Add-on box provides real-time guidance for the plant floor

iGear GearBox aims to ensure product quality, products shipped in sequence, and customer satisfaction.

By Control Engineering Staff July 28, 2005

Add-on GearBox technology from iGear helps track quality in real time.

iGear GearBox aims to ensure product quality, products shipped in sequence, and customer satisfaction. The add-on device provides a non-intrusive approach to transferring data between shop floor and business systems to optimize plant performance. It also can be used for data collection and to build products to a broadcast or schedule. It prevents process errors from occurring, provides real-time operator guidance with step-by-step instructions, and stops defective products from advancing downstream. It creates a permanent audit trail of the manufacturing process to document quality and provides a means of collecting and sharing pertinent performance data.

GearBox is non-intrusive so does not void equipment warranties. It’s modular in configuration for flexible and quick connectivity to a wide range of technologies and systems. Built-in application libraries make it simple to install and quick to deploy. Visual Alert System gives immediate operator feedback through stack lights and message displays. Exception logs, traceability information, and production reporting of key performance measures can be presented via the Web.

—Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering, MHoske@cfemedia.com