1. Support for automating the process of monitoring equipment operations
Automating the process of monitoring equipment operations is key to facilitating the transition to digital manufacturing. TMA developed by Konica Minolta is designed to support the automation of this process by making the temperature of equipment visible.
With the IoT system that incorporates Konica Minolta’s state-of-the-art sensing technology, TMA is able to capture temperature that is invisible to the human eye and display the temperature distribution as a color map. Most temperature sensors used in factories are designed to measure temperature on a point-by-point basis and thus their scope of monitoring is limited. On the other hand, TMA is equipped with a thermal camera that can measure temperatures ranging from −40℃ to 550℃, enabling users to record the areal data of surface temperature of equipment and obtain temperature data at a number of measuring points. By tracking the change of surface temperature over time, users can extensively monitor the state of equipment operations.
Specifically, in a factory where temperature control is an essential part of production, TMA can be used to improve the production efficiency and quality with its ability to provide temperature history information and detect abnormal heat. Konica Minolta also believes that TMA’s data on temperature history and distribution, as well as change in temperature over time, can be useful for maintaining equipment and predicting malfunctions.
2. Additional value to fire prevention solution
Users of conventional fire prevention solutions often have difficulty setting an appropriate threshold necessary to detect abnormal heat, due to lack of data. TMA allows users to identify normal temperature by referring to the temperature history data of the target object and set a theshold based on actual data.
TMA also enables the centralized control of up to four thermal cameras, allowing users to set the temperature measuring area and manage temperature information in an integrated manner, which is difficult with conventional solutions.
Konica Minolta will continue to offer TMA that enables areal monitoring of temperature to customers in various industries, to assist the transition to DX at production sites.