Pentagon are making a significant increased monthly investment to upgrade their Intouch monitoring system to the new Intouch i4 cloud application.
Intouch was first installed in Pentagon’s moulding division over15 years ago and has been widely relied on ever since for machine monitoring, scheduling, and analysis. As the company has grown so too has the demand for improved production visibility and machine performance monitoring. Therefore, Pentagon made the decision that now would be the perfect time to invest in the machine monitoring system upgrade taking advantage of the new cloud-based system which was launched in 2019.
Pentagon’s Moulding Division is home to 13 injection moulding presses ranging from 22 tons to 280 tons with the latest 40T addition having arrived earlier this month.
Pentagon has always found the Intouch factory and production line monitoring display system to be the perfect fit for their UK based plastic injection moulding services. The system delivers real time information enabling the Mould Setting team to make informed, timely and optimal day to day production decisions. The scheduling facility is simple and effective which enables the production manager to ensure optimal production planning to meet customer demand.
The upgraded i4 package includes features such as automatic reject monitoring, configurable dash boards, efficiency, utilisation, OEE, shift profile graphics, operator reporting and many other valuable additional features. The increased functionality will deliver enhanced manufacturing efficiencies throughout the moulding process and will have the capacity to grow with additional machines as the Group continues to invest.
The enhanced monitoring technology will see Pentagon invest an estimated £5,000 over the next 6 months in the system and in the initiatives to support the data collection which will undoubtedly deliver increased efficiency because of the investment.
To further accommodate the system upgrade all of the moulding machines have been fitted with touch screen tablets delivering visuals to production Operators and Setters. Also allowing interactive interfaces for all users.
This investment marks a very interesting next chapter for the UK based moulder and toolmaker as they invest with optimism of significant future growth and increasing demand in plastic injection moulding.