Making use of data in an industrial context – Factory Simulation

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Just to add some fuel my recent post let me pick a topic to elaborate on (hoping I’ll get even more responses on your expectations on the upcoming webinar series). 

Today let me focus on “Factory Simulation” (which naturally relates to other topics like “Digital Twin” or “Machine Learning”)

The term “Factory Simulation” is widely used with lots of room for interpretation; and probably most of the interpretations have their own right of existence. 

So, a comment I made quite often over the years still stands true: Identify your use case, your business scenario, to put the endeavor into a business context – anything else is useless unless you want to apply technology just for the sake of applying technology.

Most production line managers I talked to really know what they’d like to get out of a factory simulation (vs. a lot of pure IT managers still tend to focus more on the fancy IT stuff), so let’s lean on the production line managers’ interpretations here:

  • I need to maintain my level of quality throughout all potential impacts
  • I need to maintain or improve my productivity rate
  • I need to increase OEE
  • I need to deliver on all contracts even if important ad hoc orders come in

Of course the list above is just a small starter, but I guess you get the picture – it’s (as in basically all Industrial IoT scenarios) coming down to making the optimal decision in real time.

Ideally these decisions would be fully automated, but a) a fully automated system will need some time to implement and b) we, as humans, will need some time to gain trust in these automated decisions. So the natural step before full automation is to implement a solution that will simulate scenarios, taking into account all impacting parameters (equipment, material, supply chain, order management….potentially external parameters like weather information), so an experienced line manager can see results for different possible decisions using real world and real time information before making the final decision that will be entered back into MES/ERP/SFM etc for execution.

The number and nature of impacting parameters can range from low and small complexity to high and ultra-complex. In a recent discussion with a customer I was told they’d only need to consider order management, current capacity and throughput rates over pre-production and assembly lines to cover ad hoc orders – not super-easy, but also not too complex. A shop floor worker for another customer told me a few months ago he exactly knows (after operating the equipment for 20+ years) how to tune the equipment in his responsibility to maintain quality with upcoming thunder storms – this example is not so easy to replicate in a simulation, as a lot of additional information and evaluation of this information is required to achieve reasonable results.

I hope this leads to additional thinking and requests – let me have your thoughts, please.

 

/Chris

Making use of data in an industrial context – what’s on your wish list?

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Again it’s been way to long since I posted here….in the meantime I had a really large number of great customer conversations on how to make use of data in an industrial context. Conversations reach from easy things like creating transparency in shop floor, over to leveraging existing, sophisticated solutions for e.g. automated rescheduling based on advanced analytics, very often reaching more disruptive, challenging topics like Digital Twin or Factory Simulation. 

In that regard I am working with great colleagues including @JerryAOverton and @KaiUHess to set up a series of webinars on such topics. 

A few suggestions right here – let me know what you’d like to see covered in September/October 2016, out of these or others. I will use your comments to get the right experts into those discussions.

  • Digital Twin
  • Factory Simulation
  • Machine Learning in industrial context
  • Smart Analytics to automated manufacturing processes end2end
  • Predictive Supply Chain
  • Integrating IT/OT Islands via MachineLearning based REST APIs
  • CyberSecurity in IoX context
  • Leveraging hybrid cloud in manufacturing
 
I’d really appreciate your comments and wishes here, we definitely want to tell the right stories, including how we solved such situations for customer and/or what we see as emerging technologies fit to  provide value in the (near) future.
 
With your feedback we’ll select & schedule the topics and will publish dates & times here and on csc.com
 
Thanks/Chris

 

 

#SpeedIdeation – 2nd poll

Let us have your view on #SpeedIdeation (please select all options that apply). This poll will be open until Sunday, August 3rd

/Chris

#SpeedIdeation Update 2014-07-30

Although I am a bit late with this update which I originally promised for Sunday, we still made quite some progress over the last couple of days:

– We’ve set up the CrowdChat page: https://www.crowdchat.net/speedideation
– Some cleaning up of my site to cater for easier access to #SpeedIdeation information (please also see menu item above)
– Some of the new pages will be populated with content in the coming days
– We’re contacting customers and partners to chime in
– We’re also working on the team rooms on this site to provide a discussion / brainstorming / documentation space dedicated to issue-communities

Next update soon

/Chris

#SpeedIdeation – 1st Crowd Event on August 11, 10am EDT

So: We’ve settled on the date & time we targeted – it’ll be on August 11, 10am EDT, 4pm CEDT – still hope this time is good enough for most of you around the globe.

Final link to CrowdChat will be available soon – Thanks Heather and John for your great support here!

What’s next now:

– We keep going with the (easy, but still needs to be done) template for the folks who wish to pre-register an issue
– We’ll get the chat site configured
– We’ll work on this blog site to cater for team rooms to work in communities for follow-up tasks (see earlier posts – we don’t expect all issues to be solved right now, but to find folks willing to form a virtual team to get that stuff done)
– We’ll spread the word

What can you do:

– Spread the word (i.e. retweet, forward link etc)
– Gather your issues in case you have and pre-register (as soon as open) to get the experts informed
– Book the slot in your calendar
– Team up already now with those friends & colleagues who’d like to run with you in a solution team or just hesitate to participate on their own for whatever reason 

Who should participate:

– Everybody interested in either getting an IT issue solved or in helping to solve
– Each of you who’d like to work in fast moving environments and new communities

Special task for #CSC AGMs, SREs or other customer facing roles:

– Get our customers to participate and raise issues – here’s the chance to get a global community to jointly work on their current issues

I’ll see Jethro Tull tomorrow, so next post probably only on Sunday (or maybe late Saturday)

/Chris