booth at the at the National Manufacturing Exhibition will be see how these goals can be met with connected production systems, intelligent control systems and artificial intelligence.
The solutions on show will include handling big data using cloud computing, predictive maintenance, collaborative robots and optimised municipal water management by artificial intelligence – all of which are designed to improve production. The digitalisation of processes will feature prominently, in addition to the wider application of AI for improved process management in the water industry.
Efficient water management by artificial intelligence
Process management, visualisation and control package Aquatoria® can deliver balanced water pressure across distribution networks, significantly improving water service levels, reducing leaks and lowering energy usage. Optimised control can be achieved by applying automation technology to system equipment such as valves and pumping stations with Aquatoria® providing a control platform that optimises all resources.
The entire automation process is part of a wider market requirement for increased digitalisation, resulting in better control and efficiency. Ultimately this means connecting equipment over an intelligent network that then allows the addition of a software layer which can coordinate all the automated equipment. Smart devices such as PLCs, Inverters and sensors provide the data and feedback required for a detailed visualisation of an entire network or system, and the ability to affect precise real-time control. Management and optimisation of the system is achieved using the Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality in the Aquatoria® software.
Real time control in production
Mitsubishi Electric’s solutions for Cloud Computing help businesses benefit from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Solutions are built on local control platforms to provide filtering and pre-processing of production data from intelligent devices, while at the same time facilitate communications to a cloud services.
Cloud computing is particularly beneficial when using of robotics in manufacturing. Production data is captured, processed and delivered to systems to enable production decisions to be made in real time. Large volumes of data can be stored and used to perform analytics, deriving trend information which can improve overall plant performance. Live usage data can be analysed by a preventive maintenance feature which compares the data to a dynamic model of the robot’s component parts. Service life and maintenance requirements can then be predicted in real-time.
Intelligent and collaborative robots
The MELFA FR robot portfolio of vertically articulated robotic arms and horizontally articulated SCARA robots offers versatile connectivity for easy integration into production systems. Integration of a safety camera can ensure human and robot can work alongside each other efficiently. This allows the operator to safely work with the robot in close proximity.
Smart Manufacturing solutions from Mitsubishi Electric at National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Exhibition are located at Stand P03