The digital factory project started in the aerospace division of the company. Juxtum engineers performed on-site assessments in collaboration with the company’s leadership, engineers, operations, and IT teams to learn about all the equipment the client wanted to connect and assess the data it can affect.
Once the client finalized the plan, connecting the machines was fast and easy, resulting in virtually no downtime for the organization because of Juxtum’s patent on Automatic Deployment of Manufacturing Adaptors. Juxtum’s adaptors obtain a deeper level of data in minutes because the software automatically generates an XML schema for the equipment it’s reading. Juxtum also has an adaptor built explicitly for the Siemens SINUMERIK 840D, a premium CNC machine used throughout this organization.
Of course, not every industrial asset is as easy as others to collect data from. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are a unique challenge for data collection efforts. Manufacturers worldwide use PLCs to automate key processes, but PLCs are not standardized regarding how data is put into the machines. As a result, each data input item results in a unique “tag”.
Juxtum develops custom adaptor solutions for data collection efforts from the client’s PLCs and autoclaves. The custom adaptors not only read the tags (this client had one PLC with 3,000 tags) but also delivers the data semantics that go along with the tags. Providing the data in this format allows the client to pare it down for analysis and optimization quickly.