Sciemetric’s Studio 2.0 aiming to help manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 trends
by Sadi Muktadir
The pandemic has also accelerated Industry 4.0 adoption in the manufacturing sector according to David Mannila.
On May 12th, Sciemetric Instruments Inc., a technology and manufacturing-based software company announced the release of their Studio 2.0, meant to give manufacturers the ability to gain more insight from their production line by collecting a variety of data.
The Studio 2.0 can be applied on production lines even with little to no automation or technology, helping even SME’s begin to adopt Industry 4.0 strategies.
“Studio 2.0 can definitely be used in environments with manual operations,” says David Mannila, Product Manager at Sciemetric. (Sciemetric is one of several companies that are part of TASI Group’s Product Integrity organization.) “Even where an operator needs to measure process variables manually, if it’s critical to a product’s quality, then the Studio 2.0 can be applied.”
Studio 2.0 obtains data through a manual operator’s inputs, whether that’s through a keyboard, photo, or other device, and anything that is tested in the manufacturing process can then be collected to ensure its quality. According to David, the Studio 2.0 has been used in automotive manufacturing to test the key critical components of a car engine to ensure it was ready to be rolled out.
The software aims to make the testing and monitoring of production lines more efficient and agile through the ability to adjust Nelson rules for SPC (statistical process control). This is a measure of specific processing data over a period of time (leakage data, thickness variation of a product). By adjusting the rules for SPC, you would be able to correct anomalies and undesirable results in your production line.
When asked about Studio 2.0’s implications in other kinds of manufacturing, David Mannila was clear.
“Due to the pandemic, we’re working with a number of medical device manufacturers. We see that market as a big growth opportunity. Anything being crimped or formed, using gauging operations, or having specifications being measured against can all benefit from Studio 2.0. We’ve been helping a medical device manufacturer digitize their existing process, and taking a lot of data that was inputted manually and helping them increase their quality and efficiency by taking the burden off of the operators.”
According to David Mannila, the pandemic has also seen an accelerated adoption of Industry 4.0 trends in the manufacturing sector.
“We believe we’re still in the early stages of Industry 4.0. We’re starting to see more and more information get digitized and it’s starting to be applied outside of testing stations too. Data from barometric pressure, pallet numbers, and other places are all useful in identifying how Industry 4.0 adoption can be applied across all variables in manufacturing.”
Studio 2.0 continues to be an option for manufacturers looking to digitize the data collection on their production lines or explore how more detailed testing can make them a more efficient operation.
Click to listen to the interview with David Mannila, Product Manager at Sciemetric, talking about the Studio 2.0, and how far along the adoption of Industry 4.0 tools are.