The Dell & Action Point Solution
Bringing intelligence to the factory floor
The Dell and Action Point solution.
- Dell Edge Gateway with an Intel® Atom™ processor
- Action Point traceability system
- Action Point environmental monitoring IoT system
- ALPS sensors (temperature/ humidity/pressure/etc.)
- B+B Smart Wzzards for Sensor Connectivity
- Dell Statistica
Dell and Action Point — bringing intelligence to the factory floor.
For Action Point, success is all about helping customers achieve goals through innovative use of technology. For more than a decade, they’ve been delivering premium quality, custom software development services across Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. When their customer, ALPS Electric Ireland, Ltd. needed to increase their manufacturing efficiencies, Action Point knew just what to do.
Because ALPS Ireland wanted to capture data from the factory floor, Action Point developed a monitoring system that would capture key environmental factors on the factory floor. This information would be correlated against activities that were recorded by a complementary traceability product also created by Action Point.
Then Action Point turned to Dell OEM Solutions. Using a distributed network of ALPS sensors, all data was communicated back via a wireless mesh of B+B Wzzards through to a Dell Edge Gateway powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor. Using Dell Statistica on Intel® Xeon® processor-based systems, ALPS Electric Ireland could look for correlations between sensor data and outcomes on the factory floor, such as failure rates and throughput.
In one instance, ALPS Ireland switches paint thinners on a seasonal basis, with a trial-and-error process used to identify when the changeover happens. This can result in an increase in failure rates and hence increased costs. After implementing the traceability system to capture environmental information, they were able to predict a failure before it happens, avoiding unnecessary downtime and failures.
The environmental data also highlighted a previously unknown training issue when the environmental data from a machine on the SMT line that has tightly controlled temperature and humidity showed regular humidity spikes and temperature dips. The machine was being opened at unplanned times, potentially causing quality issues, but management visibility will allow this to be improved.
The various air pressure readings from outside the factory through to the positive-pressure paint-booth are being analyzed and correlated with failure rates. The aim is to confirm an assumed correlation of lower paint booth air-pressure with paint inclusions. It can be costly to maintain a positive air pressure, so if the correlation is weaker than expected, there could be potential savings on HVAC costs.
ALPS Electric Ireland, Ltd. now has full visibility into the functionality of their factory floor. Powerful insight that makes them more efficient than ever, and is a strong enabler for testing and measuring continuous process improvement.