The data-driven plant management platform to enhance productivity
The path of operational excellence is embedded in data management. Companies that embrace the digital transformation and data management are embracing the means to improve profits and stay ahead of the competition. But to stay competitive, companies must answer two questions:
• How should I collect data?
• What is the best way to access and explore data to steer growth and increase value?
With Digital Factory, we empower companies to make better-informed, data-driven decisions by tapping into the power of data!
Digital Factory: benefits of a data-driven approach
Why is data-driven analytics of interest for manufacturers?
Managing massive amounts of production Data is the key to powering the next generation of tracking, fraud detection, predictive maintenance, efficiency measurement processes. Not only is this data-driven approach tremendously effective in enabling real-time actions, it also provides several benefits to the Companies for their plant management and factory maintenance:
- AGILE DECISION-MAKING
Effective data management and analysis can uncover actionable insights for strategic decisions and anticipating trends and challenges.
- BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON PROFITABILITY&COSTS
Collecting, monitoring and analyzing data from production (e.g: availability, quality, efficiency, maintenance) has a twin effect: the improvement of the operations which, in turn, increases profitability, leading to higher margins and lesser costs.
Enhance your production efficiency!
Digital Factory is the Data intelligence platform powered by Antares Vision Group, designed to help Companies enhance line efficiency and production quality, improve planning, smooth factory maintenance, and speed up agile decision-making.
The Digital Factory platform makes it easy to access multiple information which can be arranged into specific Dashboard. Production Data/Traceability Data/Productivity Data/Quality control Data/Maintenance Data/Sustainability Data
The Digital Factory tools rely on several modules which make this suite extremely powerful in gathering, managing, and extracting production Data:
- Real-time Data acquisition: by connecting existing equipment to extract value from production lines;
- Real-time Data visualization: to live-monitor production performance of lines and plants up to the corporate level;
- Instant Data analysis: that performs and combines multiple queries to reveal trends and data patterns;
- Automated smart alert system: for event or time-based warnings;
- Escalation management: in case of critical conditions, such a stopped line and decreased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE); the escalation path can be managed to accelerate the restoration to standard conditions;
- Self-customizable control panel for automated rule responses: When the batch stops, reports are automatically sent to the reference so additional controls such as email updates or alarm reports can be carried out;
A scalable and modular approach
The Digital Factory platform can be executed at different levels, from a single machine to the plant level. It can be integrated with existing IT infrastructure, and it exploits communication protocols architecture (e.g. OPC-UA, Modbus, MQTT, Ethernet TCP/IP) to be fully interconnected to the machine programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Digital Factory has six powerful modules for gathering, managing, and extracting production data. Each one can be run separately, independently, or in combination with others to best address the manufacturing environment and follow its evolution step by step.
Digital Factory modules
DIGITAL FACTORY | PLANT MANAGER MODULE
Antares Vision Group’s manufacturing execution systems software to handle all plant operations, assets, resources, recipes, work orders, raw materials (linked with a warehouse management system).
DIGITAL FACTORY | TRACEABILITY MODULE
Antares Vision Group L3 software solution for managing serialisation and aggregation.
DIGITAL FACTORY | EFFICIENCY MODULE
Measures OEE to identify losses and waste by category and creates reports and analyses to provide clear, data-driven suggestions to solve issues related to product efficiency.
DIGITAL FACTORY | QUALITY
Digitalisation of company documentation and management of supplier selection by collecting and linking rejects to a raw materials supplier.
DIGITAL FACTORY | MAINTENANCE
Complete management and optimisation of maintenance activities, including creation and fulfilment of maintenance report templates (spare parts replaced, time to repair), analysis of machine failure and performance, and A.I. and machine learning support to manage predictive and prescriptive maintenance.
DIGITAL FACTORY | SUSTAINABILITY
Tracking different energy consumptions (e.g. water and other fluids, gases) within a plant to make recommendations on improving consumption and better complying with health, safety, and environment (HSE) policy.
Digital Factory advantages for your plant management
OPTIMIZATION OF PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY
Digital Factory makes it possible to adopt an efficient business model based on real-time and continuous data flow from machines to the software;
COST, TIME, AND WASTE REDUCTION
Digital Factory allows accurate analysis of gathered data to measure OEE and identify and categorise weaknesses and bottlenecks in the production plan;
DECISIONS BASED ON FACTS
A user-friendly interface makes it easy to customise each dashboard, aggregating and presenting the most important data clearly and intuitively to simplify and speed up decision-making processes;
Digital Factory applies A.I. to statistical analysis, speeding up the diagnosis of quality issues and providing data-driven solutions to improve the quality of your production;
Digital Factory is easily installed on any production line. Its tools can be integrated into pre-existing software architecture with a lower impact on the existing validation procedures and line performance, ensuring the continuity of your business activities.