How Industrial Printers Use IoT to Reduce Costs and Maximize Uptime
How Industrial Printers Use IoT to Reduce Costs and Maximize Uptime
If you’re in manufacturing, you know what “a spanner in the works” means. It’s when a line grinds to a halt due to an unforeseen incident or a “spanner” (British English for “monkey wrench”), and you start losing money until the systems get back online. Today’s production facilities are under constant pressure to minimize spanners and increase production outputs – and that’s where the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is making a difference.
IIoT Transforms Industrial Printers
Although industrial printers account for only a small part of manufacturing production, they play an important role in meeting the needs of consumers. One area of manufacturing that uses these specialized industrial printers is the food and beverage industry – to print expiration dates on containers of milk or cartons of eggs or even cans of beer. Because the food industry is highly regulated, these machines must print information quickly, reliably, and accurately from up to two inches away without physically touching the food containers.
For manufacturers in food and beverage, IoT technology is transforming regular industrial printers into IoT devices to improve operational efficiency, reliability, service quality and sustainability. With industrial IoT printers, organizations can measure uptime and view it as a digital representation, monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) using analytics and use dashboards to monitor an entire fleet of printers to identify issues with specific devices.
IIoT Ensures That Printers Stay Online
To meet the growing needs of manufacturers, Hitachi America is developing next-generation IIoT dashboards to turn industrial printers into IoT devices. By using sensors in the printer to communicate to an IoT platform, these systems allow operators to view printer status, ink levels and viscosity. They can also measure pressure, the rate of production, user habits and even why printers go offline – an expensive and time-consuming issue for manufacturers.
For example, a leading U.S. dairy manufacturer needed help in preventing its industrial printers from going offline and grinding milk production to a halt. The company was required to perform daily antibacterial washes to sanitize the equipment in the production line, causing the printers to fault. Hitachi conducted a proof of concept that pulled sensor data from IoT printers and analyzed the data on its dashboard. The company could instantly see the conditions that caused the fault and take corrective action. The problem was solved, allowing the manufacturer to maintain production at full capacity with no further issues.
IIoT Printers Reduce Environmental Impact
Not only do Hitachi industrial IoT printers help manufacturers prevent “spanners” from impacting production, they also reduce environmental impact by improving printer energy use and by using significantly less makeup solvent than other printers, which is better for our environment. Through IIoT printer technology, Hitachi is co-creating solutions with customers that deliver significant benefit to society.
By Garan Myers, Product Manager, Global Business Strategy Group, Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems FIH2CM
Learn more about Hitachi's coding solutions, please visit:
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
Hitachi Europe GmbH
Niederkasseler Lohweg 191
This release was published on openPR.
Permanent link to this press release:
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.
You can edit or delete your press release How Industrial Printers Use IoT to Reduce Costs and Maximize Uptime here
News-ID: 1080659 • Views: 414
More Releases from Hitachi Europe GmbH
The world's most expensive label and how to avoid it
When the world wastes a third of all its food, businesses can't afford to be complacent about coding and labelling their packaged food products Perhaps among the most important pieces of information, we read daily are the labels on our food. In a small space, they pack in the detail, telling us what's inside, how to cook it, how to serve it, what it's made of, and when it stops
Fachpack : Human centered maintenance and repair technology using AI, AR and Hum …
Düsseldorf, 17th July 2019 Nowadays, maintenance & repair (M&R) industry is facing challenges such as a shortage of skilled workers and increased complexity of machine maintenance operations. On one hand, it has become increasingly important to assist maintenance workers not only in the training phase but also in the operation phase to handle various and sometimes complex maintenance task in a specific manufacturing environment in order to ensure work quality and
An Insignificant Detail - Printing on Window Spacer
The Spacer is the outside seal on a glass edge. It is relative to the frame and the glazing only adjusted in a small area ratio. In fact, the growing influence of the Spacer should not be underestimated. In accordance with European standards (EN 14351-1/SIA 331), the manufacturer is required to print important information on the Spacer, including: ■ Manufacturer’s name ■ Production number ■ ug - value / g value (technical data covering
Coding Solution for the Dairy Industry
The traceability requirements for the dairy industry creates a need for more and more tagged information. Today's dairy processors and packers use a wide variety of technologies and materials. To handle this diversity of materials, needs and requirements of customers and industry pose a challenge for industrial printers. The key requirements of coding and marking equipment in the dairy industry are accuracy and machine durability. It is important that you achieve
More Releases for IoT
Global IoT Gateway Market
Global IoT Gateway Market – Industry Analysis and Forecast (2018-2026) – by Node, Connectivity Technology, Component, Application, and Region. Global IoT Gateway Market was valued US$ 11.5 Bn in 2017 and is expected to reach US$ 85 Bn by 2026, at a CAGR of 28.41 % during the forecast period. The objective of the report is to present a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, industry-validated
Global IoT Software Market
Global IoT Software Market is segmented into type, application, and geography. On the basis of type, a market is segmented into Real-time Streaming, Analytics Software, Security Solution Software, Data Management Software, Remote Monitoring System Software, and Network Bandwidth Management Software Global IoT Software Market was valued US$ 1.5 Bn in 2017 and expected to reach US$ 7.9 Bn in 2016, at CAGR 23.8% during forecast period. Browse Complete Premium Research
Global IOT Sensors Market
Global IOT Sensors Market – Industry Analysis and Forecast (2016-2024) Global IOT Sensors Market was valued at more than US$ 4 Bn in 2016 and is expected to cross US$ 45 Bn by 2024, at CAGR of more than 40%. The increase in IoT sensors market growth is driven by the certain key factors such as development of cheaper, smarter, and advanced sensors, rising market demand for smart devices and
IoT Data Management Market
The demand for IoT data management has increased due to widespread adoption of end-to-end data management platforms to capitalize IoT data more efficiently. Moreover, modernization of data warehouse architecture, rising need for data security and data traffic management, and rising implementation of IoT device security for data encryption are some of the other factors driving demand in this market. The global IoT data management market can be categorized based on type
Publisher’s market research analysts predict the global telecom IoT market to grow steadily during the forecast period and post an impressive CAGR of more than 42% by 2020. This industry research report identifies the growing adoption of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of this market in the coming years. In addition to enabling operators to
IoT Processor Market
In this connected world, internet of things (IoT) is fueling every aspect of human lives. The data that is generated every day from these connected devices is humongous. Proper functioning of these connected devices requires real time exchange of data and information amongst them so that they can solve human problems. In another word IoT means more data, more sensors, agile responses, end-to-end connectivity and smarter user interfaces. All these