Commercial printer operations: Capitalizing on IoT’s potential
The question remains for many businesses: What do they do once they have that data?
The Internet of Things (IoT) holds tremendous potential in virtually every industry and market.
The IoT introduces network-enabled devices and sensors that can collect data at a large scale and produce valuable insights. The question remains for many businesses: What do they do once they have that data?
One of our clients in the commercial printing space recently grappled with this very question. It installed “electronic eye” sensors on many of its industrial printers, but struggled to convert captured data into actionable reporting that drove strategic decision-making.
OneSix was brought in to help build a data warehouse solution that could facilitate operations reporting using data gathered through IoT-enabled sensors.
Providing more visibility into printer operations
Our team took a process-focused approach with this project, building new processes for intake, compression, and integration of data captured by the industrial printer sensors. In addition, we combined that data with the work activity data produced by our client’s process control system.
One of the major goals of the project was to improve visibility into printing operations at a very granular level. To that end, OneSix worked alongside the company’s process engineers to develop printer-centric and job-centric views that accurately reported on the efficiency of printing operations. We also developed a web service that provides printer performance metrics with near-real-time reporting.
A Prometheus time series database facilitated data collection at each printer sensor
A SQL Server Data Warehouse provided reliable storage for both raw and aggregated data
Qlik Sense dashboards displayed aggregated data for management-level reporting
Grafana was used to develop shop-floor dashboards displaying real-time streaming updates on printer operations
Since implementing OneSix’s data warehouse platform, our client has gained more visibility into its printer operations, including recognizing printer downtime patterns that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
My experience was fantastic with OneSix. They listen to your query carefully and then are able to solve your issues within the correct time frame and reasonable price. Super knowledgeable team!
One of my favorite things about One Six is their willingness to work with us on whatever we need. Early on in the project, we determined we needed an additional tactical resource instead of an advisory one, and One Six happily switched out resources for us, ensuring we had what we needed to complete the project.
They dig in and help understand the problem, how to think about it, provide the best technical options of how to solve it, then execute as quickly as possible. This is by far the best way to help me make sure we're successful, and that I know what's being done and how to support it once they're finished.
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