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As COVID-19 intensifies its grip on the world economy, the continued downward pressure on demand, production and revenues is pushing business to step up their typical contingency plans. Most of the manufacturing industry sectors like automotive, aerospace and defence, industrial, healthcare and consumer goods are feeling this pressure today.
About 80% of these manufacturers expect the pandemic to have a financial impact on their business, significantly higher than the 48% of cross-industry companies concerned about the same, according to a Big 4 consultant. Organizations across the world have put the safety of the consumer and workforce health at the forefront.
Additionally, the manufacturing industry also grapples with hampered on-ground operations with the reduced workforce and supply chain disruption. Reduced on-ground workforce has limited the operation and maintenance capabilities of the floor, thus effecting the overall functioning and efficiency.
With the new social distancing norms, the technological advances of Industry 4.0 are put to ultimate test amidst this pandemic. The existing technology solutions need to be repurposed to this hour and is inevitable to the business contingency plans.
AR-Assisted support for manufacturing operations, by IoT WoRKSTM, would enable efficient manufacturing operations in accordance to the new norms. This solution enables efficient on-ground operations with reduced workforce, with AR assistance for training, maintenance and break-down support. It leverages and supports the line of sight of the workforce on-ground with AR-assisted support from remote expertise/technician.
Real-time Manufacturing Insights (RMI) uses Internet of Things to digitize and automate the manual processes on the floor, thus optimizing the capacity utilization with reduced workforce and disrupted raw material supply. A dashboard view of the floor operations- inventory levels, assembly line (with the critical parameters) and finished goods, across plants in different geographies, provides crucial decision support at several levels of the organization. Predictive maintenance coupled with prescriptive insights helps elude unplanned down-time and act timely with the reduced workforce and resources.
The Live Social Distancing Monitoring (LSDM) solution combines radar sensors, AI models and easily retrofittable distributed architecture, that can provide real-time locational insights on workforce movements, identify potential hotspots, generate alerts that can help businesses proactively optimize their operations, monitor occupancy and ensure disease free premises.
Our propositions enable enhanced workforce safety while optimizing operations with reduced resources, thus making the business flexible and agile for deployment in compliance with the new norms.
AR-Assisted support for manufacturing operations drives digitally-enabled and safe workplace which could run with flexible workforce, in compliance with the new norms. This in turn maintains and improves productivity and operation efficiency in these unprecedented times. AR-assisted support reduces the time required to assemble a complex machinery by 25% and with higher accuracy. This solution also enables productivity gains of an organization by 25%, due to digital assistant alone.
Real-time Manufacturing Insights (RMI), enables reduction in losses due to unplanned downtime- the single largest source of lost production time for most manufacturers, by about 30%. The continuous monitoring capabilities of the solution also drives reduction of maintenance costs by about 30% and provides insight into financial impact due to OEE losses. Increased visibility into asset health thereby improves productivity by about 10-15%.
LSDM solution enables businesses to automate social distancing – thus reimagining zero-contact premises, helping restore business continuity and operational profitability – and most importantly, ensuring real-time monitoring and maintenance of people and workforce safety.
While the world economy gears up for a long-lasting impact of this pandemic, it is crucial to tackle these challenges timely, for a safer and stronger post-COVID world.
AR-Assisted Support for Manufacturing Operations
Remote operations with optimized workforce
Real-time expert guidance to the field technician on the asset site
Step-by-step instructions to resolve any technical issue at the asset location
Digitization of content
Access to digital documentation and information
Access to repository
Of training videos to enable the technician prior to visiting the site
Hands-free, zero contact device
With intuitive navigation and voice-enabled application
IoT data visualization of OT asset parameters
Enable minimal, critical workforce
Deployment in compliance with social distancing norms
With real-time sensor data such as temperature, pressure, and rotation speed rendered on AR devices
High first-time success rate
With improved efficiency of service operations
With reduced field workforce requirement, and improved utilization
in service costs, workforce training costs, and unplanned downtime
Real-time Manufacturing Insights
Real-time operational visibility, from shop-floor to top-floor
Of plant efficiency with user defined KPIs
To the pre-configured users via email or mobile
To pre-empt machine breakdown and line availability issues
Cost analysis of OEE losses
Availability loss, performance loss, and quality loss
With system integration of IT/OT systems
Monitor and manage
Machine connectivity across the floor, quickly troubleshoot issues
Reduce unplanned downtime
By improved fault prediction, planning of remedial actions
Reduce scrap loss
By real-time alert in output quality drop
Into asset health throughout processes
Real-time visibility of finished goods inventory
To reduce inventory carrying costs
Predictive & Preventive Maintenance
To reduce machine maintenance costs
Real-time actionable insights
To achieve higher productivity and better-quality goods
Live Social Distancing Monitoring Solution
Reimagine compliant, secure premises
Can be correlated with queues & wait times, enable live adjustments for smoother operations
Triggered when queue, footfall cross threshold; on detection of infection
Heatmaps, Interactive Cloud-based Dashboards
Enable visibility of live and legacy insights
Track footfall patterns, integrate with identified hotspots, contact tracing
Redefine New Normal
Utilize insights to slow spread, minimize losses, reduce healthcare spend
Premise monitoring, automated alerts help automate social-distancing
Manage layout, queues basis footfall, dwell times for smooth operations
Ensure Safe Premises
Maintain business continuity, profitability, safety of people, and workforce
Scale & Transform
Retrofittable, distributed computing enables rapid implementation at scale