Work from a Complete Foundation
A manufacturer’s strong suit is making products, but it may not be writing applications and managing data. GE Digital’s Digital Plant Software and domain expertise can help manufacturers to track data across multiple plants, equipment, materials, and people. This foundation allows them to immediately measure and compare equipment metrics and operator practices to expose the reasons for production losses—without making internal IT investments or adding high-priced professionals to permanent staff.
When companies make information an enterprise-wide asset, manufacturers are able to use best practices to extract the right equipment and quality data from operations and share this information broadly across the organization.
Mission critical software contains proven, standardized data templates to specify which metrics to track across all equipment to make sure the data remains consistent and can easily roll up to production results across all lines and plants. Pairing this information with role-specific dashboards creates views customized to the individual needs of operators, plant managers, or executives across the organization.
And, because no individual, piece of equipment, or bit of data lives in isolation, software can define the relationships between each element of the production process, essentially creating a digital representation of the plants, a Digital Twin. So, the next time a machine goes down, you’ll be ready to quickly spot the equipment, operators, and processes that will be impacted.
Finally, adapting facilities on the fly in response to reading signals from the market and synchronizing output accordingly. Manufacturers can use information, provided by software that applies the visibility they need to quickly generate a new bill of materials, reroute components, change equipment schedules, and re-assign employees.
Our software (which just released a new series of updates) also closely monitors the production process to catch deviations and adjust equipment before the product is created, helping to avoid wasted materials. And because the software supports traceability across the full scope of the production process, companies can build a more complete understanding of the nuances of operations. This way, they can visualize how a change at the master level will impact specific lines and finished goods, or quickly backtrack to identify and isolate the root cause of a component or material issue.