Connecting the dots for the connected factories of the future

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IIoT connects the physical and digital worlds by building intelligent databases from embedded sensor data from physical objects like machines and other equipment.

Year 2067

A typical day at a personal vehicle (PV) manufacturing unit …

Holden, who’s the production head of a large vehicle maker, reaches the production facility at 9 am. He and just two other colleagues manage the entire facility that produces about 50,000 PVs a month. After sipping some coffee, Holden gets ready for work. With a few voice commands, he gets a comprehensive report of the entire unit which includes the number of vehicles manufactured during the last week, the WIP data, vehicle-ancillary requirements for the next week, machine status and downtime, productivity, quality checks, and many other data points. The report is readily presented on a dashboard that is shared with senior management members across the world.

Further, every vehicle coming out of the unit is unique since customers pre-order their PVs with their own specific requirements. Some need land-only capability; some require lake, ocean or other water navigation; some need air and altitude features; some need bigger storage space; while a few even order gourmet food preparation and dispensation. Holden just has to feed the data directly from the customer’s request form to the shop floor main server with the touch of a delivery type screen tap. The rest of the work is performed by robots who work tirelessly (of course) to ensure that every PV meets customer expectations. Customers can track the entire process on their personal communication devices and know exactly when their vehicle is ready for delivery. Once ready, every vehicle automatically transports to the customer’s living facility.

Holden delivers 1,600 PVs today, with just the click of a 10G button.

That’s the future of manufacturing 50 years from now!

Are you ready?

Today, manufacturers all around the world are fascinated by connected technologies. They aspire to embellish their production environments with the latest advances for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). They want to build smart factories where products control their manufacturing process themselves and perform their own quality checks. Many have a grand vision for the future, but are they well-equipped for this digital transformation?

IIoT connects the physical and digital worlds by building intelligent databases from embedded sensor data from physical objects like machines and other equipment. Data parameters such as temperature, flow rate, downtime, vibrations, and productivity cannot only be recorded but today’s advanced networking technologies allow these data points to be shared with others across networks and data centers, analyzed, and used so that appropriate actions and automation can take place.

Is data use optimized?

The number and type of industry sensors is growing. There are smart meters, RFIDs, connected cars, wearables, to name just a few. However, the question remains: is all the data captured by IIoT deployed efficiently for the improvement and transformation of the existing processes in order to meet specific outcomes?

The answer is, of course, “no.” More than half of the recorded data immediately loses its value because of its time-dependent nature. The remaining data remains idle on hard drives and is never used for getting actionable insights. Today, a manufacturer has to go beyond installing sensors and digital equipment. Devices must communicate with each other and find the right resources to tap the real potential of the generated data. This connectivity will certainly help in the transformation journey by enabling improved decision-making, better inventory management, more efficient energy management, increased productivity, and an overall higher cost control.

Connect the right dots

Capgemini is working with the IIoT and with partners such as GE Digital to close the gap between inspiration and reality by making the Industrial Internet actionable for companies at every stage of the transformation journey. Building on our 25 years of partnership with GE and over two decades of experience working with manufacturers, Capgemini helps manufacturing companies transform their vision into reality. Capgemini’s partnership with GE Digital, along with our global network of Accelerated Solutions Environments (ASEs), supports manufacturers during their journey from solution design to implementation. We also offer an “Acceleration Zone,” a custom-built collaborative workspace that is established on site at a client’s location. Our Applied Innovation Exchanges (AIEs) across the globe are designed to enable enterprise innovations using concepts, context, and experimentation within their specific industry.

So, connect the right dots, connect with us.


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