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Smart 3D sensors and their impact on Indutrie 4.0

Everyone is talking about Industrie 4.0 or Internet-of-Things (IoT). But which impact do smart 3D sensors like the Gocator have on these technology concepts? We spoke with Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies, about the new possibilities of these sensors and big data analysis.

What impact do smart 3D sensors have on Industrie 4.0?

Terry Arden: Smart factories are built on sensory input, connected devices, and intelligent data analysis. Smart 3D sensors combine scanning, measurement, and control in a single device for 100% inline inspection. Smart sensors connect into the factory network to stream quality control data for pass/fail or optimization. Without smart sensors, factories run ´blind´ and cannot effectively use robotic automation or offer dynamic product line changes.

Will ´big data´ analysis be the next job for inspection system users?

Arden:´Big data´ analysis or deep learning is a job for the global industrial automation companies such as Honeywell and Siemens, as the data they require spans the entire factory and not just the data produced by inspection. Inspection systems already integrate SPC (statistical process control) and monitor out-of-tolerance trending with alarms. Big data takes that in addition to production demand data (now coming from social media), supply chain data, machine uptimes and cycle times, etc., to optimize at a factory production level. Big data is essentially automating the traditional MRP function to respond to customer trends.

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