A leading LCD panel company, which has several plants across the world including manufacturing plants and module assembly plants, needed to sustain competitive advantages in the technology intensive and capital intensive industry. To this end, the company invested tremendous capital in building next-generation plants.
Its production equipment is extremely expensive and requires three-shift engineers for full-time operation. Two engineers are involved in handling the control system for individual equipment; one in Fab clean room doing field operation and the other one in the control room doing remote monitoring. The company, by using traditional KVM extenders and Fiber extenders, met the following challenges:
(1) can’t use existing CAT5e/6 cabling and the TCP/IP network; (2) supervisors can’t remotely access data over the network; (3) no priority control of remote and local operations; (4) product and installation are costly; (5) minimize space requirements and maximize personnel efficiency; (6) GUI is not Web-based and has limited functionality.
Seeking an Over-IP KVM solution to increase the productivity, manageability and safety, the company deployed a control unit that provides “over-IP” capability to KVM that does not have built in over-IP functionality. It allows operators to monitor and access their computers from remote locations using a browser-based Windows Client or Java Applet, or with AP Windows and Java application programs.
So far, the company has realized many benefits including:
- Reduced Cost
- Reduce the number of engineers in control room to save labor-cost and lower the installation cost by using the CAT5e/6 cables for connection.
- Enhanced Manageability
- Supervisors can remotely access over the network to enhance manageability.
- Ease of Installation
- Use the plant TCP/IP Ethernet network to ease installation.
- Increased Productivity
- One remote engineer can open four browsers to monitor four control systems in one display by using web-based GUI.
- Speedier up new production line set-up
- Experienced engineer can be moved to the new plant for new production lines set up.