Partnership exploits opportunities for wider IP video deployment in manufacturing plants
22 April 2014
NW Systems Group has announced a partnership with Swedish-based industrial automation and safety products provider Kentima, in a bid to focus on the wider deployment of IP video monitoring systems in UK manufacturing and processing plants.
NW Systems has been deploying IP video monitoring systems in food processing and discrete manufacturing plants in the UK for some years but has been looking for an IT provider with domain expertise to help expand its offering.
Frank Crouwel, NW Systems’ founder, believes that the real power of IP video can only be fully realised in the manufacturing world if it is fully integrated with HMI/SCADA or other Industrial Control Systemsor, in larger plants with MES and ERP systems.
If integrated into existing control systems, IP cameras can support manufacturing processes in key areas such as Work in Progress (WIP) visualisation, product traceability, non-conformance management and quality control management more generally. As centralised control systems are connected with more devices and systems throughout a manufacturing plant; the opportunities to use cameras to support processes increases exponentially.
Crouwel explained: “The fact that data transmission via Ethernet is becoming more widespread in UK plants and standards bodies such as the OPC Foundation are working so hard to establish best practice for interoperability between control devices; makes the time right to explore wider deployment of IP cameras in this market alongside Kentima’s SCADA and video management software.”
Kentima’s product suite includes its WideQuick HMI SCADA software, Ethiris Video Management Systems and industrial computers – all designed to help increase productivity and efficiency in manufacturing plants.
NW Systems will now offer Kentima’s WideQuick and Ethiris products alongside its existing portfolio of IP video products. It is hoped that this combination will give manufacturers the opportunity to implement HMI/SCADA systems (with or without video) without launching costly MES deployments which may take years and are expensive to roll out.
Mads Bo Frederiksen, area sales manager at Kentima, said: “Widespread deployment of PROFINET, combined with the work of OPC Foundation which our products support, makes connectivity between control devices easier. Use cases can be built, and ROI realised, much more quickly and easily than before.”
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