Rockwell Automation’s announced its FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect production anomalies and alert workers so they can investigate or intervene as necessary.
“The FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module makes predictive analytics more accessible to help more workers make better production decisions,” said Jonathan Wise, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “The module learns your ControlLogix application and tells operators and technicians when things are changing in unexpected ways. This can help them get ahead of product quality issues and protect process integrity.”
The module can help operators spot performance deviations in equipment like mixers that could affect product quality or lead to downtime, according to Rockwell. It can also be used as a virtual sensor; instead of workers taking a reading of the humidity of a packaged food product, the module can analyze variables from line assets like sprayers, dryers and burners to predict measurements virtually. Workers can then be notified of problems by configuring alarms on a human-machine interface or dashboard. Future features of the module will go further, helping workers focus their problem-solving or automate the optimization of a process, according to Rockwell.