Birkenhead based consumer packaged goods manufacturer, Organica (UK) Ltd, has partnered with DATAHONE Ltd to exploit the world of sensors and data analytics for real-time production monitoring. Organica (UK) Ltd started life in 1998 and focus on the manufacture and distribution of household cleaning products to leading supermarket brands. Their Technology partners on the project, DATAHONE Ltd, focus on providing industry-leading sensor technology and analytics developed specifically for the manufacturing industry from their R&D facility base in Sensor City, Liverpool.
The project was made possible with the help of a grant from the Made Smarter initiative currently being piloted in the North West region.
The 4th industrial revolution (or Industry 4.0) was described by Forbes Magazine as “computers [that] are connected and communicate with one another to ultimately make decisions without human involvement”. Sensor technology and their connections to industrial machines gives manufacturers the ability to monitor and manage production on a scale that has so far not been possible.
Organica’s application of production monitoring comes at a time when they are seeing increased demand for their environmentally friendly products, meaning an understanding of accurate performance and delivery times has never been more vital. The integration of interconnected sensors from the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) will enable Organica to achieve better yields, machine uptime, a reduction in unnecessary maintenance stops and inevitably, more production output with the same capital assets and costs.
DATAHONE CEO, Cliff Brereton stated that “Organica’s management can now more intelligently manage production and deliver tangible increases in productivity adding to the bottom line and the highest levels of customer satisfaction. The optimism surrounding improvements to the blending processes and packaging lines was seconded by Organica Technical Director, Dr Noel Doyle who has said that “due to increased demand we needed to monitor in real-time our performance and ensure that assets were fully optimised and yields maximised. This deployment will enable us to do just that”.
DATAHONE believe that ultimately, the ‘Intelligent Factory’ is not something for the future, but an imperative for all manufacturers now, to remain competitive. It’s time for manufacturers to start
thinking about what they will do with the additional 20% productivity Industry 4.0 type projects like this are going to identify and deliver for them, now that they can really supervise their manufacturing processes and workflows.
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