Automation Technology Engineer Mikko Tervala, 33, has started as a Customer Manager, Productivity Solutions in 1.1.2019. Mikko has a long and international experience in project management from various industries. Previously he worked as a project manager in international positions at ACTIW Intralogistics. “I have been involved in the development of production in various roles and […]Read more
Boosting industry competitiveness through the digitalisation of production data flows
ARROW Engineering is launching the GEMA system solution for the production industry. The advanced technology of the solution will help industry bring productivity and the development of plant shop floor processes to a completely new level. GEMA utilises the latest innovations in sensor technology and cloud services, providing the only single user interface solution in Finland for digitalising the information needed in production. The solution will benefit the entire production industry, from operators to group management. As the market leader in its industry, ARROW has a firm belief that a light and easy-to-use solution such as GEMA will raise the competitiveness of domestic industry to a global level. That is required to retain expertise and jobs in Finland also in the future.
Latest IIoT technology in use
Digitalisation and the associated new technology solutions allow GEMA to be connected to production machinery in even simpler ways. Machine data collected automatically from production can be imported into the browser-operated GEMA system without separate installations by using a cloud service. This means that production workers have access to real-time, transparent information on the status of production anywhere and with any terminal device.
Involving workers in improving competitiveness
GEMA provides production workers with a unique channel to make an impact and bring their own findings to the management’s attention. For workers, the system compiles in one place the data on the order, product and quality checks to be conducted or, for instance, the operator-driven maintenance tasks at hand. The use of multiple overlapping systems is reduced, data is no longer personified and even the number of things to remember is decreased.
Pen-and-paper methods are still strictly being used at many Finnish plants. There is a lack of digitalised, real-time factual information. For a production manager, GEMA offers automatically collected machine data enriched with operator comments.
This enables production and leadership based on correct information, and no less than in a visual and open way.
“The most significant innovations have to do with data collection architecture, user experience and easily manageable opportunities for the customer to personalise the system for different users. The goal is to provide a single interface solution for managing production and its development”, says CEO Pekka Pylkkänen from ARROW Engineering. International deliveries of the ARROW GEMA have started in March.
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