Implementing automation and MES solutions
The first step is automation. Gone are the days where manual work processes and paper are sufficient for meeting production demands and staying competitive. By implementing HMI/SCADA solutions, like iFIX from GE Digital, automakers, like Subaru, are able to improve uptime, increase use of real-time data, leverage predictive analytics, and monitor quality— resulting in record turnaround times.
Building upon automation solutions, comes the need to dig deeper in streamlining the production process. Manufacturing execution systems (MES) have been used for years in the automotive industry, but now companies, like Volvo’s Car Engine division, are getting more creative in how they leverage manufacturing data to make better decisions and improve process reliability.
With both automation and MES software, industrial companies are taking information about production and using it to make sure that machines, operators, and managers are able to make the right decisions at the right time. This helps them ensure that output and quality remain high, while costs are as low as possible.