Summit Systems, distributor of ancillary equipment for the plastics industry based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, has announced the creation of a new business division focusing on products related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Products include sensors for monitoring energy, conditions and fixed assets managed by wireless radio frequency transmitters, control tools and dashboards.
These are provided with the end goal of delivering solutions to drive greater efficiencies across energy usage and part production.
In addition, the suite includes tools tailored to analyse the collected data in order to reduce costs and improve productivity.
Jem Hudson, the newly-appointed IoT at Summit Systems, said: “IoT in plastics manufacturing really comes into play when the manufacturer is asking questions that begin with ‘I’d really like to know when, or if, or what’. Capturing and utilising data that isn’t readily accessible is the key to providing the answers to help improve production processes, identify issues and pre-empt failures that cause unscheduled downtime.”
Within this IoT deployment, Summit Systems has two recurring areas of focus: Development of a detailed understanding of power consumption at a machine, ancillary equipment, or production line, and; condition monitoring and alerting.
From this starting point, the division can offer sensors for nearly any application, from monitoring pressures and temperatures, through to power consumption and asset tracking.