Network video is currently being used for monitoring manufacturing lines,
industrial and pharmaceutical processes, automation, warehouse and stock
control systems to name just a few examples of industrial applications.
Efficiency at a production plant can be greatly enhanced through the
use of "virtual eyes."
Examples of where cameras can be used in an industrial setting:
At, for example, a rock crushing plant or chemical processing plant where
there are health hazards for employees, remote monitoring of production
processes provide the ideal solution. A network video system feeding images
to the control room gives a plant worker the opportunity to check for
machine malfunctions without the slightest risk of inhaling dust or toxic
Production lines and robots
Cameras observing an automated production line or factory robots can be
programmed to send e-mail alerts if something unusual occurs. That way,
the plant's staff is relieved of the monotonous and time-consuming process
of watching out for machine malfunctions.
If a malfunction does occur and there are no service engineers in the
area, network video can be used to set up a virtual meeting and get technical
support at a distance.
The accumulated costs of petty theft of raw materials entering and manufactured
goods leaving a plant can add up to a huge problem over time. Network
cameras work as a crime deterrent here, as well as offering an easy way
to check the efficiency of the loading/unloading methods being used.
Making sure a storage system works well--that goods can be accessed and
are efficiently managed--can significantly affect the bottom line at a
manufacturing plant. The fact that storage is often handled at remote
sites, usually due to the lower cost, makes this another good place to
install network video.
Volkswagen (Germany), Pines Manufacturing (USA) and China XiNan Power
Elc. are examples of Axis customers currently using network video products
for industrial surveillance.
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*Content courtesy of Axis Communications