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Industry 4.0 – Are you ready to lead the race?

by Ponlakshmi | Mar 19, 2024 | Industry4.0 | 0 comments

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Industries are currently in a sprint towards Industry 4.0, which represents the future of productivity vital for the growth of manufacturing sectors. The cornerstone of this revolution lies in the advancement of manufacturing technology, enabling real-time communication and collaboration between machines and humans. Today's competitive manufacturing landscape necessitates efficiency, quality, and continuous process improvement, all while embracing Industry 4.0 principles.

To remain competitive and thrive in this race, it's imperative to accurately measure manufacturing productivity. Thus, implementing comprehensive solution becomes essential, offering real-time insights into the shop floor to optimize production processes. To assist manufacturers, we've introduced our Cloud Smart Factory, an all-in-one solution that combines MES, MRP, and WIP Manager. It's designed to upgrade your shop floor and increase productivity effortlessly.

This article delves into how our Industry 4.0 solutions empower you to gain control over your entire production floor, emphasizing the importance of deploying a perfect solution for enhanced productivity and competitiveness.

Bird’s Eye view on Production

Optimizing the production process within the manufacturing industry hinges on the availability of real-time data within the production environment. Real-time monitoring has the potential to improve your manufacturing productivity by up to 50%. Our MES solutions offers a highly efficient solution designed specifically to deliver a real-time overview of your entire shop floor. Accessing real-time status updates from your production floor enables a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing processes and facilitates the assessment of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) concerning availability, performance, and quality. This real-time visibility into production enhances focus on productivity and improvement initiatives, aiding in the identification and elimination of inefficiencies and bottlenecks.

Manage Materials Movement

Our tracking tool, WIP Manager, helps manufacturers keep a close eye on work in progress (WIP), making it easier to manage resources and plan efficiently. It provides ongoing updates on where materials are in the production process, making it simple to see what's happening at each stage. Also, it ensures that inventory is monitored accurately, preventing both excess stock and shortages during production.

Forecast Material Requirements

Our solution helps manufacturers plan raw materials better, predicting what they'll need accurately. This makes operations run more smoothly, meeting demand without problems. By using our MRP (Material Requirements Planning), manufacturers save money by reducing waste and avoiding having too much stock. They also get useful information about both supply and demand, helping them send out orders on time and keep customers happy.

Effective Performance Visualization

Our Cloud Smart Factory solutions are crafted to ensure comprehensive visualization of all process parameters and indicators gathered from the production monitoring system, utilizing real-time data dashboards and analytical reports. Tailored to deliver transparent and accurate OEE manufacturing data, our solution provides all necessary information to minimize production losses. Users can assess the performance of individual machines separately or collectively, empowering them to analyze machine productivity and address production inefficiencies.

Shift-based cumulative reports and hourly production reports enable the archival of data for analysis, revealing the actual production capacity of systems, production lines, and machinery. This approach can reduce equipment maintenance costs by 25%. Additionally, users can delve deeper into machine performance for thorough analysis and informed decision-making.

Tracking Manufacturing Downtime

Production environments commonly face challenges such as machine malfunctions, downtime, failures, and rejects, which diminish overall machine performance, decrease production efficiency, and lead to economic losses for industries. Nearly every industry experiences productivity losses ranging from 5% to 20% due to downtime. Therefore, understanding the true cost of downtime and implementing measures to mitigate it are crucial. However, relying solely on performance indicators and OEE manufacturing data is insufficient for identifying inefficiencies. Accurate tracking of downtime events is necessary to effectively prevent and manage excessive losses.

Our solution offers precise insights into production lines, enabling the identification of bottlenecks, maintenance issues, and other factors contributing to downtime. With our solution, users can proactively determine reasons for machine downtime, such as raw material shortages, scheduled maintenance, or work breaks. By effectively managing downtime, productivity losses and inefficiencies can be minimized.

Take Complete Control over Machines

Our Smart Factory tools are ideally suited for industries operating in single or multiple shifts. Machine evaluation and monitoring can be tailored to align with your shift patterns and the optimal cycle time of machines. The system offers real-time updates and progress tracking of maintenance activities, enabling the maintenance team to oversee ongoing tasks. Additionally, the system calculates metrics such as Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) as part of the workflow, facilitating assessment of equipment reliability and maintenance performance. This empowers manufacturers to optimize maintenance strategies, ultimately enhancing reliability and minimizing downtime.

Quality Measurement & SPC Analysis

Quality control in manufacturing is essential, and our solution enables you to pre-establish the required quality standards. This grants manufacturers real-time visibility and the ability to monitor quality trends using statistical methods such as Statistical Process Control (SPC) to anticipate variations, trends, and anomalies that could affect product quality, prompting preventive measures. Over time, this data assists manufacturers in identifying areas for potential process optimization and improving yield.

Reports Visualization

The reports feature provides manufacturers with invaluable insights and analytics, facilitating data-driven decision-making, real-time performance monitoring, and optimization of efficiency across production processes. Through the analysis of production metrics, resource utilization patterns, and quality control data, manufacturers can pinpoint areas for enhancement, streamline operations, and achieve cost savings. Enhanced visibility and continuous monitoring enable compliance with regulatory standards, optimal resource allocation, and the cultivation of a culture of continuous improvement, ultimately boosting productivity, quality, and competitiveness in the market.

Thus, our Cloud Smart Factory solution stands out as the simplest and most affordable solution designed to aggregate production information, presenting it clearly and simply to production managers. This bridges the gap between production processes and planning, positioning you at the forefront of the industrial race.

To experience firsthand how our Cloud Smart Factory solution can elevate your shop floor, schedule a demo today!

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