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“We are taking factories from current data gathering to a Smart Factory process,” says Gary Benedix, VP sales at Indiana-based SYSCON International. The company’s PlantStar MES, with its powerful Data Collection Module (DCM), and other unique capabilities paves the way for the Industry 4.0 Revolution. PlantStar’s DCMs enable edge computing leading to immediate action including product diversion and alerts, effectively predicting and avoiding unnecessary loss. PlantStar is fault tolerant and secure; despite server outages, data can be stored for up to 20 work shifts while the rest of the network is repaired. The company also installs wide screens on factory floors to display the status of machines, processes, or production. These interfaces are available on any device with a web browser to provide insight from various locations.
We are taking factories from current data gathering to a Smart Factory Process
“Every company has different needs and that is the beauty of our well-developed and flexible system,” mentions Benedix. For a client to monitor their sonic welders and leak testers, SYSCON developed proprietary software that will integrate with PLCs in older machines. Elsewhere, a manufacturer of medical bottles implemented PlantStar’s MES to detect bug infestation for the product stored in their warehouse. More recently, SYSCON achieved rapid growth in Asia and Europe by delivering the right solutions for smart factory initiatives. By building upon the feedback from their customers, SYSCON’s innovation lab identifies the means to assist factories to run more effectively and maintain a ‘manufacturing edge’ against competitors. One Michigan-based customer eager to stay ahead of the curve is testing the latest major product release of PlantStar, to be launched in 2018.