Smart Factory: Optimizing Outcomes by Digitizing Factory Operations

Smart Factory: Optimizing Outcomes by Digitizing Factory Operations

The 3rd Annual Internet of Manufacturing South is a very important conference for the construction and support of the industrial ecosystem.

It’s the destination for you to build on your competitive edge, engage with other manufacturing leaders and meet the solution providers disrupting the market. 

In the build up to Internet of Manufacturing South 2019 we caught up with Dimitri Yallourakis, the Global IT Executive of DXC Technology who shared with us his extensive insight on how to overcome problems with legacy machines to reap the benefits of Digital Transformation technology and modernize factory operations.

What are your views on Digital Twin technologies? How do you think they will affect manufacturers’ operations in the future? 

Digital Twin technologies can be used to model the product, process, and/or assets used in manufacturing. A Digital Twin of a critical asset can be used to reduce asset downtime, predict maintenance or other issues before they occur, optimize throughput through the asset, and maximize productivity through your plant. A Digital Twin for the process takes the Digital Twin for the asset to the next level by allowing a designer to model an entire manufacturing process to be able to simulate throughput, quality, and material flow. Manufacturing customers can then determine the baseline model for their process, and utilize “What If?” analysis to insert a variable in the process to determine its eventual impact (positive or negative). These are all benefits that can be obtained quickly. Additionally, these technologies are important to implement now to lay the groundwork to later implement additional, high value technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, etc.

What automation technologies are you currently employing? How have they benefited your business? 

As a Digital Transformation consulting and implementation firm, we have been actively deploying Internet of Things devices on the shop floor to collect production, quality, and asset data from shop floor equipment to provide the benefits described above. For modern shop floor machines, our company is providing real-time connectivity of high value, high content machine and product data to Data Analytics. For legacy equipment, we are adding sensors and communication devices to achieve the same data connectivity as modern equipment. This data is then used for real-time decision-making, metrics reporting, and analytics to improve manufacturing metrics and assist in root cause analysis / problem solving for production, quality, materials, maintenance, and safety issues.

What are the biggest challenges that your company has faced with these technologies? How have you overcome them? 

For legacy machines, there is often little or no documentation or personnel experienced with the equipment to provide machine capabilities in order to connect them appropriately. Our company has overcome this by doing extensive research, trial-and-error, creativity, vendor relationships, and other means to achieve the results. A second challenge is lack of knowledge in these fast-changing technologies and consultants who can design and implement these solutions. Our company has invested in training in a variety of technologies and leveraged our vendor relationships to stay abreast in the latest solutions. A third challenge involves identifying the business case to implement this technology in a real world manufacturing environment. Our company has performed several Proof of Value projects for customers to identify the optimal utilization for their situations. More importantly, we have leveraged this experience and knowledge to create a business case tool to determine the optimal value without the need for an actual PoV, reducing time to payback.

If you’d like to learn more then register for Internet of Manufacturing South today.

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About Internet of Manufacturing
Internet of Manufacturing South 2019 takes place on 19-20 November 2019 in Dallas, Texas, as the USA’s leading event for the Industrial Internet of Things. The end user led conference program, is split into three streams of content for business strategists and technical wizards. From tried and tested knowledge on building the business buy-in for new digital applications, real-life examples Edge, Cloud and Data Analytics, building technology to deliver your business dreams and the capabilities of data analytics, AI, AR, VR, robotics and more; Internet of Manufacturing is your one stop shop to drive your organization forward. This is the destination for you to build on your competitive edge, engage with other manufacturing leaders and meet the solution providers disrupting the market. 

About Dimitri Yallourakis 
Dimitri Yallourakis is a Practice Partner for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Consulting at DXC Technology. As a global IT executive, he leverages the power of technology to accelerate business growth and drive profitability. With an in-depth background encompassing quality, continuous improvement, supply chain, project management, and change management, he is passionate about developing the IT strategies and business solutions that deliver short-term and long-term results while improving efficiency, productivity and revenues. A global team leader accustomed to managing change, Dimitri leads top talent teams worldwide in creating the innovative solutions that resolve complex situations.

About DXC Technology
DXC Technology is a global IT services company that leads digital transformations for clients by managing and modernizing mission-critical systems, integrating them with new digital solutions to produce better business outcomes. DXC helps manufacturing clients rapidly exploit the digital era. Using smart factory and Industry 4.0 approaches and technologies we offer our clients the ability to manufacture their products faster, improve efficiencies and transform to sustainable supply chains.