First step towards Industrial Internet of Things

8th May 2019
Posted By : Alex Lynn
First step towards Industrial Internet of Things

Utilising the latest technology, Schneider Electric’s Batam smart factory is both a working factory and a showcase for customers and partners to witness how digital transformation can help them make informed, data-driven decisions that bring about improved profitability, asset management performance, operational efficiency and a smarter productive workforce while keeping the operations secure, agile and environmentally sustainable. 

For those that have started the journey to IIoT, the Batam showcase aims to help them accelerate their digitisation plans. More than 150 customers and partners from Indonesia, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Middle East have visited the factoryThe smart factory in Batam is just one of Schneider Electric’s smart factory showcases around the world which includes China, France, Philippines, North America and India. 

Xavier Denoly, Country President Schneider Electric Indonesia, said: “We strongly believe in the value of smart factories and ensure our own factories are equipped with the latest IIoT technologies to spearhead the new Industry 4.0 era. Our smart factory in Batam is a test bed for machine learning, AI, predictive and digital maintenance, connected machines and processes. The integration of big data, cloud and IIoT technology will pave the way for organisations in Asia to work towards their smart factory vision, becoming more energy efficient and sustainable in the long term.” 

The smart factory in Batam deploys EcoStruxure Machine - one of EcoStruxure solutions, Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform - that provides real-time tracking of the performance of its operations and better visibility of machine performance and preventive maintenance needs. Using the Manufacturing Control Tower dashboards, plant managers can make better decisions and shorten reaction times to issue to the manufacturing shop floor. The Batam plant has, thus far, seen a reduction in 17% man-hours spent on maintenance and 46% waste material. 

Denoly continued: “Empowering local competencies and nurturing talents are also key success factors in Batam factory’s digital transformation. Schneider Electric team in Batam has successfully designed, developed, tested and deployed several digital solutions across the company’s global manufacturing network. 

“Moreover Since 2017, Schneider Electric has provided vocational students and Batam Polytechnic students opportunities to participate in developing Batam’s Smart Factory applications through its Digital Internship Program.” 

In Batam, Schneider Electric employs 2,900 people across its network of plants where they manufacture a wide range of products which are distributed globally. The three sites have also been certified with international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001.

Sirichai Chongchintaraksa, VP Supply Chain Performance East Asia Japan, Global Supply Chain Schneider Electric, added: “We understand that it is not easy for organisations to take the first step towards IIoT. However, our Batam smart factory can serve as best practice and example of the benefits of digitising energy management and automation in manufacturing industry and help organisations to get started on their digitisation journey.”

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