With staffing shortages brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have ratcheted up automation programs to help offset declines in production and productivity—and insulate against future crises.
While there’s tremendous potential for these technologies to revolutionize efficiency, the problem is that they only give us a retrospective view. We know from analyzing the data from sensors that production has slowed, or a product is off-spec. But this data can’t tell us how or why. We see the result but not what
caused the problem.
Augmenting analytics and IIoT with video integration can provide an entirely new view on operations, one that provides insight into not just what happened but also why or how. With visual evidence we can work faster to solve the problem—or prevent it from happening in the first place. And it can be as simple as installing an off-the-shelf GoPro camera at key points—a relatively small investment that can pay big dividends.
Read the rest of this Smart Industry article to learn three ways integrating video into your analytics and IIoT deployments can provide deeper insight and better ROI.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
TBM CONSULTING GROUP
Wes Turner has 20+ years of experience providing hands-on operational leadership in manufacturing, engineering, and continuous improvement. His areas of expertise include lean manufacturing, lean product development, management system implementation, project management, cost reduction, facilities management, technology, value stream and process mapping.