A system integrator in Europe was given responsibility for collecting data from over a dozen thin-film plastics machines and making that data available to the company’s business processing systems. The complexity of the system became apparent when after almost a year there was little sign of progress.
Realizing that a new approach might be necessary, he tried using the Cogent DataHub. Very quickly he was able to connect to the OPC servers for the thin-film machines, and feed all of their production data into the DataHub in real time. From there, he was able to log the data to a database, where it was accessible for business processing. He also ran a separate copy of the data in Excel for the company engineers to analyze live production data. The result is cost savings in a number of areas because accounting is working with current production figures and engineering can do live, real-time analysis of processes, all with a single tool.