Emsys - Process monitoring in real time

By believing in sustainable and qualitative processes in which employees and machines are deployed optimally to produce cost efficiency, Emsys's extensive technological applications provide - based on the data analysis of logistic and production processes - a real-time monitoring of activity, higher profitability and lower costs in the short term.

Ebola virus found in paper packaging; production company unable to recall products in time; 1,000 lives in jeopardy - hopefully, these kind of messages remain purely science fiction, but it does attract one's attention.

Thankfully, quality assurance is still high on the agenda and regulations are installed to prevent that kind of bad news. But how fast is the industry when it comes to informing the supply chain, brand-owners and even the consumers when something is going wrong.

One of the first actions is to identify goods that could have been affected. Is this the easy part? How sure can one be that the suspected goods are the correct ones? In other words, how reliable is the replenishment of the production process?

The human factor

Unless you have a full-blown automated replenishment process, the human factor has to be taken into consideration. If you know how many times raw materials are transported and how many stages they went through before entering production, you also know that the probability of something going wrong is perhaps only a matter of time.

In order to prevent such terrible news, Emsys introduced the 'poka-yoke' concept to its solutions. The web-based full-logistic software platform is able to track all incoming goods, and control replenishment of the production lines and finished products. In a closed loop, the company codifies four million packages a year at a speed of 460m an hour with a unique code.

Due to the openness and integration with the production lines, no mistakes can be made. At any time, the system knows exactly which materials have been used and production lines will stop automatically if the materials are not correct.

Due to this poka-yoke concept, the produced data is correct and recall information is accurate. The closed-loop information platform enables the customer to provide recall information in no time - saving lives.

Tools of the trade

As a result of the unique codification on each package, Emsys created a strong marketing tool. Because every package is uniquely identifiable, brand-owners can use it as a marketing tool to create promotions or to analyse their market. In this respect, they are able to contact the end user and retrieve valuable marketing data. Second, it is possible to use smartphones and let the package communicate with the customer, providing more detailed information about their product.

The full logistic platform of Emsys is open and evolving to a new design software. The company strongly believes in the trend of agile application networks instead of large, modular and centrally managed systems.

In this respect, Emsys can easily integrate third-party applications to improve the business process and functionalities.

In its efforts to improve business processes, and to contribute to a healthy and safer use of packages, Emsys introduced new quality-detection-based 3D scanning. A new and state-of-the-art technology, already used in the world of robotics, is now available to detect product defects in the production line. Multiple quality inspections are possible, such as label defects and positions, product defects, blister pinholes and shape detection, for example. Beside turnkey vision projects, Emsys can also help machine manufacturers, producers and integrators improve their vision technology knowledge or advise them how to use vision technology to improve their processes.

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