Automation has come to stay. It has found a common place in every manufacturing process, big or small. Every machine, equipment or assembly line is automated by PLCs, PCs, Embedded boards or a mix of some or all. Most of these machines are also equipped to log quantity, running hours etc.
The next logical step is to monitor, capture data and analyse the same for effective use of the equipment. This is done by capturing exhaustive data, raising alerts where ever necessary and representing the data thru reports and graphs to the decision makers, who in turn can make right decisions to enhance productivity.