Spidex Software Managing Director Jonathan Starling (pictured) gave an extremely well-received talk at the Food & Drink Engineering Summit 2017, held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on November 7th.
In a keynote speech to the Smart Factory stream entitled “See-anywhere data: your first step toward Industry 4.0” Starling told a packed audience that taking part in ‘the next industrial revolution’ need not involve lengthy, expensive infrastructure modifications. “Rather, at the heart of Industry 4.0 will be actionable live data that can be retrieved at any time and viewed on standard devices like smartphones.”
By way of illustration, Spidex exhibited and demonstrated the Factbird shopfloor datacollection system. Factbird, a unique Danish product for which Spidex was recently appointed the sole UK reseller, provides a low-cost, non-invasive means of collecting and viewing live production data.
Spidex’s exhibition stand featured an ingenious rotary mini-conveyor on which a variety of products moved, triggering different Factbird sensors as they passed. The resultant data – conveyed directly to the cloud – was displayed on a live dashboard so that delegates could see just how quickly performance information could be obtained and thereby acted upon.
“The response to Factbird at the show has been a revelation” said Jonathan Starling. “We have met manufacturers, consultancies, engineers and academics here today, and have heard nothing but praise for what this unique system has to offer.”