Delta Technologies Unveils Sample Innovation Solutions for SMEs

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László Vidra, managing director at Delta Group.

Delta Technologies has delivered free-to-study Industry 4.0 and digitalization sample applications to five domestic manufacturing companies under a government-run technology development program.

In a public event closing out the program, Delta Group presented its five projects specially adapted to the domestic SME environment. The solutions aim to raise awareness of the development opportunities available to small- and medium-sized companies and can be viewed as case studies.

The solutions are adapted to the real-life environment of five companies operating in different sectors within the Advanced Enterprise Technology Sample Program of the IFKA (Industrial Development Technology Foundation) Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd. So far, few adaptable innovations have been developed for the domestic SME sector, which differs significantly from large enterprises in terms of opportunities and environmental conditions.

Delta Group presented the model projects developed for IFKA, which reports to the Ministry of Technology and Innovation, at an event opened for a professional audience by Deputy State Secretary Károly Balázs Solymár.

The aim of the program, which started this year and has a total investment value of HUF 511 million, is to create working prototype solutions adapted to the production environment, which can be freely studied by domestic SMEs and are suitable for future knowledge and technology transfer opportunities.

Scaleable Solutions

“Relevant Industry 4.0 solutions tailored to the specifics of domestic SMEs have been scarce so far. The projects we have created aim to change this situation by bringing large-scale industrial solutions to the SME level,” said László Vidra, managing director atDelta Group.

“The examples presented show that it is possible to produce digitalization solutions for SMEs that are scalable and easy to operate, adapted to their specific field environment, and developed as part of a development concept,” he explained.

“We are a partner for domestic manufacturing companies with our systems integrator background. Our commitment to the sector is also demonstrated by the fact that the technical concepts of the innovations we have delivered were all developed during the COVID period of the major plant shutdowns, during which Delta staff were working continuously on the projects,” Vidra added.

For the custom solutions created by Delta, the 5G communications network was provided by telcos Yettel and Nokia. IBM Hungary sourced industrial software and artificial intelligence solutions for sensing and machine vision, and the field sensors came courtesy of Sick Sensor Intelligence, the world’s leading intelligent sensor manufacturer.

A customer benefit will be offered to all companies involved. In addition, Brickz Technologies Hungary Kft., Yettel Hungary Zrt., Nokia Solutions and Networks, IBM Hungary Kft., Control Pro Kft. and GrainMonitor Kft. were awarded by IFKA for excellence in the SME Industrial Digitalization Model Program.

Delta Group’s Five Bespoke Industry 4.0 Solutions

Machine Vision for Uniholz

Uniholz Ltd. is primarily a supplier of steel products and construction materials. Delta developed an easy-to-use, field-applied artificial intelligence-enabled Industry 4.0 solution in collaboration with the company. The system provides an accurate inventory picture through an inspection and counting algorithm that runs automatically on a phone without needing material handling. The solution, which does not change the technical and IT environment and does not require a unique camera system, enables more accurate goods receipt and, thus, faster accounting and stock recording.

Optimized Tracking and Delivery Planning for Nagykun-Hús

Nagykun-Hús, a pork processing and finished meat products company, needed help with the in-factory tracking of semi-finished goods in a food processing environment. The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based system enables gates positioned to track goods handling processes to register the passage of the product/goods with a time stamp. The timestamp also facilitates other tasks, such as the central linking of measurements or complete automation of the weighing process. The items are registered as they pass through the plant, the cold store or are removed from storage.

Sensor-based Crop Quality Protection at Matyó Agrártermelő

One of the requirements for a solution based on eliminating human error was the ease of upgrading and integrating additional sensors and subsystems in further silos and bins without complicating or expanding the work of operational staff and technicians. A sensor detection system and a central monitoring system for collecting data were installed for the company, which is involved in grain and feed production, to monitor the crop condition in the grain silos and to predict changes in its state.

Self-propelled Robot Intralogistics for Arbot Mechatronics

A 5G robotic platform solution was developed for the company, which is involved in the design, engineering, control and programming of mechatronic and integrated products, as well as the testing of electronic devices, to simplify the movement of incoming and semi-finished goods. The custom-designed material handling system was easily adapted to the customer’s existing processes and needs, optimizing safe automatic transport, unloading, and loading points. It also provided operators with efficiency reports on the robot’s operation.

Industrial Environment Robot Solutions for PGB Engineering

For a company involved in measuring and controlling systems and supplying automotive and safety products, a combination of a classic industrial and a collaborative robot solution was developed, resulting in a robot capable of automated work. The robot’s task is to independently unload untidy bulk goods from box to conveyor, as well as to pick up the goods on the conveyor belt or at the endpoint and check their quality. The main advantage of the solution is that it is containerized and can be transported, which ensures easy movement and adaptation to a new work phase in a new location if periodic needs have to be met in any manufacturing company in the country. The robotic solution can be viewed at the company’s Budapest site.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of November 7, 2022.

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