Everything can be solved with Data. At least that’s what we’ve read for years in glossy advertisements and seen in beautifully edited online videos. With sensors and IoT you can monitor all your machines flawlessly and with AI you can predict everything.
The future is bright, the possibilities are endless.
But how should one actually get all of this going? How should one go about it in order to really apply these beautiful promises in their own company? How can I really continuously predict whether a machine will stop? How can I monitor in practice whether my installation is achieving its intended return? How can I link this with the continuous monitoring of my energy consumption?
The examples you are confronted with often turn out to be the result of a long and complicated process or are limited to an individual realization, mainly financed with marketing budgets. In other cases, it turns out that from the results listed, only 2 were actually achieved, and the other 6 turned out to be "future possibilities". Frustrating. Consultancy with a bit of software sauce. This does not sound very reassuring ... But fortunately, it can be different.
We start with a short analogy:
In order for your employees to enjoy a tasty sandwich in the afternoon, you no longer have to sow lettuce, make cheese, make up recipes and fill sandwiches yourself. Within many companies, all colleagues pass on their sandwich selection from the menu during the morning shift and at 11:45 AM the van from the local deli comes along with the delivery for the hungry: just enough, and for everyone to their individual taste. In the world of "Smart Manufacturing" today analogous steps are followed such as these for obtaining a tasty sandwich at noon.
Just follow the following line reasoning:
- Generating data = growing the lettuce and herding the cows
- Collecting, checking and structuring the data = harvesting, cutting and packaging the tomatoes; making the cheese...
- Analysing the data and converting it into insights and predictions = creating tasty recipes based on the available ingredients
- Show the predictions and insights to the various stakeholders in the workplace = make the sandwiches and deliver them at the right time, to the right person