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Automation specialist at Smart Factory Expo


Novotek UK and Ireland, the industrial IT and automation specialist, will be attending the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool on November 14 and 15, 2018.

It plans to demonstrate the new GE Digital Predix Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

The Predix MES suite of software aims to allow plant managers, engineers and C-suite executives to gain insight into every aspect of their business operations in real-time, allowing them to reduce costs, improve quality and speed up production.

Predix MES consists of a suite of software systems, each of which is tailored to a different aspect of business operation. Plant Applications, the operations management part of the suite, offers an ideal tool for process plant managers and engineers to improve productivity by using the data from existing production automation to deliver a mix of tracking, performance analysis and quality enforcement tools that different personnel can use to be more effective in their work.

“Many people still think only of automated systems and robotics when they think of smart factories,” explains George Walker, managing director of Novotek UK and Ireland. “However, industrial IT systems such as the Predix MES are necessary to truly use these systems in an efficient and intelligent way.

“With an MES, plant managers can extract extensive insight into whether each system or piece of equipment is operating effectively. For industries where traceability of product is important, such as food and beverage production or pharmaceutical processing, managers can ensure they can provide comprehensive reports on product genealogy. And by putting machine data alongside the genealogy and the event data, improvement teams get fast insight into the root causes of variance.

“Crucially, this data must be accessible in an easy-to-understand format in as close to real-time as possible. This is what sets GE Digital’s Predix MES apart; it can collect, analyse and visualise status, performance and quality data rapidly, so different stakeholders can each manage their part of a fast-moving operation.”

The Smart Factory Expo brings together over 120 digital technology companies to demonstrate the trends and technologies that will help develop the next wave of smart factories. The event sets out to show the UK’s strength in the high-end manufacturing industry.

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