EARLY STEPS TOWARDS SMART MANUFACTURING
- By /
Dr. Arvind Tilak
12 Jun 2017
Does Smart manufacturing implementation have to start from scratch every time or should we be leveraging current investments. Most obvious answer should be “let’s build on what exists and add what is not available or needs to be upgraded”. This must stem from the fact that “smart manufacturing” is not about automation or fancy terms only but leveraging connectivity amongst all assets and systems to deliver business value to the users.
We need to get the user stake holders to understand these nuances and get them to see “values” they will derive and not get swayed by fancy terms like AI, Machine learning, etc. and “all out approach” which some consulting companies are trying to sell.
When I am proposing adoption of "smart manufacturing" to my clients, I invariably put this on the top of the agenda. My recommendations are simple:
- Let’s use and leverage what you have already invested into totally and fully – automation/ sensor networks/ enterprise systems.
- Let’s drive and manage investments into new systems and automation, based on “value and benefits”
- Let’s list and prioritise “pain” areas you want to be addressed in short term
- Let’s list other high visibility and high returns benefits that can be extracted
- Let’s always start SMALL with a limited assets but full function POC that will allow to fine tune the architecture and deliverables.
In India most of the projects we are doing in Smart Manufacturing space are “brown field” with host of legacy systems and assets. Any in most cases these are delivering great results and companies do not want to replace these.
We are “digitally” enabling these plants and companies to leverage more value from all the assets, processes and work force. We use and integrate these diverse and many times even completely non-automated “silos” into a Smart Manufacturing grid.
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