Digitalization, Industry 4.0, and their importance for product inspection

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 have been the most discussed topics in industry for a while. Despite this, there is currently no universally standardized communications protocol with which to quickly and simply connect system components from different manufacturers. The disadvantages of this status quo are clear: reporting on overall plant performance can only provide an incomplete picture, traceability (e.g. for audits) remains limited, and potential for improving uptime goes underutilized. As a remedy to these issues, OPC UA protocol has begun to establish itself as a the most likely candidate for a universal communications standard.

Sesotec is making an important contribution to alleviating these problems through the introduction of its INTERLINK modules. With INTERLINK, Sesotec metal detectors, metal separators, and X-ray inspection systems can be integrated into central control systems. By networking production systems to enable Industry 4.0 and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) capabilities, efficiency gains can be achieved.

Sesotec INTERLINK ensures the secure and efficient exchange of data via OPC UA, making it possible to perform central process analysis to drive a targeted increase in productivity. It enables monitoring and control capabilities within the existing company network. Using cross-device data comparison, INTERLINK is able to quickly detect errors and machine attrition. Security and audit compliance is ensured by the tamper-proof transmission of all data and user activities. Furthermore, Sesotec INTERLINK is specially equipped for compatibility with Sesotec’s digital services, including predictive maintenance, remote commissioning, and remote access.

A prerequisite for the use of INTERLINK is having integrated all relevant production equipment into a central ERP or PPS system. Another requirement is that the networked devices and systems allow for secure and simple data exchange.

Bartosch Jauernik, Product Manager Plastics at Sesotec, summarizes the advantages of INTERLINK: “A circular economy, sustainability, and digitalization are THE defining topics for German industrial companies. Increasing productivity and profitability are inextricable from these issues. Digitalized and automated production processes deliver valuable data that can only be analyzed with the use of safe, efficient, and compliant communications modules. In this sense, technologies such as Sesotec INTERLINK are of central importance.”

Über die Sesotec GmbH

Sesotec customers in the food, plastics and recycling industries face the challenge of combining sustainability and profitability. With intelligent technologies and services for foreign object detection, material sorting and analysis, Sesotec contributes to resource-saving and highly efficient production. Since 1976, Sesotec has been developing and building high-tech systems for a wide range of requirements in close cooperation with customers around the world, so that products of the highest quality can be manufactured with maximum added value and waste of resources can be avoided. In this way sustainable and high-quality production pays off for people, the environment and industry.

In addition to its headquarters in Germany, Sesotec is represented by a total of six subsidiaries in Singapore, China, USA, India, Canada and Thailand, as well as by over 60 partners in all major markets of the world.

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