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Saturday 20 October 2018
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Automated Manufacturing Plants controlled by Wi-Fi installations

Some manufacturing plants today are controlled by Wi-Fi installations. Certainly, as the industrial internet of things (IIoT) progresses and is updated, the process of controlling automation can definitely be initiated from your tablet or mobile phone. If and when a problem occurs, you can be advised remotely. This is how our world is changing today, all of it being encompassed by the industrial Internet of things. Most electro mechanical operators and robots used in the manufacturing process have built in data capturing devices, enabling them to be remotely addressed. They also have the ability to transmit and issue a warning when they are not functioning correctly. All that is required is an excellent wireless network of the type designed and installed by a professional. This relays the software instructions to various equipment capable of receiving.

Certainly, in the Toronto area there are professionals who are able to advise you of the best system for a plant depending on how and what is being manufactured. Motor vehicle plants are, to a certain extent automated, but all not necessarily running on a wireless network. As an example, recently, an auto maker in Oakville, Ontario, has installed a Wi-Fi vehicle assembly process. This process, controlled by a network, has vision sensors and can advise on paintwork imperfections and all assembly imperfections. At a cost of some 700 million dollars spent, the plant managers say it was well worth it. At the end of the day the plant produces vehicles with advanced robotics, all wirelessly controlled.

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This assembly plant in Oakville Ontario, is one of the first Wi-Fi manufacturing assembly lines has Wi-Fi provisioning on the line reducing the complexity of the work to be done and at the same time, saving costs. Using this SYNC software, developments can be made, and simply transmitted to other plants if needed. This factory has, for example, around 92 unique parts each one which has a Wi-Fi address. Quality control is also Wi-Fi controlled. Equipment and devices in some the vehicles today have Wi-Fi controls and the software can be updated. This is just the start using Wi-Fi transmitted software to installations where robots are controlled and is becoming a worldwide trend.

 

This may sound a little like science fiction to most people. However, when you think of how your computer accesses the Internet and all the software you can download, one can understand that this can be all applied by Wi-Fi to a Manufacturing process. One factory, making shoes and clothing, uses sync software which basically controls machines, cutting out materials and instructing sewing machines for stitching etc. So, the industrial Internet of Things has taken shape with incredible speed. The example of the motor plant based in Oakville Ontario, is just one example of how Wi-Fi can be used.