Machine data acquisition at HARTING Applied Technologies

An overview of your advantages

Is your machine currently in production? Were there any downtimes? Why were there downtimes? How much time elapses between when a machine stoppage and the start of troubleshooting?
To optimise and manage production capacities, certain data, which provides you with important information from your production environment, needs to be collected.

Machine data acquisition, which is part of the basic equipment from HARTING Applied Technologies, provides you with machine-specific process data in real time. These data are stored in a database where it can be used to depict chronological sequences. Machine data acquisition, MDA for short, takes into account the following data:

  • Order status
  • Measured quantities
  • Maintenance work
  • Cycle times
  • Operating times
  • Malfunctions
  • Output
  • Machine statuses

A company gains several advantages through the collection of machine data and the subsequent evaluation of the information presented:

The structure of machine data acquisition

Machine data acquisition at HARTING Applied Technologies is implemented in combination with a Beckhoff controller, an Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA server) and a database. The collected data are visualised graphically on a user-friendly interface. This interface is divided into different dashboards:

  • General machine information
  • Malfunctions
  • Order data of current order
  • Order data
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Machine maintenance
The structure of machine data acquisition

Selection options

Selection options specifically for the individual dashboards.

Visualised time range

Selection of the visualised time range.

Processed machine data

Mapping of the processed machine data to match the selected dashboard.

The "General machine information" dashboard is intended to provide an overview of the machine's efficiency and productivity. It is possible to display the machine data for the entire machine, for individual cells and separately for the individual stations. For example, the general machine information shown here is from the "OK / NOK output [ST080]“ station dargestellt.

The "General machine information" dashboard

Status assumptions

- Chronological sequence of the status assumptions for the selected time range.

- Associated percentage of operating statuses.

Good/reject quantity produced

- Chronological sequence of the produced good/scrap quantity.

- Percentage in the form of quality rates and the scrap quantity.

Cycle times

Chronological sequence of the cycle times that occurred.

All occurred faults of the entire machine are displayed on the "Malfunctions" dashboard. It is possible to display the malfunctions for either the machine, the cell and at the station level. Along with the total number of faults, you can also see the malfunctions at the station level of the "Terminal 2 [ST060]" station shown here.

The "Malfunctions" dashboard

Fault count for the entire machine

- Visualisation of the fault count per hour.

- The higher the fault occurrence, the darker the respective point.

Status assumptions of the machine

Re-mapping of the occurred operating statuses at the machine level over the selected time range.

Fault list

Detailed list of all faults.

Fault overview

- Fault occurrence relating to one particular station.

- Visualisation as a function of the time and the fault code.

With the help of the "Order data of current order" dashboard, important parameters are visualised specifically for the current order in order to perform a quality control of the production quantity, among other things. The measurement results to be displayed can be selected individually.

The "Order data of current order" dashboard

Target quantity

Illustration of the target quantity with the percentage already produced.

Status assumptions of the machine

Chronological sequence of the operating statuses during processing of an order.

Production output

Analysis of the production output over the processing time of the order.

Measurement results

View of the selected measurement results of the current order.

The "Order data" dashboard collects all historical orders and stores them with their important parameters. Each order and the associated measured quantities can be selected individually and viewed in detail. The dashboard view shows the parameters of the historical order numbered "1111111" next to the general order list.

General order data

Processed orders

A list of the processed orders in chronological order, taking into account the production output.

Historical order

- Specific area for a historical order.

- Similar structure to the "Order data of current order" dashboard.

The "Long-term monitoring" dashboard records the operating times of all devices and the measurement results of all measured quantities of the machine. In order to view information clearly, it is possible to display only devices from a specific station or only from a specific device of one station. Similarly, the measured quantities can be selected individually. For example, measured quantity 1 and the "CylGreifer" device from the "Insert contacts [ST040]" station were selected here.

The "Long-term monitoring" dashboard

Measured quantities

Overview of all measured quantities with predefined parameters.

Measurement results of measured quantity 1

Chronological sequence of the measurement results of measured quantity 1.

Chronological behaviour

Chronological behaviour of the operating time of the selected "CylGreifer" device.

The different maintenance intervals of the entire machine are shown on the "Machine maintenance" dashboard. The maintenance intervals can be selected individually. Along with the general overview of all maintenance, you can see a detailed view of the "Daily maintenance".

The "Long-term monitoring" dashboard

All maintenance

Overview of all maintenance with maintenance interval.

Scheduled and performed maintenance

Visualisation of all scheduled and performed maintenance for the corresponding maintenance intervals.

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