With Merlin Ai, an engineer or skilled operator is not required for set-up or maintenance; it’s easy to set up and easy to use – no training or technical skills are needed. This attribute is even more important in the face of the current shortage of skilled workers across Europe and North America. Merlin Ai provides a layer of assurance for processors.
The simple user interface (UI) allows easy navigation and control of the machine, while default pre-set modes, and AI and machine learning capabilities enable quick set-up for new products. “We’ve learned from the digital age that people expect high levels of usability. Merlin Ai will bring sorting machines to that high level. It’s intuitive. Anyone can use the machine with confidence and achieve the results they need for that day. Similar to how we unbox a new laptop or phone and begin to intuitively navigate our way through the set-up without needing the manual, Merlin Ai has been developed to ensure the highest ease of use,” says Kinsella.
Enabling Industry 4.0 readiness, Merlin Ai’s connectivity to Bühler Insights delivers conversion of raw data from Sortex machines into KPIs and metrics on a single Bühler Insights dashboard. It is suitable for anyone in the factory to use and gain insights from the sorter. Instead of simply providing metrics such as ejector defect rates, Bühler can provide information that has real meaning such as input contamination, yield, total reject mass, uptime hours per day, yield per mode/recipe, and total accept mass. It enables downtime analysis, quality monitoring, and plant comparison.