An IoT systems integrator’s approach to IoT pilots

Courtesy of Priority Payload Report One of the most interesting presentations at the IoT for Manufacturing workshop at Georgia Tech was from Polytron, a systems integrator specializing in manufacturing. While the focus of the presentation was the resurgence of RFID on the shop floor, there were several other takeaways shared by the company concerning planning IoT […]

Protecting Against Malicious Code

On the plant floor, malicious code can easily shutdown production or threaten the safety of your operation.  Learn some valuable protection tips from the United States Computer Readiness Emergency Team (US-CERT). What is malicious code? Malicious code is unwanted files or programs that can cause harm to a computer or compromise data stored on a […]

Going Paperless Delivers High Returns

Going paperless has many advantages; it saves time by erasing data handling and entry, creates visibility with quick real-time evaluations plant-wide, and allows operators to focus on responsibilities. Going Paperless, the manufacturer maximized asset utilization and with every 1-point OEE improvement the company saved $395,000 and produced an additional 2.2 million more cases per year […]

Wearable Technologies: Using Assisted Reality glasses on the plant floor

“Although I would have said in the early stages of the project that the utter lack of companies and vendors with actual solutions to benchmark and apply created challenges, we have not only risen above that but have reclassified it as an advantage.” (Google Glass on the shop floor, 2016) -Peggy Gulick, Director Business Process […]

Smart Manufacturing – 90-Minute Consultation with Polytron Experts

You identify the right team members – We bring the Experts During the 90-minute session, we will discuss your Smart Manufacturing journey and potential starting points based on our project delivery expertise. Your Potential Smart Manufacturing Challenges Turn Manufacturing Data into Decision Points Upgrade Your Industrial Network for high-speed performance OEE and Downtime Tracking Other […]

Polytron, Inc. Expands Certified Machinery Safety Team

In March 2014, Polytron, Inc. became Rockwell Automation’s first North American Machinery Safety Solution Partner.  This Machinery Safety designation is reserved for an elite group of systems integrators that pass a thorough assessment of their safety application expertise, experience and capabilities, and shows a commitment to maintaining excellence in machinery safety applications over the long […]

For Your Immediate Use – Information Regarding WannaCry Ransomware Affecting Manufacturing

PROBLEM:  On Friday May 12th a ransomware program called WannaCry infected more than 230,000 computers around the world. This program began as a phishing attack and installed itself on computers when a user opened an email attachment. The program then made use of Windows vulnerabilities in all versions of Windows. This vulnerability makes it possible for […]

Digital Transformation – What Does It Mean For Your Plant

Polytron predicts that this year will be focused on the trends that begin the journey of digital transformation in manufacturing. It is an approach that is holistic in nature – viewing the plant floor as one living. breathing entity.  It is a manufacturing environment where everything is part of a digital thread, or the interwoven […]

Roadmap to Network Convergence – InTech Article

InTech Magazine, November/December 2016 A global beverage manufacturing was having network performance and communication disruptions between factory floor assets. Read how Polytron upgraded the Industrial Network. The updated network provided the desired performance results and delivered a system that is secure, sustainable, and scalable—eliminating network-related production downtime. The updated network also increased the plant’s networking […]

Control System Modernizations: Is it time for an upgrade?

Average Downtime Costs – Industry surveys have shown that the average cost of a downtime incident is approximately $17,000 to $22,000 per minute equaling around $1.3 million per hour. The manufacturer needed a plan to replace the obsolete drives and migrate to current, more reliable and easily available VFDs. Migrations Start with a Risk Evaluation […]