Implementing OEE starts with the question of how to monitor your production. If you are wondering how a cloud-based OEE software does that, the answer is simpler than you think. One of the first steps is to get the internet connection ready. With Evocon, there are two options to set up an internet connection for companies of varying sizes and infrastructures. And then, you are ready to implement OEE.
Manufacturers are aware that production monitoring with OEE is essential for long-term success. However, when it comes to implementing OEE, most of the product champions have questions about how to set up an internet connection in the first place. As it is one of the initial steps for monitoring OEE, how you start your OEE journey defines the whole process.
How does Evocon work?
The answer is simple —Evocon works through a cabled internet connection. The reason to monitor OEE using an internet cable is to guarantee the stability of communication. In most production environments, a wireless signal can be unstable due to interference.
There are two ways to set up an internet connection to implement OEE with Evocon:
1. Firstly, you can create a connection through your company’s existing internet connection using;
- An office network
- Production network
- Guest network
- A virtually separated network (separate VLAN)
Technically you can also connect the Evocon device to a networking switch or a Wi-Fi access point if it has free ports.
2. Secondly, you can set up the internet connection through a completely separate network. You can connect Evocon device to;
- An ethernet port of a 3G/4G router
- To a dedicated cable connection
Let’s elaborate on both options and discover their pros and cons.
Internet connection through an existing connection
As mentioned above, you can set up your connection through two different options. Your preference depends on the priority and infrastructure of your organization. Let’s start with an internet connection through an existing connection when implementing OEE.
Pros: Controllability and saving of time
- One of the most positive aspects of using an existing system is the network itself. Which means that there is no need to build a new one. And the result is a considerable saving of time.
- The existing connection is likely to be more dependable than other networks. If a problem occurs in the system, then the company’s IT Department can immediately recognize the issue. So, they can come up with a solution within a shorter time compared to the second option — establishing an internet connection through a separate network.
Cons: Security concerns and issues in sending data
- In some cases, the IT Department may have hesitations about the new connection necessary for Evocon’s OEE monitoring system. The reason for that is often related to questions about security and lack of knowledge of OEE issues.
Evocon is a cloud-based service provider. And it is your right to question the safety of your data in a cloud environment. If you would like to know more about our policies, please check our article on how your production data is secured.
- Another issue that may arise is the data transfer by the Evocon device. For instance, when the company has strict firewall rules in place, the device may not be able to send data to Evocon’s cloud server. So, your company’s network may require configuration changes and exceptions.
The option to use an existing connection has pros such as controllability over the system and saving of time. On the other hand, it might bring about some technical issues as well as security concerns.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of our clients have preferred setting up an internet connection through an existing connection.
Implementing OEE through a separate network.
Just like the previous option, the separate network has it’s positive and negative sides.
Pros: Affordability for small-size companies with a low number of Evocon devices
- A separate network is an excellent solution if you have up to 4 Evocon devices that are close. So, you can create a local area network where the Evocon devices are set up, assuming there is a stable 3G/4G service. There is also the possibility to connect Evocon devices to a wifi router.
- When creating a separate network, then all the data transferred is independent of the company’s other data. This is a pro-argument for the security reasons discussed previously.
Usually, the IT department can make the necessary arrangements and set up OEE production monitoring through a separate network.
Cons: Extra expenditure in maintenance
- A separate network might cause some extra expenditure in maintenance or in setting up the system. In case of a lousy 3G/4G service, the stability of the connection may not be at the best level possible. And this can cause stability issues with the OEE software.
Another point to note is that available data volume packages vary from country to country. The data volume that the network needs should be at least 1GB/month per device to be ready for any scenario.
Successfully implementing OEE: How to find the best solution?
Maybe you are already an Evocon user and would like to know more about the technical part. Perhaps you are just considering implementing OEE with Evocon. Or you are about to get started with our free 30-day OEE trial.
Regardless of which stage you are in your OEE journey, the primary guideline should be to think through all the aspects before the internet setup.
The questions you should focus on are as follows:
- Existing IT infrastructure: What is the IT infrastructure that the company is currently using?
- Security: What are the requirements of the IT department for allowing devices to connect to servers of cloud-based service providers?
- Customization: Are there any special needs that you should keep in mind before creating a new connection?
Setting up an internet connection is one of the initial steps to implementing OEE. Therefore having clear answers to all of these questions helps us to create a solution that is good for both parties. Given the two options, your decision not only refers to one of the first steps of OEE implementation. But it also defines the technical support structure and the process along the way.
Have any concerns regarding the safety of your data in a cloud-based environment? Would like to know more about the technical issues? Please feel free to contact us.