OnRobot A/S today announced the launch of its WebLytics software for production monitoring, device diagnostics, and data analytics. The Odense, Denmark-based company said WebLytics is designed to gather data from multiple collaborative robot applications simultaneously and transform it into easy-to-understand, visualized device and application-level intelligence. The goal is to enhance productivity and minimize downtime, it said.
“The launch of WebLytics is an important landmark for OnRobot, our customers, and our global integrator network,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot. “WebLytics is the first software solution to provide real-time, application-focused data for collaborative applications across major robot brands.”
“As our first software product, WebLytics marks the beginning of OnRobot’s journey into robot software and completes our vision of providing a 'one-stop shop' for collaborative applications on both the hardware and software side,” he said.
OnRobot's product line includes all-electric vacuum and magnetic end effectors, the bio-inspired Gecko gripping technology, force/torque sensors, “2.5D” vision, robotic screwdrivers, sanding kits, and tool changers. The company said it serves applications such as packaging, quality control, and materials handling, as well as machine tending, assembly, and surface finishing.
WebLytics uses OEE standard
Not only can WebLytics eliminate manual data collection for cobot end users and integrators, but it can also provide actionable insights into how well a collaborative application is performing, claimed OnRobot. The software is also designed to offer live device diagnostics, alerts, and preventive-maintenance measures to minimize costly robot cell downtime, it said.
Integrating the globally recognized Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) industry standard, WebLytics identifies trends in the robot cell, including patterns, peaks, and disturbances in application productivity. OEE measures the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive – a score of 100% indicates that the collaborative application is producing only good parts, as fast as possible, and with no downtime.
With these OEE measures, WebLytics can determine whether the manufacturing process is running at optimal speed. It can also monitor and analyze the quality of application cycles, providing key insights for manufacturers of all sizes, said OnRobot.
WebLytics can report on the utilization of a robot arm and OnRobot tools such as grippers, vision cameras, and sensors. The software can measure in real time the number of safety stops initiated and the number of grip cycles performed while an application is running.
When changes are made to a robot cell, such as adjusting the speed of a robot or the settings on a gripper, WebLytics can also automatically report on the effects of those changes on application performance, according to OnRobot.
If anomalies occur in the collaborative application after deployment, WebLytics enables users to analyze the data collected directly from the robots and tools and report on its findings using customizable dashboards.
OnRobot maintains product compatibility
OnRobot said that WebLytics is compatible with all of its own tools, as well as leading collaborative robot and lightweight industrial robot arms. The software is expandable, “futureproofing” it as new robots and tools become available, said the company.
Access to WebLytics is available through a secure, intuitive browser-based user interface that displays OEE measures and user-defined key performance indicators (KPIs). Customizable dashboards can provide an immediate view into real-time and historical application performance, OnRobot said.
A shop floor can deploy the WebLytics server can be deployed on its local network or added to a virtual network that connects to the robot cell, the company said. Collected data is stored locally on the WebLytics server.
In addition, WebLytics’ built-in Web server is always accessible from the shop-floor network or from anywhere in the world via secure HTTPS connection.
WebLytics is not just a powerful tool for end users, said OnRobot. It also creates new revenue opportunities for system integrators by providing the software required to offer data-backed custom service agreements and engineering services for cell optimization.
“WebLytics is the perfect addition to our existing product lines and a natural progression of the OnRobot tradition of making advanced tools and technologies — in this case remote monitoring, device diagnostics and data analytics — affordable and accessible to companies of all sizes,” said Iversen.
WebLytics overview. Source: OnRobot
WebLytics designed to ease optimization
Laszlo Papp, product manager and sales engineer at Wamatec Hungary Kft., tested WebLytics with machine tending, pick-and-place, and palletizing applications.
“In this fast-paced world, time is everything,” he said. “When cycle time is really important, WebLytics helps you identify the small mistakes that cause time wastage. WebLytics can also save a lot of time for yourself and for your production line by making it easy to schedule all maintenance and product changes.”
“My favorite function was the dashboard,” added Papp. “I really liked how WebLytics allowed me to monitor all my applications, my cobots/robots, and my end-of-arm-tools using one platform that provides real-time monitoring, data collection, and line charting. WebLytics makes optimizing all applications much easier than before.”
WebLytics is available worldwide via subscription as of today.
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