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3M partners with JRTech Solutions to improve automated production tracking

May 14, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

3M has partnered with JRTech Solutions, a digital systems integration company and provider of Pricer Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL), to introduce an ultramodern digital tracking and documentation system at the 3M Brockville, Ontario production site.

A JRTech Solutions press statement explains that through this collaboration, a custom automated digital solution has been designed and developed to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of 3M’s production processes.

Using JRTech’s Pricer Infrared (IR) communication platform, the newly developed system integrates with the industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) 3M uses to run automation equipment. The system is specifically engineered to verify product specifications, design parameters, and operation details, recording this crucial data directly into an SQL database and updating bin labels with current production information in near real-time. According to JRTech, this integration marks a significant advancement in manufacturing technology, offering an elevated level of digital security while keeping the integrity of the production cycle.

Andrew Hough, Electrical Controls & Automation Engineer at 3M’s personal safety division, said, “The flexibility of the Pricer System, coupled with its elevated level of security, is why we chose to team up with JRTech Solutions on this important project. Given its success, 3M is now exploring the potential to expand this pilot project to other parts of the organization.”

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When combined with the long battery life of Pricer Power+ESLs, the speed of IR communication has proven essential for the continuous data exchange needed across various production stages, notes JRTech Solutions.

Commenting on the significance of the collaboration, Diego Mazzone, president and CEO of JRTech Solutions Inc., said, “Our work with 3M underscores the flexibility, scalability, precision, and security of Infrared communication. The reputation of 3M for precision and quality aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing the best in smart label technology. We are honoured to have been chosen by 3M for this landmark project, which proves the innovative application of our digital labels in manufacturing.”

Both 3M and JRTech Solutions are reportedly committed to continuing their partnership, exploring new ways to apply this technology across different sectors and ensuring the highest standards of quality and efficiency in manufacturing.


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