Category: Factory

Toward a Video-for-Operations Ecosystem (Updated 6/22/17)

(Note: I published this long post and Microsoft released Office 365 Stream the next day. I felt compelled to include it in an update at the end).  I describe a vision of integrated video handling in industrial operations. My goal is to identify and interconnect many independent technology building blocks into one coherent “system” … […]

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Video For Operations – High Resolution

A Revolution in Camera Resolution Most of us have seen the footage from convenience store security cameras … usually in the context of a police report or plea for citizen help. The videos are grainy, have poor color, and often lack the detail necessary to see the suspect clearly, let alone identify them in court. However, […]

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Video for Operations – The Cost Lines are Crossing!

In previous blog articles, I advocated using video monitoring technology in standard production operations. In writing these notes, I often wondered why this hasn’t happened already? The opportunity and benefits seem so obvious, and the costs seem so reasonable. I never found a definitive answer, but I suspect that it may be tied to decision-makers’ […]

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Manufacturing needs a Time Machine – Seriously!

Factories need time machines! It would be really cool if a quality manager could go back in time and watch how (ultimately) defective units were made … their actual journey through production. It might help the maintenance engineer to watch a (later broken) machine as it started to give signals in the minutes and hours before it […]

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Industry 4.0 – Where’s the Video?

A very hot concept in manufacturing is the prospect of “Industry 4.0”. Originating in Germany, it is envisaged as a factory where recently emerged technologies (automation, digital communication, Internet of Things, cloud, etc) are combined to assemble complete, automated production systems that require minimal human oversight and intervention. The following YouTube video makes the concept […]

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