A $35 Manufacturing Disruption - Raspberry Pi for Data Visualization
Alexander Lee, a student at Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, N.C.), was named the winner for the Idea Creation competition as part of the MTConnect Student Challenge for his submission, “Raspberry Pi for Data Visualization.”
Lee’s winning submission proposed the use of a Raspberry Pi single-board computer as an MTConnect adapter to monitor a machine’s overall equipment effectiveness, utilizing the Python programming language to visualize the data that comes from the machine.
We caught up to Lee after his presentation at The [MC]2 Conference in Dallas, Texas.
“I’m part of a generation that grew up with the Internet, and it was something that was always just there. But if you enter a factory today, it feels like the manufacturing industry kind of missed out on the whole internet revolution,” Lee said. “I hope this award brings to light that there is a huge opportunity to innovate in manufacturing, and that kids who are using computers like Raspberry Pi will explore ways to use them in real-world industrial applications. A lot of millennials are entering the workforce, and they are enthusiastic to introduce these types of new and innovative ideas.”
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