MicroAI ™, the pioneer of edge-native artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) software, today announced the general availability of the MicroAI Factory. A fully integrated manufacturing software suite that leverages edge-native artificial intelligence to capture manufacturing floor data from existing systems and sensors to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), real-time cycle time analysis and predictive maintenance.
MicroAI Factory will be deployed locally in industrial computing devices on manufacturing sites or industrial sites, acquiring data from programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and sensors related to machines or people on the production site, and then automatically constructing them using edge-native AI engines Cycle time analytical models and behavioral models to generate deep insights into machine operation and employee behavior. This modeling technique provides real-time analysis of performance, productivity and uptime, while also detecting operational anomalies and enabling alerts, work order generation and maintenance scheduling based on preset thresholds.
MicroAI CEO Yasser Khan said: “MicroAI Factory improves overall equipment efficiency for manufacturers by providing holistic real-time operational cycle analysis as well as advanced early anomaly detection to predict potential failures and performance issues. Ultimately, MicroAI Factory will transform equipment from human labor. Management becomes self-management.”
Topio Networks is a leading industry enabler tracking Industry 4.0 and a hyperconnected world. Philippe Cases, CEO of the company, said: “In addition to leveraging artificial intelligence to innovate on the shop floor, MicroAI can significantly reduce the cost of ownership of predictive maintenance applications by adding no additional burden to maintenance field applications. MicroAI is the first company to enable Customers stay away from troublesome manufacturing software companies.”
MicroAI Factory is deployed in a small computing device at the edge layer and connected to PLC and sensor systems within the factory or industrial facility. All data processing, analysis and storage occurs within the facility premises, eliminating the data security and connection reliability challenges associated with cloud computing.
The suite provides a single point of operation and control for operations management, with access to multiple control panels within a facility via a local area network (LAN), or outside the facility over the Internet. Servers can be networked across multiple facilities, allowing analysis results to be shared without exposing data. MicroAI Factory can be deployed as a point solution within a single facility, or at multiple sites that operate independently, with the ability to synthesize analysis while maintaining data integrity at each site.