ProTech by Pro Mach at Pack Expo

If you’re going to this year’s Pack Expo be sure to stop by booth 3423 to see how ProTech by Pro Mach enables;  Remote Diagnostic Service of machines, Cloud-based production reporting, Downtime tracking, and Proactive alerting for failure detection. The ProTech area of the Pro Mach booth will have a proactive remote monitoring pneumatic demonstration. Created jointly by SMC, Pro Mach and ei3, you will see how machine owners can know about a problem before it causes a shut down.   This solution works with SMC pneumatics and will be in operation on the Shuttleworth machine at the Pro Mach Booth. We hope to see you in  “Vegas. Learn more about ProTech by Pro Mach

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IF MACHINES COULD TALK

REMOTE MONITORING CREATES NEW BUSINESS MODELS FOR MACHINE BUILDERS From Control Design http://www.controldesign.com/articles/2015/if-machines-could-talk/ By Mike Bacidore, editor in chief Feb 20, 2015 About the Author Mike Bacidore is the editor in chief for Control Design magazine. He is an award-winning columnist, earning a Gold Regional Award and a Silver National Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Email him at mbacidore@putman.net or check out his Google+ profile.

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Bobst and Pro Mach to share Machine Service success stories at the ARC Industry Forum

Two of ei3 customer’s, Bobst and Pro Mach, will be presenters at this year’s ARC forum on Wednesday February 11, at 4PM in a session titled “Machines as a Service Enabler.”The focus of this session is to take a deep look at how machine builders are leveraging the architecture of the Industrial Internet of Things to implement service programs that provide customers with predictive maintenance programs that improve the uptime of machinery.  The session will be hosted by Sal Spada, ARC’s Research Director of Discrete Automation, who will bring his perspective on how machine builders are altering their business models to identify alternative revenue streams while also providing their customers improved reliability of equipment.  Ei3’s transformative Industrial Internet technology is used by machine builders within a wide range of industries to respond to the opportunities created by new business models such as “Industry 4.0”, “Industrial Internet”, “Connected Manufacturing”, and “Connected Asset Value Networks.”   The […]

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LightStay will be in the spotlight at the Hilton Worldwide EMEA engineer’s conference

ei3 is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Hilton Worldwide EMEA Chief Engineer’s conference taking place from February 3rd through 5th 2015 at the beautiful new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti. Ei3 will be present at the LightStay booth in the exhibition area along with Hilton Worldwide Sustainability personnel to provide demonstrations and answer questions. LightStay is Hilton Worldwide’s sustainability improvement methodology.  At the conference a new version LightStay will be introduced that has improved tools for analysis of Sustainability factors normalized for weather, occupancy and property features. Using a continuous improvement process of Measure, Report, Learn and Improve, the LightStay web application  gathers consumption data and reports on Sustainability. Today LightStay has a reviewed and accurate compilation of data for more that 4200 properties in 94 countries and 18,000 improvement projects.  On the afternoon of the first day of the conference Ei3 will present the new LightStay features in the break-out sessions at the […]

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Remote Monitoring Boosts OEE

Remote monitoring in the cloud provides an enhanced solution for OEE If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered World Class. However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE. The disparity drives the growing adoption of cloud-based, OEE measurement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions embedded throughout the manufacturing line. According to a 2013 report by Mint Jutras, 22% of all manufacturing and distribution software installed supports SaaS-based applications, and that number is projected to grow to 45% over the next ten years.1 It takes more than baby steps—manual Excel calculations, incompatible measurements, or systems that don’t disseminate data until after something has gone wrong—to make strides to the top scores. As SaaS becomes more compatible with machinery, the opportunity to […]

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The Industrial Internet of Plastics

By Spencer Cramer Published in Plastics Today on October 24th, 2014 Predictions concerning the economic impact of the Industrial Internet, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), are simply staggering. One estimate suggests a boost to global GDP by as much as $10-15 trillion over the next 20 years, [Source: The Industrial Internet@Work, General Electric]. The hype behind the Industrial Internet stems from its unique ability to create new efficiencies and accelerate growth in productivity. The plastics sector, which represents the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, stands to benefit significantly from the improved efficiencies enabled by IoT. Plastics facilities that integrate IoT solutions into their remote monitoring activities can see value added to their operations through three interrelated dimensions: enhanced data gathering, advanced analytics and remote service. Data gathering Evaluating efficiency must go beyond measuring a specific machine’s uptime if manufacturers want to understand how well their entire operation works together at […]

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Packaging Machines go from Remote Monitoring to the Industrial Internet

Powering packaging performance into the future By Spencer Cramer Published in Packaging Digest on October 1st, 2014 [divider_spacing] Current remote monitoring systems allow operators and managers to react immediately to changes on the plant floor. But what if this connectivity could enable packaging engineers to do so much more? There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. We see this everywhere we go—everything from wristbands that monitor our step counts and heart rates, to Internet-enabled watches, to Google Glass. The approaching ubiquity of these devices is seen in many circles as a breakthrough. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: Packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years—most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet”—and machinery manufacturers have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they build. [divider_spacing] Over the last decade and […]

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Spencer Cramer Interviewed on The IoT Uplink

The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring This week I did a web interview with Jeff Reinke for the latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement.  Jeff’s show focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.  I appreciate Jeff’s work producing this show because it helps to build an awareness of the business value of the Internet of Things.  By inviting guests to participate Jeff is helping develop the IoT community within manufacturing.  My part starts around 2:00 in, enjoy…  

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