One of the many challenges for manufacturing companies is keeping up with – and leveraging – new technology. On the shop floor, IT departments, process engineers, and other team leaders struggle to keep together the different systems, equipment, and processes involved in manufacturing.
Aware of this challenge, Azumuta keeps developing solutions for frictionless integration and connectivity. That’s why Peripherals is the latest feature within Azumuta’s menu.
Through Peripherals, Azumuta allows users to connect manufacturing tools and equipment regularly used on the shop floor.
Peripheral Devices and Azumuta
While Azumuta users already store their digital work instructions within their manufacturing software, the actual processes on the shop floor require other technology like printers, drills, controllers, power units, MQTT devices, etc.
By connecting these devices with Azumuta, users can collect data generated during the manufacturing operation and store it in their system.
Data like barcodes or serial numbers could be recorded and stored in Azumuta or within the ERP system for tracking purposes.
Thanks to Azumuta’s public REST API, users can enjoy real-time, constant, and bidirectional integration with their ERP system and other applications. Even when an update is made, the integration guarantees the most up-to-date data will be available across systems.
Use case: How to connect a Dymo™ label printer?
Here’s an example of a peripheral device commonly used in factories worldwide: a Dymo™ label printer.
These printers are mostly used to print barcode labels. The admin of the Azumuta account can easily connect it, set it as a peripheral device, and add it to a Work Instruction.
In this case, the operator following the instructions will be able to print the barcode label directly from Azumuta.
How to Connect Peripherals?
The option Peripherals is already available within the Azumuta Menu. To set up a peripheral, the user needs to go to Management>Peripherals
New devices can be configured using the IP address, port, and other basic information. Tags can be used to create groups of devices, creating, for instance, a tag called ‘All the printers.’
Another great advantage of Azumuta’s Peripherals is its ability to use templates or pre-designed labels for production badges.
Once the peripheral device is connected, the admin can make it available within Azumuta’s work instructions for all the operators using it. By clicking on the work instruction or article, under the ‘Check’ tab, the admin will see the option ‘Procedure.’ The new device must now be available within the Peripheral Tag dropdown menu.
Moving forward, all the data collected during the operation will be available within Azumuta.
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More Manufacturing Technology Coming Soon
Azumuta’s Peripherals will be extending its functionality even further.
The team is working to support new types of devices, explore more use cases, minimize errors, automate more steps to connect peripherals, and enhance the current functionality. Users’ feedback is welcome!
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