Sun Automation launches new corrugated AI and machine-learning platform: Helios

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The Sun Automation Group (Glen Arm, Maryland) has unveiled Helios, a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-learning platform tailored specifically for the corrugated converting industry. The OEM-agnostic Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution from Sun Automation maximizes profitability for corrugated manufacturers via actionable performance data and insights.

The Helios platform was engineered to provide corrugated manufacturers with access to robust, actionable insights into the performance of their machines – thus reducing downtime, optimizing maintenance schedules, decreasing costs associated with only taking machines offline for preventative maintenance (as opposed to major malfunctions), and ultimately, maximizing overall profits.

Some of the most beneficial insights include:

  • Preventative and proactive parts ordering.
  • Knowledge about the exact time and cost of parts replacements.
  • The ability for operators to pinpoint the source of slowdowns and other issues.
  • Efficiency training to help machine operators learn and adapt to best practices.

“IoT makes every bit of data actionable,” said Helios Director of Technology, Matthew C. Miller. “So many corrugated plants rely on human intuition and experience to drive their decisions. With Helios, anomalies that are imperceptible to even the most well-trained operators can be detected in real time and acted upon. And the machine-learning capabilities will mean that the platform only gets smarter the more data and user reactions that it’s able to process.”

Chris Kyger.

“We understand that data is only as powerful as the actionable insights it can provide,” said Chris Kyger, President of Sun Automation Group. “That’s why we are so excited to bring Helios to the corrugated industry. This incredible technology will help box plants increase productivity and efficiency while reducing costs and downtime.” Helios provides core insights from an accessible, user-friendly dashboard enabling three key benefits: Remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and nomaly detection.

Remote monitoring provides deep insights into current and historical machine operation and performance that can be seen and accessed in real time from any device. Predictive maintenance optimizes machine maintenance intervals using Artificial Intelligence that adapts based on the operation and usage of the actual machine. Anomaly detection notifies users about abnormal machine states that allow operators to react to a potential issue before the failure occurs. More robust predictive analytics will be phased into the platform over time, said Sun Automation. Corrugated manufacturers will also have access to a free Helios demo, allowing them to experience the platform themselves. The site will also provide a Return On Investment (ROI) calculator that can showcase the benefits that Helios can offer to operations of all sizes and scales.

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