February 2018 LabVIEW User Group Review

Metis Automation hosted the North West LabVIEW User Group at sensor City Liverpool on February 5th, 2018. During this fun and educational event LabVIEW developers from all over the North West met to discuss their current challenges and learn from the sessions. Time Critical Communications for Industrial Robotics Peter Whiteley, Metis Automation presented a fascinating session about the progression of a project involving remote control of an industrial robot. He explained how the software had developed to meet harsh environmental challenges found when operating the robot in remote areas. He explained the solution that we finally implemented involved using UDP […] Read more

New Website Published

Metis Automation have built our expertise developing custom software solutions to improve product quality and manufacturing process.  With an increasing focus on Industry 4.0, we have updated our vision and published a new website to make it easier for customers to showcase our manufacturing products. Our revised vision is to develop cutting-edge software that enables manufacturers to reduce costs and increase profits. We achieve this by improving product performance, cutting defects, increasing productivity and reducing downtime. What We Do Metis Automation develops error proofing software and solutions for discrete manufacturers. Software that integrates with production processes using sensors, smart tools, PLC’s, robotics […] Read more

Metis Automation to Present at NI IIoT Roadshow

Metis Automation will present practical case studies and experiences of implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0 projects at this free one-day educational seminar hosted by National Instruments. The event will be on 28 March 2018 from 08:30 – 16:30 at Coventry Manufacturing Technology Centre. Event Details This event is for engineers and engineering managers with an interest in implementing an IIoT solution. Implementing the Industrial Internet of Things and achieving its benefits can’t be done alone. No single engineer has all the answers, and no one vendor has all the tools. But, through collaboration, the IIoT’s promises of increased uptime, enhanced […] Read more

Metis Automation Wins Unilever Pitch Challenge

Metis Automation took part in a two-day advanced manufacturing Hack and Pitch event. This was facilitated by InnovateUK, to propose potential solutions to three key packaging challenges raised by Unilever. The Challenge In a joint pitch with Whistonbrook Technologies, Metis Automation won a challenge to measure packaging resilience throughout the supply chain. Judges commended the joint pitch as innovating and an ideal example of what Hack & Pitch events aim to achieve. Notably, a collaboration between companies with the complementary expertise to deliver outstanding solutions to their customers. Unilever has invested in a state of the art Advanced Manufacturing Centre […] Read more

North West LabVIEW User Group February 2018

Come along to our North West LabVIEW User Group and learn about LabVIEW with our expert presentations and interactive sessions. The event will be held on Monday 5th February from 12.30pm – 5.00pm at:- Sensor City 31 Russell Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5LJ. Register Now: It’s free to come along, so Click Here to Register. If you know someone else in the area who uses LabVIEW, please forward the details to them. Read more

Paperless Manufacturing

Paperless Manufacturing is when work orders and work instructions needed to control the production process, are replaced by an IT System that connects to manufacturing processes. The IT System then controls and guides the production process, resulting in increased efficiency and enhanced product quality. Key Features of Paperless Manufacturing: Digitally connected production systems. Work orders and work instructions delivered to each workstation. Error Proofing from manual decision making at each production station. Reduced training for new products with guided manufacturing processes. Key Results of Paperless Manufacturing: 30% boost in productivity, as a result of increased machine uptime and usage. Improved reporting […] Read more

Mass Customisation

Mass Customisation is when a manufacturer creates completely customised products at the same scale and cost of mass-produced items.  Key Features of Mass Customisation: Customers and suppliers collaborate to create customised products. Unique product designs are scheduled automatically into a manufacturing process while using an automated sales ordering process. Connected Factories can be used to process sales orders into the manufacturing processes, to produce the customised product. Customers can track the progress of their product, with insight into the production data. Key Results: An advantage over competitors, who can consequently only supply a fixed number of options. Reduced manufacturing costs of […] Read more

Metis Automation Wins Industry 4.0 Award

Metis Automation has been recognised as a leading player in providing advanced manufacturing software. We won the Industry 4.0 Award, sponsored by Siemens at The Northern Automotive Alliance Awards 2017. Industry 4.0 is the convergence of digital, physical and biological assets in manufacturing. The Northern Automotive Alliance Awards showcased the successes of vehicle manufacturers, supply chain companies and service providers in the region. The ceremony was held on The 9th of November 2017 at the Mere Hotel Golf Resort Knutsford. The judges acknowledged that Metis Automation has a clear, client-driven requirement that results in a practical, real-life application. For this reason, our […] Read more

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 (otherwise known as connected manufacturing) was developed in Germany as a proposed way for SME manufacturers to remain competitive and relevant in the future. German business leaders recognised that their factories could not compete with low-cost manufacturing abroad, so they decided to develop new and innovative techniques to stay competitive. Key Features of Industry 4.0: Digitally connected production systems Paperless factories with fewer overheads More responsive manufacturing businesses Process automation that speeds manufacturing processes Supply chain automation to integrate with customers and suppliers Key Results: Software, Hardware, Integration & Support Service 30% boost in productivity, as a result of […] Read more

Connected Manufacturing

Connected Manufacturing is a factory automation system where manual and automated manufacturing processes are connected together. This, therefore, allows the automation of entire manufacturing processes and production planning. Key features of Connected Manufacturing: Manual and Automated processes are connected to business planning systems. Immediate feedback on the current production status. Improved maintenance and machine usage. Automated control of manufacturing process and flow. Key Results:  30% boost in productivity as a result of increased machine uptime and usage. Reduced time for marketing new products. Competitive advantage as a result of meeting customer demand with ‘make to order’ products. Increased production quality and reporting as a result of […] Read more
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