Harness the power of your manufacturing data
The fourth industrial revolution is spearheading the creation of Smart Factories that employ computer controls, models big data and other automation to further improve manufacturing efficiencies. Smart manufacturing involves the connection of production, information and communication technologies, enabling the sensing, measurement, control and communication of data which can be aggregated and analyse to provide a holistic overview of a manufacturing plants entire production process.
It is the data generated by intelligent sensors, motors, automation systems and robotics throughout the production and assembly lines that make smart manufacturing a reality. There is already a wealth of datapoints throughout the production process of all manufacturing industries and, thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), these connected devices are generating more data than ever before. However, less than 0.5% of this data is currently being analysed or used. So how can you put this data to good use?
MindSphere is the cloud based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects your products, plants, systems and machines to the digital world, enabling you to harness the wealth of data generated by the IIoT. Data is selectively collected at configurable intervals on the MindSphere platform, allowing for further analysis which can generate new business insights that were previously unimaginable.
Multiple data systems can be seamlessly integrated into the MindSphere platform, including historical databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. By connecting, collecting and analysing both current and historical data, your operations team will discover valuable and actionable insights to truly transform your business.
For example, this could be extremely beneficial for manufacturers that operate a production network comprising of multiple plant locations such as those within the automotive industry. The daily, weekly or monthly production volumes of each plant could be compared with one another seamlessly to reveal which plant is the most and least productive. It will provide an unprecedented level of transparency across the entire operation. Further analysis could identify manufacturing best practise to fully optimise the entire manufacturing network.
Unleash the full potential of your data with MindSphere as it provides you with powerful industry applications and digital services, enabling you to gain valuable insights that can drive business success and acquire a competitive edge within your industry. MindSphere empowers manufacturers to optimise their products by evaluating ‘How’, ‘Where’ and under what conditions your products are used. This provides you with concrete application data which can be used to streamline both the manufacturing and the design process.
If your organisation is in the process of becoming a digital enterprise and is looking to reduce your overall operating costs, improve production quality, and create a flexible manufacturing network that can rapidly adapt to changing market demands; make sure to partner with Underwoods. We have a dedicated digitaliation team that can support you throughout your digital journey.