How AI can make operations smarter and more sustainable | 2021-09-30


LAS VEGAS – Combining human intelligence with computer intelligence can help businesses work more efficiently and in a more sustainable way, said Spencer Cramer, founder and CEO of ei3, at Pack Expo Las Vegas, which took place held September 27-29.

The conference “Using AI for smart and sustainable operations” was part of several forward-looking presentations at the Pack to the Future stage of the convention.

Manufacturers continue to struggle to find enough workers, and Cramer cited a recent report from Deloitte that said by 2028 manufacturing will be short of more than 2 million jobs.

Artificial intelligence can be a tool to help businesses become more efficient and bridge the knowledge gap, by capturing and utilizing the know-how of long-tenured workers who may move or retire and those who are new. at work. In fact, machines can aggregate the knowledge of machine operators across the country to create a powerful tool for manufacturers.

“When we talk about AI, what we’re not talking about is replacing jobs with computers,” he said. “This is not what it is. It’s really about how to use technology to create benefits that allow us to produce more and produce more with less.

Mr. Cramer presented some practical applications of this technology, including a manufacturer of plastic pallets that enlisted the help of ei3 for predictive maintenance tasks. The company used sensor measurements to monitor critical equipment and was able to predict when a machine was likely to fail. But the company also discovered a surprise. In the hours leading up to a failure, the machine consumed significantly more energy.

Not only was the company able to know when to replace parts before they malfunctioned, but it also learned that it could save energy by repairing the machine as soon as a problem was detected.

“You can use these tools to make your operation more sustainable,” Cramer said. “Connected AI is a very powerful tool. “


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