Exitex build data driven insights using sensor technology from the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub
Exitex Ltd design and manufacture premium cost-effective weather-proofing, intumescent and acoustic products. They are experts in their field and a trusted partner to many leading names in the construction industry. Their focus is to be at the forefront of innovation and design, supported by ongoing investment in new technology. Learn more about their journey to digitalisation.
The SMDH team began to plan how Exitex could capture data on their individual machines' energy consumption and provide analysis to help them to develop a smart factory. Several starting points were identified by the SMDH team:
- The SMDH team identified that energy costs were of critical concern and single metered data was insufficient to get an accurate picture of specific energy use in operations. They had no data to show how much energy their individual machines were consuming.
- Exitex would require a new low cost solution to collect accurate individual machine data.
- Exitex would require analysis of the subsequent captured data.
The Exitex team was committed to improving the usage of data within their business to increase productivity and reduce energy consumption.
The SMDH power sensors clipped on over existing cabling for ease of installation. The sensors were connected to existing Wi-Fi infrastructure and are configured during assembly. The unit was operational as soon as power was applied. Power usage is now transmitted every second to the SMDH secure cloud-based industrial data storage area giving accurate and up-to-date data for management to access. The power sensor is also very compact and was easily installed by Exitex staff, using the instructions provided.
When data was captured and processed, detailed power data analysis was then displayed on specialised dashboards for effective analysis and visualisations.