Asker, Norway-based Tomra Sorting Recycling has launched Tomra Insight, a cloud-based data platform that can transform sorting from an operational process into a strategic management tool for fact-based decision-making at every step of the value and product chain, according to the company.
Tomra Insight turns sorting machines into connected devices that generate process data. The new platform collects this data in the cloud and turns it into actionable information accessible through a web interface. The secure cloud-based data transmission and storage package is provided in partnership with cloud computing service Microsoft Azure. The monitoring and reporting functions of this new platform will complement existing process control systems.
Tomra Insight provides near-real-time data that is accessed via a secure connection and user-friendly interface on desktops as well as on mobile devices. This provides machine users the freedom to remotely analyze performance metrics and proactively manage machines for performance optimization and preventive maintenance.
By providing digital metrics such as throughput, material and size distribution and acceptance and rejection rates, Tomra Insight gives equipment operators the critical operating data necessary to optimize sorting performance. The information can help reduce machine downtime, optimize machine settings, maximize throughput, sort to target quality, improve the efficiency of machine operators and internal service personnel and reduce operating costs. Through personal reports and alerts, Insight provides data analytics to help manage proactive and condition-based maintenance, parts ordering and servicing.
“The launch of our revolutionary Tomra Insight platform is but a first step in the future evolution of improving the sorting circuit’s overall operating performance,” says Carlos Manchado Atienza, regional director Americas, Tomra Sorting. “It unlocks the true power of near-real-time reporting of operating data, so our customers have the necessary tools to monitor and optimize their sorting processes, improving profit potential. Tomra Insight will allow us to enhance service and maintenance schedules, offer predictive analytics for a component’s service life and develop optimal machine sorting configurations, technologies and applications.”