Recent disruptions to manufacturing in terms of production interruptions, supply chain disturbances, and global delivery restrictions has forced the enterprises to rethink their manufacturing operations. Enterprises are focusing on manufacturing resilience by evolving beyond efficiency to being agile to respond rapidly and flexibly to changing customer demands and realigned supply chains. Success will be determined by the ability of the enterprises to be digitally enable and integrate real time data and production processes with technologies acting as a digital thread to glue the internal and extended ecosystem together.
Manufacturing enterprises traditionally have relied upon automating the manufacturing processes within the four walls of the factory by implementing Automation systems like SCADA and HMI, to monitor and control operations. While enormous amount of data is being collected, manufacturers are not able to recognize and unlock business potential as processes and data are locked in dispersed silos.
Machines and shop-floor devices are now equipped with sensors and actuators as part of digital transformation in manufacturing which can communicate over the network using standard protocols. With advancement in cloud computing along with areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality and analytics, there is enormous potential for cyber-physical systems to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain.
HCL Operational Technology services are aligned to address key industry requirements – Right from effectively translating design intent from virtual world to manufacturing floor, simulation & optimization of complex manufacturing processes, concurrent engineering to compress time, improve productivity and flexibility to handle variance & volume.
- A light weight, quick deployment MES solution. A new-gen IoT enabled MES system that leverages new technology trends and focusses on quick return on investment by focusing on most important use cases in manufacturing.
RMI (Real Time Manufacturing Insights)
- A continuous AI/ML-based learning system identifying opportunities for real-time improvements in OEE, Energy, Safety, Quality, Cost, Demand, Inventory, etc.
ROST (Real Time Supply Chain Tracking)
- A connected supply chain solution to improve supply chain performance by leveraging multiple technology levers to improve visibility of “WIP” and “Risk Identification”.
Plant Data Acquisition Framework
- Data Acquisition Framework integrates machines, robots, AGVs, devices at shop floor to MOM using OPC / OPC-UA protocols.