Rapid digitization of manufacturing results in machine builders (OEMs) needing to provide a better service to improve their customers' agility and market responsiveness. Meeting these needs, Schneider Electric offers EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a platform that allows OEMs to track, monitor, and fix machines remotely.
Driven by rapid adoption of connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and big data analytics, digitization in manufacturing has huge potential. According to a 2015 McKinsey survey, by 2025 digitization will reduce time to market by 20 to 25 per cent, optimize expertise by 45% to 55%, and reduce machine downtime by up to 50%. Hopefully, there will still be buyers in the market.
Machine Advisor provides a fully connected framework for reliable machine operation through three functionalities:
- Track: OEMs can visualize the location of all their machines, with real-time access to documentation and history, such as bill of materials, manuals, maintenance logs and task management schedules.
- Monitor: The cloud-based software allows OEMs to collect and visualize 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 contextual information, step-by-step procedures and remote expertise by leveraging augmented reality. Furthermore, Fix 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 at hand.
EcoStruxure Machine Advisor also gives immediate benefits to operators by leveraging the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor app. EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor puts real-time information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever it is needed. The custom application improves operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.
For more details, visit Schneider Electric.