Feasibility Study into Remote Plant Monitoring via Smartphone
Business: Cambrian Printers Ltd.
Expertise: Manufacturing Systems Engineering Duration: 4 months
Result Areas: Improved Plant Control and Efficiency Technology : Intelligent Software
Cambrian Printers are a commercial printing company in Aberystwyth, specialising in short run colour printing for magazines, catalogues, books, brochures and journals. They run 24 hours a day, producing journals, magazines and brochures for customers across the UK.
24 hour operation means that the top expertise cannot always be on-site, and management wanted to investigate the technical feasibility of taking data from the commercial monitoring systems, and making it available to managers on smartphones.
The feasibility study by ASTUTE and Cambrian Printers resulted in a system that provides up to date information to managers about the performance and status of all machines, which staff are working at any time, and the status of all orders and invoices. The managers are able to set the software to actively contact them by phone if specific conditions occur, e.g. if a critical printing machine is down for more than two hours.
The monitoring software has demonstrated that it is possible to enable operations management staff to keep better track of what is happening in the factory from their smartphones. This is improving efficiency and up-time for printing machinery. It is also giving management the tools to keep better track of what is happening in the factory, and making Cambrian Printers even more competitive as a result.
“When we first spoke with the ASTUTE team about our vision for an iPhone app, we were impressed with the technical excellence of the team. It seemed that our wildest thoughts and imaginings could be produced with great ease, fairly seamlessly. The appearance of the app is everything we wanted it to be and has made a real difference in our daily activities. The app is now a firm favourite and checked daily by all who have access to it, most usefully when senior managers have had to be away on business so they can keep an eye on what’s going on”
- David Lowe, Commercial Director