Others have deployed individual point solutions from multiple vendors. These niche solutions are designed to address specific issues – such as reducing energy costs or predicting substrate moisture content – but are not designed to work well together. Typically, the result is islands of automation, which are difficult to integrate and maintain.
There’s a Better Way: Scalable Analytics
A better approach is a unified, scalable analytics platform that can address manufacturing challenges today. And extend capabilities, performance gains – and ROI – as needs expand.
For example, spray drying is becoming more prevalent in pharmaceutical applications due to improved efficiency, reduced cost and better quality control. Spray drying can be a continuous process – and is very suitable for automation. Process modeling and analytics (from pilot through scale-up) are critical enabling technologies for any continuous manufacturing strategy.
From an operations perspective, an analytics platform can alert operators via dashboard when the process begins to approach quality constraints so appropriate actions can be taken.
And because this solution is holistic, the same scalable platform can be used across a broad range of applications – from facilitating predictive sensor calibration to optimizing energy management.
Simply put, scalable analytics will enable our industry to accelerate innovation in product manufacturing and quality assurance.
See how you can start small and capture value now with this scalable analytics platform.
Co-authored by Jim Miller
Business Director, Advanced Analytics, Rockwell Automation