SINGAPORE: Amid the rapid digitisation of manufacturing, machine builders (OEMs) need to provide a better service to improve their customers’ agility and market responsiveness. Therefore, Schneider Electric has presented its EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a platform that allows OEMs to track, monitor and fix machines remotely as well as enable operators to predict and execute preventive maintenance schedules and improve machine availability.
Real-time Operational Awareness Is A Competitive Advantage
Driven by rapid adoption of connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and big data analytics, digitisation in manufacturing has a huge potential. According to a 2015 McKinsey survey, by 2025 digitisation will reduce time to market by 20 to 25 percent, optimise expertise by 45 to 55 percent, and reduce machine downtime by up to 50 percent.
In this ultra-competitive environment, OEMs need solutions that will improve the connectivity of their machines, giving them real-time operational awareness, and access to their machines in order to optimise their operational efficiency while developing new business opportunities such as in their services business. These benefits need to be passed on to operators, while guaranteeing safety and data security.
Maximising The Value Of Data With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is able to convert data into key insights for machine builders. “With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, OEMs gain real-time remote access to their machines, allowing them to add and modify new services to each installed machine at any production site worldwide,” explained Xing Jian Pang, industrial commercial vice president, global OEM and Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric. The device is also able to provide a fully connected framework for reliable machine operation through three key functionalities:
- Track: OEMs can visualise the location of all their machines, with real-time access to documentationand history, such as bill of materials, manuals, maintenance logs and task management schedules.
- Monitor: The cloud-based software allows OEMs to collect and visualise machine data in real time,giving a comprehensive analysis of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), widgets for performance against key KPIs and other trends, and dashboards to monitor machine availability and output quality.
- Fix: A service enabled by a mobile app to facilitate maintenance and operations with contextualinformation, the help of step-by-step procedures and remote expertise by leveraging augmented reality. Furthermore, this service also provides remote access to the engineering software in the cloud, enabling service technicians to use “Software-as-a-Service” to always have the right version and libraries by hand.
While these functionalities allow OEMs to improve customer satisfaction and innovate with new service offers, EcoStruxure Machine Advisor also gives immediate benefits to operators by leveraging the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor app. This allows the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor to put real-time information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever it is needed. Additionally, the custom application can improve operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.
EcoStruxure Machine Advisor pilots
The EcoStruxure Machine Advisor has been piloted successfully with many OEMs in Europe and Asia. In Taiwan, Leadermac, a manufacturer of four-side moulders, has incorporated the technology as a digitised solution to improve its service offers and the company is now able to execute early diagnosis and preventive maintenance of its machines, and sell better-connected, more flexible, more efficient and safer machines.
“EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is the future,” said Leadermac president, Michael Chang. “It helps OEMs like us provide better services, such as remote preventive maintenance, alarm monitoring, tooling usage and IoT applications.”
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