Video Monitoring of 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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Video PROCESS Surveillance?

When most manufacturing companies, indeed most companies of any type, think about “video surveillance”, they automatically think about security, theft and personnel monitoring. Then, they buy security systems and video surveillance systems to collect massive quantities of video like the following examples. Feel free to watch an entire video. You can see that absolutely nothing of interest occurs. … […]

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Industrial Mind Music

Updated 08/26/16 to fix some typo and link mistakes. Problem Statement Remember the last time a manual told you to press a button and nothing happened? You spent fifteen minutes on the phone waiting for customer service, and then you’re told you just have to press it past where it starts giving pressure, but you […]

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NCSC – The Road Not Taken

The NCSC experience gave us a new perspective on capturing video of business and educational performance. We employed surveillance technology (Bosch) and session performance analysis technology (Dartfish). The technology we didn’t use was the corporate video streaming that is common in schools and corporations. We know a bit about it and, while they weren’t in the NCSC experiment, the […]

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NCSC – Building the Competition System

Update 05/14/15: I added a few more details on the potential staffing requirements. The system we wanted to build is shown in the following diagram. We wanted to push HD video feeds from 9 IP cameras and distribute their video along three independent paths. One path continuously archived all 9 HD video streams. A second […]

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