Connector Specialists provides fluid management systems — including hydraulic and pneumatic assemblies that are assembled and tested in-house — to industrial customers.
We worked hand in hand with our client to instrument the entire process of certifying a hose assembly before it ever leaves the building. The centerpiece of this process is integrating multiple instruments with a DAQ device to capture the data about each and every step of the process. Additionally, barcodes were added to every assembly with a scheme to indicate which components make up the assembly.
Here’s how it works.
Once a user logs into the system, every part of the test process has been digitized for efficiency. Digital data stores communicate with digital measuring devices to greatly reduce the chance of error. The system steps operators through the entire process of assembly, measurement, and testing to ensures that everything is assembled to spec and passes a pressure test prior to leaving the facility. It's a win-win-win for operator efficiency, turnaround time, and safety.
In addition to the hardware integration, we had to deliver a user experience for the solution that minimized error and maximized efficiency. The industrial setting required a user interface that minimized keyboard entry both for time savings and to eliminate the possibility of user error. We designed an interface that is touch friendly, and the barcodes added to all of the assemblies helped to eliminate typos and made for quicker data capture.
The system also had to work in an "offline" mode for some locations would not have consistent access to the central database server. For these instances, a data sync was implemented to store the test data locally and push it to the central server whenever internet connectivity was reestablished.
- Integration with National Instruments ethernet-based data acquisition (DAQ) hardware for pressure testing, manufacturing dimensional tolerances, and particulate matters.
- Integration with a third-party ERP system to retrieve assembly test criteria and save test results.
- Touch-based interface — user-friendly in an industrial setting.
- Offline-capable — able to sync key data from the ERP system, work offline for extended periods of time, and then push the data back to the central office when connectivity was restored.
This digital data capture removes any need for the cumbersome, manual filing process that existed before.
Plus, it easily keeps the data accessible for years, and can easily be turned into a certification report for a customer for every assembly that is sold. The ability to easily capture, store, and present test data in a digital format has proven to be a significant competitive advantage for our client. Customers are guaranteed that they're getting top quality assemblies and that provides an enormous amount of peace of mind.
We believe that a good user experience translates directly into good software — meeting the customer's needs without fuss and with elegant simplicity.
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