How Embedded Technology Can Transform Manufacturing and Refrigeration

Many companies use embedded technology daily without fully realizing its implications. Embedded systems are a large part of the tech landscape. They typically are a combination of computer software, hardware, and input/output systems that serve a dedicated function, typically within larger mechanical and electrical systems. 

Their complexity isn’t evident at first glance. Often hidden (or embedded) from the user, embedded systems don’t need to take up massive amounts of space to perform complex tasks—which is part of their appeal. 

In a new era of digital innovation, companies are looking to embedded systems to solve their industry’s complex problems. Embedded systems can also be linked to what is commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to the way different technologies (whether it’s physical objects or software) can connect and communicate with one another via the Internet or another communication network. IoT allows embedded systems to transfer information and exchange data, making them especially useful for industrial applications. 

IoT and embedded systems are commonly used in automation, automotive industries, defense, and energy—and for good reason. These systems bring many benefits to companies, especially those with many moving parts and pieces, such as manufacturing and refrigeration companies. 

embedded technology being used in manufacturing

How the Interceptor Product Line Can Transform Manufacturing

Manufacturing, refrigeration and warehouse control are three industries that involve lots of oversight and often need increased levels of accuracy to ensure regulated temperature control and effective storage and operation. With less human intervention, embedded systems can increase efficiency and accuracy in these environments. Here’s how.

For the manufacturing industry, you often need to monitor different conditions in facilities from great distances. It’s unrealistic to think that 24/7 human oversight is possible across various locations. Luckily, our embedded systems solutions are adept at remote monitoring and can assist customers by providing 24/7, real-time monitoring data and analytics. Our QuarterMaster board will take all of the data gathered from remote monitoring and report it back to your control center, ensuring that each facility is constantly monitored and your team is informed of issues in real-time.

At a minimum, one can use an Interceptor and a QuarterMaster to control equipment or monitor sensors used in manufacturing, such as pressure sensors, current draw, voltage stability, strain gauges, temperature sensors, data flow, and more. When a Horizon board is added to the solution, it enables you to see and control processes and manually implement changes through a touch screen or keyboard. This is especially useful for HVAC system controlling and monitoring. Our products offer real-time reports on your facilities, equipment, and more through constant monitoring. This lets you know the status of all your equipment and devices, no matter their location, saving you time and money.

Our embedded systems solutions take up very little space, so at roughly the size of a mobile phone, it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk to your operations. These solutions reduce the need for excess cords and cables, so your on-site employees won’t risk tripping over anything, and helps your facilities save space for the equipment and storage they need most. Because of its smaller size, the Interceptor product line uses less power than comparable products while still delivering impactful results for your business. This saves energy and money long-term while getting the results you need now.

employing inventory automation with embedded technology

Innovations in Inventory Solutions 

Inventory automation solutions bring a whole new level of possibilities for companies requiring physical storage spaces for their products and assets. To assemble their more oversized products, warehouse managers must correctly store different products and numerous individual parts. This results in warehouses full of thousands of parts, all stored in different locations. 

Imagine your team is tasked with pulling 250 specific items, all located in different sections of a vast warehouse. Without embedded systems solutions like the Interceptor, you’d waste hours (if not days) of valuable time searching for each individual part. But with the Interceptor, you can correctly label each component within a digital system. The Interceptor can use location automation to label each item in the system precisely. Those parts are given location IDs, which are tied into a visual system. Then, as soon as the system indicates which part you need, the Interceptor solution can turn on a LED in the unique location that houses that part. Instead of spending a whole day searching for parts, our solution turns on the lights for you and finishes the task quickly and effectively.

embedded technology remote monitoring refiguration units

Impacts on Refrigeration 

Imagine your company has a warehouse or commercial location full of three thousand refrigerators. This equipment is essential to your operations and requires remote, real-time monitoring and control to regulate temperature. Our line of Interceptor products can be attached to individual pieces of equipment and, through an embedded mesh network, communicate with one another (as well as back to your base) to ensure temperatures are controlled. If any issues arise, they will immediately alert your team to ensure problems are resolved promptly. 

Whatever solutions the refrigeration or manufacturing needs, embedded systems offer solutions. With product lines like the Interceptor, things that once seemed like lofty future goals for technology are within reach. Contact our team today to see how we can transform your business.

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