Uteco Group is always at the cutting-edge, investing in the major "4.0" industry's leading, relaunching important investments with a particular focus on R&D and taking direct part in the so called "Fourth Industrial Revolution", which will lead to innovative technologies within the manufacturing industry.

In this regard, the company has studied and developed Uteco Data Acquisition Analysis (U.D.A.A): a new data acquisition and processing system integrated in the printing press.

In a brief interview with the Engineer Alessio Garonzi, we discuss deeply which direct benefits it can take for the final customer.

Tell us about U.D.A.A., what does it consist of?

We first introduced the UDAA in 2016 at Drupa in Dusseldorf, the most important fair in our industry, recording a lot of interest from numerous visitors and customers.

From the discussions with our reference customers the UDAA comes out. It is a modular and scalable system that, interconnected with the printing machine, collects all sensitive data related to the process, to the consumption, to the machine efficiency and makes it easily available to the customer, in order to contribute to the analysis, improvement and optimization of the production processes.

Uteco Data Acquisition Analysis consists of four modules:

INK MODULE (inks consumption measurement and historicization)

OEE MODULE (machine’s efficiency parameters measurement and historicization)

ENERGY MODULE (Energy consumption measurement and historicization)

DATA LOGGER MODULE (machine’s process data measurement and historicization).

Each module can automatically generate reports and process in real-time the information, on the basis of the data acquired by the machine. The data are centralized on a controller and PC, a kind of black box, and available to the customer in various ways.

The ink module, for example, is able to calculate and archiving the ink consumption of each job and to alert in real-time the operator when the ink is depleted or to estimate the ink needed to complete the ongoing job.

The Data Logger, on the other hand, historicises all those process-sensitive machine variables, rather than maintenance or analysis of machine efficiency. In its developments it can be interconnected with the company network for the information exchange or for the integration with the production system.

So this product can meet multiple needs?

The system is designed to be scalable and therefore suitable for a customers with different needs.

In fact, each customer can compose his custom UDAA with the modules he considers necessary, without losing the opportunity to add others later.

Moreover it can be realized to be used in different ways: UDAA can be configured to work both as a stand-alone central system connected to the corporate network, where the customer can find information, data and reports from the machine through a simple and intuitive interface, and as a true tool for interconnection and integration with the company's production system.

Interconnection and integration, these are keywords in terms of Industry 4.0.

Exactly, we've already developed solutions for customers in the context of Industry 4.0 for information and data exchange between the machine and management systems.

The possibility, for example, of managing the job in a fully automated way, starting from the customer's production management system, by processing and setting up the recipe directly in the machine, and finally to get reports of the job done, will become more and more widespread reality, to which UTECO is ready and behind the times.