SpencerMetrics, provider of the award winning CONNECT multi-vendor automated data collection and real-time production analytics solution, is excited to announce incorporation of Legacy equipment via AUTOMATER™ – recognized as a RED HOT Technology at Print 18.
In the current world of Smart Factory/Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), demand for Lean manufacturing and workflow optimization in the printing industry is at an all-time high. Modern printing and finishing equipment lend themselves to such automation; however, Legacy equipment – devices that cannot be “connected” – soak up significant investments that go untracked.
CONNECT’s AUTOMATER will initiate a major breakthrough in automatic data collection, enabling analytics from almost any non-digital Legacy equipment. In addition, it may be appropriate for those devices that require expensive upgrades in order to support network connectivity. “Traditionally, manual or no data collection has left tracking of substantial investments in non-connected machines in a black hole”, said Yutak Kwok, IT Director at spencerMETRICS. “AUTOMATER will enable automatic data capture from such legacy equipment – printing presses, finishing, converting, and mailing devices, or any other machinery, furthering operational insight for the entire factory”.
AUTOMATER integrates seamlessly with CONNECT’s breakthrough shop floor data collection and analytics, allowing labor and production metrics and KPIs to be tracked, analyzed, and reported in real time, providing visibility into opportunities to eliminate unnecessary costs and productivity obstacles, and increasing device utilization.