Monitoring System Enhances Process-Line Productivity for Converters and Manufacturers

The SiteOutlook Sentinel online system enables decision makers to view and analyze key process-line metrics anywhere, at any time.
ei3 Corp., Montvale, N.J., a provider of online engineering and Web-enabled applications that maximize manufacturing productivity, has released SiteOutlook SentinelSM, a process-line monitor and analysis tool for manufacturers and converters. The real-time, quality-impact monitoring system can help increase productivity, reduce material costs and improve the quality of finished products. The online system enables decision makers to view and analyze key process-line metrics anywhere, at any time.

SiteOutlook Sentinel monitors each machine metric that affects output quality throughout current process runs. After establishing optimum production metrics with a successful benchmark run, Sentinel compares each metric's real-time changes in the current run to "best case" standards.

Applying Six Sigma rules, lean manufacturing concepts and other analyses, Sentinel triggers automatic alerts when any process variation strays beyond an acceptable limit to enable quick resolution of problem areas.

"SiteOutlook Sentinel is an extremely effective tool to enhance in-house quality-control and maintenance efforts," said Brett Smith, CEO of ei3 Corp. "Sentinel provides an accurate, real-time view into complex manufacturing operations. Manufacturing executives and plant managers are now empowered with a tool that translates raw data into a higher level of useable knowledge."

Manufacturers activate Sentinel through the Internet to monitor current production conditions. This information is analyzed using advanced statistical algorithms, which filter out real problems from nuisance alarms. Once problems are identified, an e-mail or pager alert is automatically sent out to the responsible party. From this information, users are then prompted to take corrective action. SiteOutlook Sentinel is currently available to qualified customers on a monthly subscription basis.

Founded in March, 1999, ei3 Corp.'s mission is to improve productivity, optimize quality control and create greater process efficiencies for manufacturing companies through its advanced communications networks and Internet technologies. Offered as a suite of software tools, ei3's SiteLine(tm), SiteWatch(tm), SiteWatch Mobile(tm), SiteTeam(tm), SiteSave(tm), SiteFlash(tm), SiteOutlook Sentinel and SiteSetpointSM provide a complete productivity solution for manufacturers and converters. The company staffs a 24-hour, 365-day operations center to deliver on-line engineering support to manufacturers.

For more information about ei3's productivity tools, contact the company at 136 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; phone 888-218-6880; fax 201-802-9099, or visit Or Circle No. 70


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