Specdrum implement sensor technology and build clear data visualisations
Specdrum is a family run business that has over 30 years’ experience manufacturing conveyor pulleys and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of this product, producing in excess of 50,000 pulleys annually. With a growing client base Specdrum is expanding their headquarters to enable them to meet increasing demand.
The SMDH team and Specdrum Management, assessed the data needs and goals of the business and identified the corresponding areas in the production process and factory floor that would benefit the most from improved data insights. This included power monitoring of CNC machines, air quality monitoring in the welding area of the factory, oil usage monitoring, temperature monitoring in the paint area and pressure and temperature monitoring of the autoclave.
The SMDH team liaised with Specdrum to install digital and data solutions to harness and analyse the process data to obtain meaningful and timely insights.
• 2 x air quality sensors were installed, both were used to monitor the air quality in the welding area of the factory.
• 1 sensor installed to monitor the fuel consumption of a diesel tank.
• 4 x temperature and humidity sensors were installed in the paint area of the factory.
• 1 autoclave temperature and pressure sensor installed.
An external gateway and factory view install was also provided for Specdrum. The solution was developed to meet the specific challenges identified by the company. The sensors results display on one dashboard to enable clear data visualisations for the management team to monitor.
There was a significant challenge in monitoring the pressure generated by the autoclave during night-time heating. Autoclave sensor and data visualisations emerged as a crucial insight in addressing this challenge. With sensors for temperature and pressure now in place the data insights at night can be accurately assessed. By leveraging autoclave data, the company can monitor end product quality and achieve significant night-time runtime and energy cost savings.
“Within Specdrum, we had lots of ideas about how we could monitor and record data around our facilities to analyse costs and performance but needed a partner with the experience and expertise of sensors in industrial applications. The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub helped us identify areas of priority, and supplied the designs and funding needed to perfect the sensors and dashboard, providing an extremely user-friendly solution”.
David Glasgow Specdrum