Constructing better insights
Prior to the digital initiative, there was a lack of data visibility at the Dobris plant. Many data silos weren’t integrated. Operational data was manually collected and put into to excel files. And a lack of dashboards made it hard for plant employees to make data-driven actions.
This led to challenges like low OEE in the fabrication area, which impacted production capacity.
“When we started this, everything was paper-based, and all the data was in silos,” said Hiram Sosa, senior automation manager, Doosan Bobcat. “So, there was a lot of data availability on hand. One of our missions was to focus on what we call TDK – transfer data into knowledge.”
To improve its operations, Sosa and his team wanted to connect plant equipment and devices to eliminate data silos. They also wanted to deploy an Industrial IoT platform to collect and visualize data. This would help plant employees make better decisions, and help reduce the non-value-added time they spent gathering and managing data.
A people-powered IIoT deployment
A core leadership team with representatives from functions like production, quality, digital automation and supply chain led the implementation. A new digital council was also established to oversee this and all other digital projects, and to provide governance and standardization.
For its Industrial IoT platform, the team chose the FactoryTalk® InnovationSuite, powered by PTC. The solution connects to different plant technologies, and collects, contextualizes and orchestrates data.
Implementation wasn’t just a matter of installing the technology and handing it over to plant employees. Instead, the team wanted to make employees a key part of the process.
“One of the things that we did at the beginning was to put together what we call a techno-day,” Sosa said.
As part of this event, employees at all levels were able to see the dashboards and self-serve reporting system, and test new technologies like augmented reality. They were able not only to become familiar with the new technologies, but also ask questions and offer up new ideas to help guide the roadmap for future technology deployments.
When it came time to deploy the platform, the team targeted opportunities to optimize production capacity and quality.