IIoT Meets Lean Manufacturing
This post outlines how IIoT meets Lean manufacturing principles and the alignment between the the two frameworks.
Smart manufacturing means individualised products, short production cycles, and intense competition. In Industry 4.0 , it is essential to continuously increase productivity and competitiveness. Therefore, the factory of the future must first be able to do one thing: “Achieve Peak Performance“
For this reason, more companies are bringing Internet technologies into production and are achieving productivity increases of 30 percent or more. This white paper shows the way to higher productivity by aligning production to objective metrics.
The focus is on how Big Data can become Smart Data and how end users can continuously improve production with objective metrics. The ingredients to build a stable foundation for smart manufacturing are at hand. With this knowledge, you can bring greater intelligence to your manufacturing operations.
TRANSFORMING BIG DATA INTO SMART DATA
Smart Manufacturing also helps transform your business to a smart management culture. This approach relies on data for every worker that is objective and user-friendly. With digitally captured Planned vs Actual Charts, all employees can know overall production status and individual process steps. This will empower them to manage and take corrective action independently. The IIoT platform FORCAM FORCE™ offers the right information, at the right time, to the right place for every participant in the production process. For everyone involved—the machine operator, the shift manager, and the plant manager—all processes are transparent, user-friendly, and comprehensible in real-time.
THE MOST IMPORTANT METRIC: OEE
With the digital integration of machines, there is suddenly an abundance of data at our fingertips. This data tsunami needs to be channelled into the desired metrics. You must, therefore, answer the question: What do we want to measure?
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a central Key Performance Indicator (KPI) because it measures the performance of production in light of performance, quality, and utilisation. OEE is made up of these three performance indicators:
ALL MACHINES ON ONE PLATFORM
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: The transformation to a smart factory starts by digitally connecting all machines, the shop floor, and the top floor on one platform. What is the goal? Synchronised planning and production, real-time access to Planned vs. Actual statuses in all countries and languages.
TECHNOLOGY KNOWS NO BORDERS
Intelligent production can only succeed with an open architecture. This allows each manufacturer to create a custom IT and production system. The integration of business data from production and planning as well as from various factory locations helps to achieve increased productivity in the short-term and create positive effects in cost savings, security and environmental impact in the long term.
A smart factory should offer consistent open interfaces. Conventional MES (Manufacturing Execution System) often do not provide this capability. The IIoT platform Platform allows production data to be available through an Open API (Application Programming Interface). With Open API, all applications access the same programmer interface. The business data is available for the entire organisation, both production, and planning. The linking of the current day and future advanced technology is guaranteed.
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