Smart Digital Transformation Yields Five Powerful Outcomes
Automotive manufacturers are among the biggest believers and investors in digital transformation. And yet, the industry still lags in many areas of innovation. Fortunately, GE Digital offers the latest technologies with a modern mobile first UI for automotive solution configuration with its Proficy for Automotive Solution.
With the disruption of supply chains due to the pandemic and the trend toward de-carbonization, many changes are occurring simultaneously in the automotive landscape. The need to move from IC propulsion to EV along with the combination of same site for automotive assembly and powertrain has created the need to hasten automotive OEMs ability to design and build new manufacturing systems.
EV tiers need to react quickly to capitalize on new opportunities but also need to adhere to compliance requirements while coming up to scale with on-target yields.
Digital transformation of auto manufacturing will create this new paradigm through increased productivity, unparalleled agility, and enhanced support team experience. Here are a few ways digital trends will play out for OEMs and suppliers.
Deliver New Vehicles Faster
GE Digital automotive solutions offer OEMs and Tiers the ability to add agility and standardization to manufacturing system designs. Included in the Proficy for Automotive solution is the ability to model their lines using reusable classes and objects. These classes and objects support traditional controller connections as well as other needed IT/OT connection types such as MQTT, SQL, File and others. The GE Digital Solution combines many features important for OEMs such as Active Update SCADAs, material routing systems, an Enterprise Data Model, Centralized configuration, deployment and monitoring. These features allow OEMs and Tiers the ability to quickly deploy manufacturing systems that deliver optimum performance and analytics.
Proficy for Automotive allows you to add Agility and standardization to your manufacturing system designs and handle any new product delivery requirement. These systems are built on an Enterprise Data Model that provides one version of the truth for the entire plant or organization.
Dig into Data
Seamless Upgrade-to-Deployment Experience
Proficy for Automotive also includes an Active Update function for its Cimplicity SCADAs that will allow the developer the ability to update existing systems seamlessly with no downtime. This feature allows SCADAs and coming soon, Tracker RCO material routing Active Updates as well. These features allow you to deliver systems that provide for minimal downtime for new systems and upgrades making them future proof.
Also available soon is containerization for web applications. So, most UI’s, MES, SCADA Configuration, Historian and other applications will become containerized for both on-premises and cloud-based deployments. These features enhance manufacturing agility to create a rapid deployment experience.
Having reliable software systems to control our output is very important. We made our first implementation of this technology in China. Then we brought the technology to Sweden, used the learnings from implementing MES in our China plant and challenged ourselves to improve how we work, prioritize and bring the solutions to production. This has really been successful and the team from GE Digital have been with us at every step of this journey we took one step together, saw the results, then took another step. It is an interesting journey and it is far from finished!
Monica Gustafson / Volvo Engines
Standardize & Streamline Apps and Content
Reduce the number of custom application platforms you support and unify delivery of custom applications with the Operations Hub module of Proficy for Automotive. This low code/no code web-based UI platform can standardize and streamline your manufacturing application content and improve your operator’s experience. Whether you build your application in Operations Hub or simply host your custom content using the web socket SDK to handle live data, Operations Hub provides a standard UI platform for your manufacturing operation. Operations Hub will unify your operator’s experience and provide a common security mechanism to ensure your cyber security.
Proficy for Automotive also includes a comprehensive MES solution that allows you to manage efficiency, quality, product management and production. These built in applications save you time and money as they are configured applications, not custom developed so they don’t need a separate team to maintain custom code.
Modernize infrastructure with Cloud & Mobility
Complete your manufacturing continuity plans with a cloud-first strategy by moving your manufacturing system designs to the cloud for safe keeping along with your manufacturing information. Proficy for Automotive offers you the choice to work on-premises or in the cloud. Proficy for Automotive is used to put centralized manufacturing systems designs in the cloud along with manufacturing data and analytics. Non-time sensitive SCADAs and user UI’s may also find their way to the cloud. The choice is yours. Either way Proficy for Automotive offers you the choice to modernize your systems on-premises and in the cloud with mobile first UI’s.
Design and Prototyping
Optimize your Operations with Analytics
With the standardization that comes from moving all manufacturing system designs in standards-based objects and classes you now have a set of uniform digital twins for each of your individual manufacturing equipment class types and systems. This uniformity with its standardized approach to IT/OT allows for consistency and accuracy in analytic correlations and capability analytics not possible before.
Begin with experiments at individual plants or at your manufacturing Center of Excellence using the C-Sense analytics module within Proficy for Automotive. Once corollaries are known you can institutionalize and deploy the solution across the enterprise.
Drive billions in operational profit
Ultimately, smart automotive manufacturers have the potential to increase productivity by 30% from 2023 annually, according to Capgemini research. That will result in an additional $160 billion in productivity gains industry wide, which translates to $5 billion for each of the top 10 automakers. But automotive manufacturers can only realize these gains if they take the right steps in a digital transformation journey and modernize their industrial software capabilities.
Are you ready to accelerate your digital transformation journey?