Developing an add-on to offer a value added service to Minerva Omega Group food machines. This was the challenge that Minerva Omega Group – the Italian company specializing in designing and developing a large range of machines and systems for processing and preserving food products – posed to Solair and DSC Nexus, a start up that caters for businesses with services dedicated to developing innovative solutions to manage service issues, machine maintenance and operator safety.
The industry where the Minerva Omega Group operates is highly competitive: it is a mature market and innovation on products, such as meat slicers, has reached the limit. The initial requirement for the Minerva Omega Group was to identify and produce an add-on for their machines to give significant added value and differentiation to put on the table during the negotiation phase. This was the beginning of the idea to add a monitoring solution to their machines in order to give the Large-Scale Retail Trade a new service to manage their maintenance dynamically.
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION: SOLAIR AND WI-NEXT
In this phase Wi-Next, one of the most innovative Italian Wi-Fi vendors and a Solair technology partner, came into play. Working in close synergy with Solair, Wi-Next customized their End Node Power on the basis of the project requirements. The End Node was able to acquire the telemetry data in real time and by the agile mesh Wi-Fi network sends the data to the cloud. The solution was able to connect both new and retrofit machines that were not digitally connected. “Seeing as these machines have an electric motor,” – explains Marcello Majonchi, Customer Success & IT Team Leader at Solair – “we thought about estimating the values of ’work calculation’ on the basis of the machines’ energy consumption.”
The distinctive feature of Solair technology is its cloud-based platform that makes it possible to extract the acquired data and process it so that the data that is managed and recorded is different: recording the energy consumption but in reality monitoring the machine’s lifecycle.
Solair technology is at the heart of the new DSC Nexus patented system called NEMOSY (Nexus Monitoring System) – for remote control of operating machinery – and today makes it possible to consolidate the data collected directly on the cloud. The solution is able to aggregate the relevant information relating to the machinery and synchronise them with external systems (ERP, CRM, etc.); the information and data collected is processed and integrated into the business process.
Thanks to the flexibility of Solair’s platform the NEMOSY system is not only aimed at monitoring the machines but can also manage the entire maintenance cycle, from the integration of technical reports up to producing all documentation relating to individual machines.
The NEMOSY system – in its NEMOSY tech version focusing on service and maintenance and NEMOSY safe dedicated to safety – is an application platform solution that works using the web to connect different types of machines to make them communicate with a central controller. It is aimed at those responsible for maintenance to have all machines under control and all useful information continuously updated, to equipment buyers and to those in charge of safety. The application can give added-value to distributors and importers to integrate their business with customers.
THE ADVANTAGES OF SOLAIR TECHNOLOGY
Thanks to the Solair application platform it is possible to combine the proposal of a service with the sale of the machine that adds value to the product and a plus for the customer; on the other hand DSC Nexus obtains information on the product that is useful to highlight the machine’s competitive advantage. From the application’s point of view what is interesting is the fact that you can manage one or more machines of a heterogeneous nature (meat slicers, meat mincers, potato peelers etc, all with different behavioural loc) with sufficient scalability.
In short, Solair technology makes it possible to develop an innovative system like NEMOSY in a short time and without the need for large initial investments (the Solair platform is available in software as a service mode) and with the guarantee of cloud infrastructure for DSC Nexus that is easy to access and control.
Solair is an application platform for the Internet of Things that makes your Business smarter by connecting it to your products through compelling IoT applications. It is designed for companies with lots of Things -no matter where they are- that want better products, competitive services and happy customers. It enables you to collect data from Things and feed it into business processes to make a positive difference. Our goal is to make the Internet of Things work for your Business in a fast, meaningful and flexible way. The company has its global headquarters in Italy. The corporate structure is complimented by a network of global partners.