MiVue® — Transform machine data into manufacturing insight
Unplanned downtime. Inefficient processes. Unnecessary waste. Plastics manufacturing businesses need to minimize these risks with the added pressure of today’s supply chain issues, tighter margins, labor force concerns and increased regulatory oversight. That’s why more manufacturing operations professionals are turning to data to help alleviate the problems they can monitor and manage.
Every manufacturer has incredible volumes of data waiting to be tapped. Unfortunately, that data is often trapped in a repository, poorly organized rendering it useless, or inaccessible due to network and security concerns. So, the cycle of machine downtime, inefficiency and waste continues unchecked. Managers await the next emergency, ill-prepared to predict when it will happen.
Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing how we monitor and manage machines, and thereby the issues that impact the bottom line. This is ushering in Industry 4.0, the next industrial revolution.
You can only manage what you monitor.
In every plastics manufacturing facility operations teams seek ways to increase efficiency. They look at “what happened” in terms of productivity, downtime, regrind and waste volume. But there’s valuable data hiding in every machine that can signal “what could happen soon,” which gives you time to make corrections that could avoid unplanned downtime. In most cases, problems develop over time and are only revealed when they shut you down. But energy consumption changes, operating temperature variations and pressure changes can be used to predict developing problems that help avoid costly failures. If you can monitor various aspects of your machine and see that data graphically in real time, you’re able to visualize trends and predict what’s going to happen.
MiVue®. Developed specifically for the plastics industry.
MiVue was developed by a team of engineers at ACS Group, a company with a 100-year legacy and a leader in the design and manufacture of plastic manufacturing machinery. The brands of ACS provide machines that feed extrusion, thermoforming, injection and compression molding processes, so they understand the importance of how one machine can affect the entire operation.
MiVue gathers machine data, pushes it to the cloud and presents it in real-time in a graphical format that gives you insight into your operations—on any web-enabled device.
Multiple users can review data on their desktop computer or on mobile devices. With actionable data you can maximize resource utilization, reduce unwanted variation, and ultimately optimize your entire manufacturing operation. So instead of worrying and reacting you can look for revenue-generating opportunities that are hiding in your facility. Monitor multiple machines in as many locations as needed to compare and improve operations in different locations, whether they're across the aisle or halfway around the world.
MiVue will also keep you informed remotely with alarms and machine status updates via text and email, so you will be alerted of developing issues before they cause bigger problems. Archive your data on the cloud and use it to analyze what happened, when it happened, and what actions helped mitigate the problem.
Safe and secure using cellular technology.
Because network and data security are more important than ever before, MiVue utilizes cellular technology to transmit information. No network access is required—use it out of the box with simple configuration and no special programming. You get the data you need and your systems department needn’t be concerned with network breaches.
Since the system is device agnostic, you can access data from your existing industrial control solutions including sensors, power management devices, and more.
Getting started is easy.
MiVue can be quickly connected to one machine or many, so getting started is simple and cost-effective. The system scales seamlessly simply by adding data gathering points and integrating that data. MiVue representatives facilitate the entire implementation process and guide you through device additions and reporting configuration. Of course, parts, troubleshooting, and consulting services are also available to help keep your operation running.
Learn more about how MiVue provides manufacturing insight that drives sound decisions at MiVue.com