30/09/15 Updated 26/03/19

Innova release 5.5.0

Innova release 5.5.0 introduces Innova Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the Transfer Engine, which is part of Innova Integration Services, has been significantly improved to make it easier to configure and use and the Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer replaces the current Comformat Editor.

Innova Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Innova Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) uses the OEE industry standard to deliver the four vital production equipment KPIs: availability, performance, quality and overall utilization. Runtime information is picked up from the production lines in real time, providing an instant view of the current health of production.

With Innova OEE it is simple for line operators to provide stop reasons for OEE losses with minimal impact on their normal tasks. That information can then be analyzed by production management with easy-to-use dashboards and customizable reports to identify the main losses and decide on improvement actions to increase effectiveness

Key Benefits

  • Records run-time data and production stops. With direct connection to the devices OEE related data is recorded together with process related data for combining data used in dashboards and reports. No manual input needed for collecting data.
  • Minimal operator input needed. Information about why equipment has stopped is quickly provided using easy-to-use shop floor terminals. Supported platforms are: M6215, WPL9000 and Web browsers, including built-in browsers on M3210-based equipment such as MCheck2.
  • Easy-to-use data editor. To manually manipulate OEE data, an editor is available. When changing data the effect is shown immediately.
  • Quick installation. Support for OEE is quickly added to supported equipment with a standard configuration. Customization for matching the exact customer setup is possible.
  • Real-time monitoring. Several dashboard components are available for real-time monitoring on desktop PCs and shop floor terminals.
  • Reports for historical analysis. Collection of reports for analysis and to pinpoint areas for improvement. All reports can be customized using the Innova report designer.
  • Equipment support. Native support for an increasing range of Marel equipment. Digital input support allows for connection to other equipment.

Supported Equipment

The following equipment has OEE support with this release. OEE support for more equipment will be added in later releases.

ModuleEquipmentOperator input terminalComments
M-Check 4700/4800
On device M3210 (WEB)
Extra M6215
Extra M6215
No alarm support
No alarm support
SensorXSensorX Gen2Extra M6215
MultiheadMultihead (Pluto)Extra M6215
WPL 8000
On device WPL9000
Extra M6215
Generic LineGROA / PL8
(Digital input)
Extra M6215For not natively supported devices

Instead of using an extra M6215, the Web-based operator screen can be used. It runs on most devices that contain a browser, such as third-party terminals, tablets etc.

For devices that are not supported by Innova the Generic Line solution can be used. Currently, the Generic Line supports the GROA/PL8 module. The GROA has 8 digital inputs and is connected to Innova using Ethernet. The digital inputs of the GROA can be configured to:

  • Set the OEE Status using signals (Running, Idle, Failure etc.)
  • Indicate alarms (Raise and lower alarms in Innova, will also affect OEE failure state)
  • Perform counter registrations (good and bad items, throughput, product)
  • Includes data grid, report and dashboard.

It is possible to use one GROA/PL8 for more OEE entities or use more than one GROA/PL8 for the same entity.

Transfer Hub

The Transfer Engine, which is part of Innova Integration Services, can be used to transfer packs and pallets between systems. This engine has been significantly improved to make it easier to configure and use.

Figure 1: Transfer hub used with multiple sites

New features include:

  • Use of Transfer Hub instead of direct site-to-site transfers.
  • End-to-end transmission status notifications.
  • Use of standard export and import handlers. Transfers can be started from a PDA or IPC using unit operations.
  • Support for industry standard XML format allows for integration with third-party systems.
  • Possible to send product information via e-mail.

A Transfer Hub allows multiple sites to send data through a single server. This reduces the amount of configuration required at each site. Each sending site pushes messages to the hub and all receiving sites poll the hub for new messages. The complete transfer history for all sites is stored on the hub, while each site locally stores a history of transfers into and out of the site.

Sender site flow Figure 2: Sender site flow

On a sender site an export is triggered either from a PDA or a Windows client. An export handler sends the exported data to the hub and an import handler polls the hub for indication of failure or success of the transmission.

Notifications about export status can be sent to local users using the Innova Alarm system.

On a receiving site an import handler polls the hub for pending messages and imports any new data. After importing, the handler informs the hub about the success or failure of the import.

Receiving site flow Figure 3: Receiving site flow

Notifications about import status can be sent to local users using the Innova Alarm system.

Each site can be configured to be both sender and receiver, allowing packs and pallets to move back and forth between systems.

Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer

The Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer replaces the current Comformat Editor. The Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer exports the generated comformats to files; the files are then transferred to the WPL using a USB memory stick.

Key Benefits

  • Uses the standard Innova Label Designer
  • More products can share one label layout (Comformats)
  • Products are maintained in the product maintenance form
  • Automatic generation of group comformats if the product has more than one layout
  • Automatic generation of multi comformat if the product is an average weight product

Supported Equipment

Stand-alone label designer Figure 1: Stand-alone label designer

The Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer supports the Marel Weigh Price Labelers in the 8000 and 9000 series and OCM 8500 and OCM 9500.

Using the Innova Stand-Alone Label Designer

The label designer is configured to create comformats by default. The properties for the comformat can be updated in the Properties pane to the right. These properties include all WPL-specific properties, such as the Label Action and Weigh Price Action.

Product maintenance form Figure 2: Product maintenance form

The label designs are exported to file and then transferred to the machine.

Products are maintained In the Product maintenance form. In this form it is possible to assign a label design to each of the print heads available on the WPL. It is also possible to define other WPL-related values, such as label position, rotation and stroke length.

In the Product maintenance form is it also possible to see a preview of all labels that will be printed by the Weigh Price Labeler or the OCM. The preview shows both the Item and Pack labels.

Label previews in the Product maintenance form Figure 3: Label previews in the Product maintenance form

It is also from the Product maintenance form that the comformats are generated. If one or more products are selected in the product list, and you click the Create Comformat button then the comformats are generated on the disk or on a USB memory stick. The directory structure used is the one expected by the WPL when reading comformats from a USB memory. During the creation process, all single, group and multi comformats are generated for either the item or pack. The process also saves any bitmaps used on the layouts to the disk or USB.