As part of the development of any automation solution, all of our systems are modeled in a comprehensive 3D design software called SolidWorks. This gives the project and plant manager the ability to complete a virtual walk through of the project. During this review, often forgotten component placements can be viewed prior to construction. As an example: location of HMIs, control stations, walk ways, head room clearance, lift truck aisles, conduit and tubing runs – to list a few.
Maintenance managers see this as a valuable tool for reviewing access to equipment prior to installation for maintenance purposes. As an example, checking to insure there is room to remove or maintain a component, or insure other components are not in the way.
We manage all areas of data collection for you, automating your plant accordingly, and then tying it together electronically with controls systems, robotics, visioning systems – whatever makes the most sense and provides value and efficiency beneficial to your operation.
Most recently JAE has applied its considerable experience to automating a large commercial cheese maker and to automating and improving the operations of a hardwood and laminate flooring manufacturer.
In both cases, JAE representatives met with key plant personnel to define the project first, and then moved on to assessing the readiness of the controls network and the local area computer network for supporting the initiative.
The projects are ongoing and represent a substantial mutual commitment of time and effort. It’s all well worth it. The result is a plant-wide system which provides key production information in real time, to the people who need it, automatically and with accuracy, 24 X 7.
JAE would be pleased to discuss how we can leverage our experience for you.