It still will take some time until automated production lines will communicate perfectly with their upstream and downstream processes and until these systems will organize themselve completely. But for building the foundation thereof, present test systems are already intelligently networked relating to the "Internet of Things" (IoT) and the future project "Industry 4.0".
These concepts are focused on a linkage of the whole production and following a drastic optimization of production processes, where test data is available any time via so-called "cloud solutions" (digital, web-based storage spaces). Physical and digital processes are synchronized, automated and analyzed by different interfaces and their data is handled in real time and offered for evaluation.
By providing a software tool which monitors, controls and analyzes interconnected test systems via mobile devices, MCD Elektronik also contributes real cases to the world of IoT with these concepts. That allows to access to system data and processes from nearly everywhere.
But there are a lot more application possibilities with this new tool: status requests, information about the test system itself, statistics of test processes, tested DUTs and their pass / fail counts as well as actually performed real-time test steps can be monitored anytime. All networked test systems inside the production of the customer are clearly displayed and can be controlled with an overview page of the user interface. In case of a machine downtime or an error status, the error reason is requestable online and corrections according to this report can be immediately executed via remote control. Therefore, the functions "start", "break", "reset" and "shutdown" are available and can be furthermore customized.
Thus, MCD Elektronik innovates new ways to optimize the production processes comfortably and sensibly. Besides permanent control possibilities, the idle times can be reduced, the system efficiency can be increased and inspection walkways can be reduced to a minimum. All together, the testing can be sustainably optimized and the whole test and analysis process can be drastically shortened.