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A Manufacturer of matches in the United States tackles the problems of improving productivity using a state of the art 100 Mbps Ethernet Fieldbus for data acquisition and control. This paper chronicles the definition, selection, design and implementation of the system. Key to the success of the system is adaptation of the latest technology to older equipment. Using this system, manufacturing management is able to obtain real time data on throughput and productivity in the final assembly area of the factory. The system allows for control of individual machines based on operator proficiency, and produces daily reports to track productivity and down time.
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