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The system also allows for scalability in terms of how much data is collected and stored. A handful of bits of data can be collected through a PLC or a customer can tie the system into its Amtech, Kiwi or Amazon database. The WPR system itself is agnostic in terms of working with other technologies: it will communicate with any other systems of data collection the customer currently employs.


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“Data logging and monitoring is much more of an adapted process,” said Harris, “and many companies have invested in various pieces of technology but now they want to know how to hook it up, how to manage it, how to tend to it, how to regulate it.” The system is open architecture and it can talk to more than 200 PLCs, but it’s also made to work with customers and their engineers. It can run in their environment, with their specific software, and their specific database. WPR employees an array of cameras that provide various func- tions, and provide significant benefits to operators and the overall facility. The first, and one of the most significant, benefits is preventive maintenance. The metrics that the WPR System captures can indicate to the operators when raw materials are low or when a part is about to malfunction. Another benefit is something Harris refers to as “Hap- piness Reporting.” While many workers see the gathering of data as a means to find out what has gone wrong during production, WPR is quick to dispel that notion. “One of the main reasons for gathering all this data is not just to see what has gone wrong during production but to find out what has gone right, and why,” said Harris. “If you don’t measure and analyze your production records, how can you repeat them? What were the uptimes? Who was running the machine at the time? “And it’s always important to remember that we are working under the maintenance manager’s guidance. Ev- ery company has its own maintenance schedule. WPR’s System can alert them to any thresholds of servicing that CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 WPR Services employes an array of data gathering technolo- gy to provide its customers with the information they need to maintain a successful manufacturing operation.


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