Internet of Things

(Italiano) Soluzione software preconfigurata per aziende di piccole dimensioni

(Italiano) Soluzione software preconfigurata per aziende di piccole dimensioni

By on March 13, 2017 in Internet of Things, IoT, jpiano®

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Soluzione software preconfigurata per aziende di piccole dimensioni Per le aziende di piccole dimensioni proponiamo jpiano®, una piattaforma MES specifica che grazie a delle funzioni modulari consente di: inserire gli ordini acquisiti dai clienti; eseguire una sequenziazione automatica e proporre una data di fattibilità; rilasciare il piano di produzione ai vari reparti; acquisire automaticamente lo stato di avanzamento della produzione; monitorare lo stato degli impianti; controllare e gestire i consumi ed i livelli di scorte in tempo reale; gestire le attività...

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(Italiano) Un unico strumento per connettere le macchine

(Italiano) Un unico strumento per connettere le macchine

By on March 13, 2017 in Internet of Things, IoT, jpiano®

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italian. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Un unico strumento per connettere tutte le macchine Abbiamo sviluppato internamente una piattaforma MES di ultima generazione, denominata jpiano®, in grado di stabilire una comunicazione bidirezionale con tutte le risorse della fabbrica. In particolare, tramite jpiano®, è possibile: interconnettere differenti tipologie di macchine automatiche, semiautomatiche e speciali; integrare gli implianti attraverso tecnologie tradizionali e consolidate come PLC, oppure tramite tecnologie più evolute appartenenti al paradigma IoT come le reti di sensori wireless e schede di prototipazione open source; integrare le attività logistiche nelle fasi di pianificazione e produzione per una gestione affidabile delle consegne; interfacciamento con i principali software ERP e soluzioni software personalizzate per la creazione di un database centralizzato di produzione dove rintracciare velocemente tutte le informazioni di processo e prodotto. Le soluzioni basate sulla piattaforma jpiano® sono: flessibili, per adattarsi ai diversi contesti produttivi dell’azienda; scalabili, per adattarsi alle diverse dimensioni dell’azienda; affidabili, per tutelare e proteggere i dati...

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Why should you use the Bluetooth in the Industry 4.0?

Why should you use the Bluetooth in the Industry 4.0?

By on February 22, 2016 in Internet of Things, jpiano®

Why should you use the Bluetooth in the Industry 4.0? Bluetooth Low Energy is one of key elements of IoT technologies (Internet of Things), and it’s massively used to connect the mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets with everyday accessories such as headsets, smartwatch, fitness tracker, smartband… On the contrary its use in manufacturing and working environment is very limited: what could be the benefits of using this technology in manufacturing companies? Usually the Bluetooth, like its new version Low Energy commercially known as Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth 4.0, works on frequency 2.4 GHz of the  ISM band (Industrial, Scientific and Medical band). This frequency is free of any license of use and it’s widespread worldwide. Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE is designed for the world of wireless sensors and it has the following features: optimization of the transfer process of small data packages with extremely low energy consumption (approximately 0.01 mW); added security during the data transfer through recognition procedures between devices and encrypting of data transmitted; ability to set specific roles for the devices involved; possible transfers even for long distances (up to several kilometers). In manufacturing environment to resort to using Bluetooth Low Energy sensors can be considered as an efficient alternative to the installation of wired networks. In fact wireless technology allows to place sensors and actuators even in areas of the factory that are difficult to reach with cables. In the era of Industry 4.0, where machines must be able to communicate with each other and transmit data acquired by the sensors it becomes extremely important to ensure effective, reliable and secure communication between devices. To employ technologies with extremely low power consumption, such as BLE, allows to introduce the use of Beacon, small wireless transmitters, in manufacturing environment and to implement a monitoring system in real time 24/7 really effective. Our MES platform, jpiano®, is able to capture data from wirelss BLE devices and to support the development of tailored solutions for different manufacturing industry: production monitoring, transmission data collected by BLE wireless sensors about the progress of production (quantity, time, speed, realized items…) and the machine operation (energy consumption, operating temperature, machine state…) by reporting promptly any breakdowns or stops; tracking and identification of corporate resources,...

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The factory: a speaking entity thanks to beacon devices

The factory: a speaking entity thanks to beacon devices

By on June 25, 2015 in Internet of Things, jpiano®, Tecnologie open source

The factory: a speaking entity thanks to beacon devices || Beacons are small wireless transmitters with low energy consumption, thanks to a Bluetooth Low Energy, BLE, or Bluetooth 4.0 connection. They can signal their presence to devices such as smartphones or tablets with a dedicated beacon-ready application. This new type of hardware is currently used to provide information or multimedia content to retail shops, museums, private houses and key parts of cities such as airports or train stations. But what will it happen if beacon devices are installed inside factories and plants? What would be the added value derived from their use? In terms of the Internet of Things, the installation of beacon devices within the production plants would enhance M2M, Machine-to-Machine, connectivity, because it would allow all the tools inside the factory to talk directly to each other and to communicate data on themselves to any smartphone and tablet in the neighborhood. By installing beacon devices directly on the equipment, the operators may receive through their tablets information about: equipment management, through the transmission of tooling and maintenance instructions for pieces of equipment; production progress, acquiring automatically and in real time the data recorded by the sensors on the equipment; history of stops and microstops; plant monitoring in real time. Furthermore beacon devices, thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 technology, can be used for applications of micro-location and proximity even in closed environments where the classical GPS would be inaccurate. This allows you then to map the entire production area and strengthen the system of traceability of company resources. With push notifications sent by beacon devices each operator may in fact: retrace the entire production of finished products by accessing its production data (master data providers, information on raw materials, treatments performed, values ​​recorded during the quality control…); know the exact location of any material resource in the company (containers used during processing, equipment, raw materials, semi-finished products …). The use of beacon devices within production departments could allow an improvement in the level of safety in the workplace. Running beacon-ready applications also allow you to record the movements of users in physical space covered by beacons. In this way when the beacon devices detect the presence of people...

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Tracking and tracing: two sides of the same coin

Tracking and tracing: two sides of the same coin

By on May 11, 2015 in Internet of Things, jpiano®

Tracking and tracing: two sides of the same coin Traceability, as well as being a legal requirement in certain sectors, is a valuable support for companies operating in the manufacturing sector as it enables them to manage efficiently and transparent the entire production chain. Usually the term tracking and tracing are used interchangeably, but in fact they refer to two different and complementary processes. In fact tracking is the ability to describe the path of a raw material or a lot of production within the production chain by acquiring information at each step made. Tracing instead is the ability to reconstruct back the entire history of a product: from its final state until the raw materials used. The first trial, in practice, it can identify operational structures involved, activities, treatments and steps that need to be documented in order to monitor the progress of the product; the second one allows, for each finished product, to identify the responsibilities of all those involved in the supply chain tracing back the recorded history. A careful policy of tracking and tracing of all resources in the company (raw materials, finished products, equipment, machines…) allows enterprises to support production rates imposed by the market giving customers high quality standards. Companies therefore require a traceability system capable of: recording incoming raw materials by associating each of them an identification code (ID batch) which date back quickly when they occur non-conformities; monitoring the processes of transformation of raw materials in order to know the progress of production and identify any anomalies in the process; controlling the quality of semi-finished output. In this case, the system imports the data relating to the control method adopted, control tools and dates during which such procedures have been carried out in order to ensure the backward path (traceability) and the possibility of identifying the cause of a non-compliance. In order to optimize and update data acquisition and correction it becomes imperative for companies to make use of innovative software applications for tracking. The adoption of computerized means allows to build a traceability system capable of: associate with each batch of raw material date of acceptance, the checks of quality and information related to the supplier of a centralized database so that...

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