At first blush, the link between a cow's ear tag and an injection molding machine may seem tenuous. However, it turns out that the technology that works for one, works just as well for the other. A case of lateral thinking at its best.
In 2009, Aisemo GmbH founder Wolfgang Auer developed a technology called Smartbow, which uses an ear sensor to collect data on the movements and body temperatures of cows and to monitor their behavior. If this changes in any way, a self-learning algorithm can predict why this is happening.
Werner Schwarz, CEO of the young Austrian startup, at the company's booth at K 2022 explained how this could be relevant for injection molders: "The sensor in the ear tag enables artificial intelligence to be used to discover what is going on. In this way it is possible to tell very early on, for example, whether a cow is ill or even pregnant," he said. "In the same way, we thought it should be possible to monitor the performance of an injection molding machine, using simple Bluetooth sensor technology."
The idea led to the founding of Aisemo, short for artificial intelligence sensor technology monitoring and founded in 2019 by Auer and Schwarz, who run the company as managing partners. Now at K for the first time, Aisemo is showcasing its noninvasive and manufacturer-independent solution based on artificial intelligence that, Schwarz said, will continue to be expanded as more and more data is collected.