I recently presented at the inaugural Siemens Bier Tek conference in San Diego. Bier Tek was designed to help micro-brewers and craft brewers learn about how to take advantage of technology to improve their brewing operations.
DMC partnered with Siemens MES to showcase the Simatic IT Line Monitoring System (LMS) software package. Simatic IT LMS is an ideal platform to help even small brewers improve performance in the filling and packaging areas of their breweries.
The LMS presentation demonstrated how Simatic LMS software can be used to monitor filling and packaging equipment regardless of the level of control automation present on the machine. LMS can be configured to grab real time data from equipment PLC’s. If this data is not available, a low cost solution consisting of a few sensors and a Siemens 1200 PLC can be used. In either case, downtime occurrences and tracking of machine availability, quality, and performance can be used to calculate equipment KPI’s including Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
OEE is one of the most valuable indicators of machine performance and is used across a range of industries to quantify and improve machine performance. Simatic IT LMS makes it easy to convert acquired data into dashboards, reports, and corrective actions for reducing downtime, improving performance, and increasing equipment OEE.
As a Siemens SIMATIC IT Partner, DMC offers value added services helping customers realize solutions tailored to their unique business environments in order to maximize the efficiency of MES installations.