We start from the premise that all of the dimensions of the business play a vital role in the company’s strategy, and in achieving the goals of the plan. Processes, products, IT infrastructures, data, human capital and supply chain must work like clockwork, with a similar level of digital maturity that avoids imbalances in the interrelationship of these aspects. Once this diagnosis has been made, we take into account the effect that digitization will have on reducing costs and, if it does not reduce costs, on increasing the added value of the final product or generating new business opportunities. Lastly, we conclude with a portfolio of pilot projects, with a roadmap to implement them, an approximate budget and potential sources of funding, so that the company can implement them in the plant in the future.
Simulation and digital twin for plant expansion
The digital simulation or model provides a digital twin of the plant, processes and resources, which in the first place makes it possible to size and verify the new plant’s distribution and resources, and once it is in operation, serves as a tool to validate the production plans, the incorporation of new processes or products, and the optimal sizing of production resources.
For this reason, to create and plan the new plant, CT has proposed the creation of a digital model of its processes and resources, as well as its internal logistics. This tool makes it possible to study several key aspects of plant operation: detection of bottlenecks, optimization of layout and process, warehouse stock and intermediate buffers, internal logistics, profitability and feasibility of incorporating automatic transport systems such as AGV’s in key areas, sizing of operators and shifts, the optimal distribution of operators and processes, studies of energy consumption.
Harnessing the potential of IoT to reinforce any type of targeted software
Systems integration is currently one of the most important trends to improve processes. This is what has also come to be called Business Intelligence (BI).
Within systems integration, there are many types of targeted software: the ERPs that manage the operational part, the MESs focused on production, the product-oriented PLMs, or the CRMs that are associated with the sales aspect.
In this case, taking into account the large amount of data collected and evaluated by the client, CT has detected an opportunity for the production process to benefit from IoT, in order to supervise with real-time information on the performance of the machines. The summary of all of the information obtained from the system (data, metrics and KPIs) is displayed to the client in a dashboard implemented with tools such as Power BI.
The smart, safer, more agile and flexible factory
The automotive industry is leader in terms of installation of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR), intelligent mobile elements that can tow loads and moving autonomously inside or outside the facilities. Their performance and increased reliability, facilitated by optical systems such as LiDAR, have accelerated their application in vehicle manufacturing plants.
Some of the different aspects that CT addresses in its application are safety, geolocation and programming, keys to the robot-load interaction and to the plant’s infrastructure development needs.
Our proposals are based on multiple suppliers that are widely deployed in the region, so the support is guaranteed. All of these require an integrator, which helps with the unique adaptation of each case.
The ingredients of an efficient plan
At CT, we have all of the tools needed to create an efficient digitization plan and ensure digital continuity, where information flows in all of the processes of a product, from manufacturing to export. We also bring together the technical and human value of our Industry 4.0 experts, with extensive experience in projects for the leading OEMs and Tier 1, non-stop participation in international R&D projects, and relational capital in the national and international Innovation ecosystem, made up of universities, sector associations, technology centers and start-ups, among others.
Our constant monitoring of technology, competition and sales, combined with our ability to incubate new projects with agile methodologies (Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, etc.) help us to carry out a complete strategic business analysis to determine the suitability and deployment of empowering tools.