IoT in discrete manufacturing
Enter Industry 4.0—the modernization of industrial systems—with confidence. Increase operational efficiency while creating new revenue streams that keep pace with customer needs with industrial IoT from Azure.
Accelerate your path to Industry 4.0 with Azure IoT
Discover new levels of business insights and explore smart production with Azure IoT solutions for discrete manufacturing. Find solutions that support brownfield connectivity, prevent vendor lock-in, and enable interoperability for industrial environments. Get best-in-class support for the duration of your factory’s lifespan and IoT solutions based on open standards.
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Maximize operational excellence and reduce costs, while creating new revenue streams that keep you ahead of the competition. Learn more about some common uses for Azure IoT in discrete manufacturing.
Monitor key parameters of equipment to discover anomalies before they become critical issues and use this data to develop predictive maintenance programs. Connect your systems and products with sensors that gather data and relay this information to the cloud at regular intervals. Avoid premature and expensive equipment maintenance costs, extend the lifespan of your machinery, and avert critical downtime with Azure IoT solution accelerator for remote monitoring.
Improve customer engagement and operations by creating and selling products with smart components that collect product and usage data. Transform your business and generate new revenue streams by moving from a model that focuses on a product sales, to one that bundles outcomes and services to the performance of connected products. Find connected products solutions with Azure IoT Central and Azure Sphere.
Optimize energy consumption, space utilization, and workforce productivity within your factory. Create safe conditions for your employees and save money by efficiently managing key environmental controls like heating and lighting. Simulate process outputs using a digital twin of your factory floor to optimize production output and efficiency with Azure Digital Twins.
Overall equipment efficiency
Generate critical insights of how well your plant is performing relative to its designed capacity by connecting discrete processes to sensors that enable data collection, so you can analyze this performance data and adjust your production lines. Optimize unit performance for your operations with Azure IoT solution accelerator for connected factory.
Intelligent supply chain
Create smart systems to manage complex supply chains that expand beyond the walls of your factory. Get a fully integrated view that includes business planning, demand forecasting, and track-and-trace monitoring to minimize losses. Build a smarter supply chain with Azure IoT solution accelerator for connected factory, Azure Sphere, Azure Blockchain, and Azure Maps.
Avoid expensive equipment loss, minimize operational downtime, and enhance the productivity of your first-line workers. Tag your assets, equipment, and tools that are used throughout multiple locations with Azure IoT solution accelerator for remote monitoring.
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IoT in discrete manufacturing
No industry has seen the benefits of IoT more than manufacturing, where the intersection of equipment monitoring and remote command come together with big data and advanced analytics. Enable breakthrough applications that lower costs, improve product and equipment performance, and detect quality and customer satisfaction issues sooner.
Azure IoT solution accelerator demo: Connected Factory
Learn how the Azure IoT solution accelerator for Connected Factory is used to connect existing factory equipment and machinery from multiple production lines and locations. See how brownfield connectors and the OPC UA framework is used to standardize data and communication to the cloud.
Production Line View
The global summary dashboard provides operators with an overall picture of their manufacturing business.
At a glance, operators can see the status of their facilities, including performance, efficiency and output.
Critical alerts, outages or operational and efficiency anomalies are all escalated for fast resolution.
There is a critical alert at a facility in Germany, let’s take a closer look…
Factory Level KPI’s
At an individual factory level, KPI’s and alerts are summarized for this particular location.
Each production line can be individually represented, monitored and analyzed. Efficiency and production output is also summarized in near real-time to pinpoint a problem.
We can see the critical alert for this facility is regarding Production Line 6, making car parts. Let’s dig in deeper…
Production Line View
At this level the specific production line is summarized, providing production data, machine run times and actual device data metrics.
Specific Machine Analysis
The specific part can now be identified as having a fault or anomaly. We can see the robotic arm on this line is where the problem is.
There are several warnings and escalations for this site but only one that is critical. The alert for this device is to do with temperature. Let’s click through and see what might be the issue with this arm.
At the machine level, raw device data, performance and even predictive analytics can be displayed.
Deep Dive Analytics
Here the actual device metrics and values can be displayed in near real time. The device specific KPI’s, run times and remaining scheduled requirements are also displayed.
Contextual Decision Making
We can see that the device should be available for us for quite some time but the dashboard predicts we will have an unscheduled failure much sooner.
Here the operator can select the critical alert to take action.
Address the Issue
The alert panel provides near real time data, as well as historical information. The data visualization clearly shows the breached threshold and the need for action before the part fails, potentially halting production.
A technician can be called to the site through Dynamics365 and Field Service integration. The maintenance can be scheduled at a convenient time, between shifts, to minimize impact on production schedules.
Discrete manufacturers are transforming operations with Azure IoT
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“Through our partnership with Microsoft, we have developed a predictive analytics manufacturing solution… Our customers will be able to make quicker decisions to become more profitable.”
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“In Azure, we have a rich menu of services that we can use to make our workforce management solution smarter, so field technicians are more productive.”
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“When I look at being able to do what we need to do at the speed our customers expect, it’s difficult to achieve that level of scalability and flexibility with anything but Azure.”
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