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Independent cart technology helps OEMs and end users keep pace with data-driven manufacturing paradigm

03 August 2018

Independent cart technology is, without a doubt, the future of high-agility manufacturing systems. Able to exploit the almost constant levels of change required for modern manufacturing, processing and packaging operations, its agility is complemented by a raft of additional benefits, including higher throughput, OEE and uptime and lower energy costs, wear and floor space.

With near real-time collation, analysis, disbursement and deployment of operational data becoming common place in contemporary manufacturing operations, many companies are reaching an enforced capability plateau due to the performance limitations of mechanical assets.

Real-time data certainly highlights areas of improvement in terms of productivity, quality, agility and flexibility, but if the hardware it is designed to influence is not developed to a commensurate level, all this data collection becomes an exercise in futility. For this reason, OEMs and end users are demanding ever more flexible automation solutions that can leverage this influx of modern manufacturing data… and then put it to work almost as quickly as it is collected.

Rockwell Automation offers a comprehensive range of automation and software products that are designed to leverage advances in both the complexity and volumes of manufacturing data. These flexible and agile manufacturing solutions include its iTRAK and MagneMotion independent-cart technologies (ICT), which are already seeing deployment in a number of innovative machine concepts, including applications in the CPG, food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

Read the full article in the August issue of DPA

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