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 […]

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Integrated with Data Management Systems

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a comprehensive, non-hierarchical approach to equipment maintenance that maximizes Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in safe working environments. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) measures the percentage of planned production time that is truly productive, accounting for three sources of real loss: Availability Loss: All events that cause planned production to stop for […]

Polytron, Inc. Announces Appointment as Gold Tier TrakSYS™ Solutions Partner

Highest Tier is Designed to Help Customers Identify Experts in the Implementation and Management of Solutions Based on TrakSYS™ Duluth, GA, January 31, 2018 – Polytron, Inc. today announced it has been elevated to Gold Tier Level, the highest tier in the Parsec Solutions Partner Program. The Parsec partner program ensures manufacturers worldwide have access […]

RFID Implementation Delivers Product Tracking & Inventory Control

RFID Implementation Delivers Product Tracking & Inventory Control The Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) market started off slow in the early 1990s, but is now expected to reach $14.9 billion by 2022 according to IDTechEx.  RFID was primarily used in the Retail market, but is beginning to grow as a valuable solution in the manufacturing and warehousing sector. […]

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 […]

Back-of-the-Envelope OEE in 5 Steps

We recently received this helpful approach to World Class OEE calculations from Parsec Corporation.  As a Parsec Certified Solution Partner, we wanted to share with you. Back-of-the-Envelope OEE in 5 Steps While calculating and improving your own OEE always adds value to your organization, it helps to know where others stand to truly benchmark your […]

Polytron Contributes to Food Engineering Magazine

Richard Phillips, PE, PMP recently contributed to a Data Collection brainstorm article in the May issue of Food Engineering Magazine. “Data collection is about manufacturing intelligence – systems that collect and store data, and present it to users in a contextualized, relevant, timely manner to drive productivity improvements efficiently, say Richard Phillips, manufacturing intelligence product […]

Track and Trace – Necessary in Today’s Market

Track and Trace – Necessary in Today’s Market Capturing data through the entire manufacturing process is not a new concept.  However, the requirements of targeting specific data sets and reporting metrics have become a requirement in many industries. What was originally stringent in pharmaceutical, food and any other oral consumables has moved into other industries […]

What will automation, controls, and instrumentation look like in 2020?

Brent Stromwall, PE, PMP and vice president of Polytron, Inc. said that by 2020, manufacturing enters a true digital era. On the way, “It is imperative that manufacturers provide more precise and advanced access to technical and reference materials so that operators and technicians are better prepared to operate and maintain both existing and new […]

Increase Efficiencies with Standardized HMI

Every manufacturer has a HMI or Human Machine Interface, but they might not know it. From physical pushbutton stations to sophisticated graphical interfaces with 3D representations of equipment – HMIs are the visible part of a controls and/or manufacturing intelligence system. Unlike controller code that is seen by few, anyone and everyone can see the […]