Tuesday, September 12 2017 – EIT Digital is introducing its ‘I4.0 Production Monitoring Solution’, a new initiative launched as part of its Oedipus High Impact Initiative, and designed to help manufacturers quickly assess whether their machines are performing well or need some fine-tuning.
This new modular solution, conceived and developed by the Italian ‘digital innovation and design shop’ Cefriel, is designed to work both with older, non-natively connected machinery, and with newer models that are equipped with Internet connections.
“We will be able to retrofit a machine by connecting it with an external IoT board. Sensors will collect relevant data such as temperature or vibration levels, to provide precious insights on the equipment’s condition. The information gathered will be exported to Siemens’ MindSphere cloud platform, which is specifically designed to monitor industrial plants,” Nadia Scandelli, Cefriel’s Deputy Head of Digital Platform says. This retrofitting process could be potentially very attractive for factories, as it is relatively inexpensive compared to replacing the equipment altogether with newer, smarter models, something which manufacturers tend to avoid or delay due to the high cost of investment.