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SOFTWARE UPDATE NEWS ABOUT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING TOOLS AND SOFTWARE Making Your Factory Smarter Pays Fast Dividends s


Manufacturing Engineering: How critical is monitoring the factory fl oor for today’s manufacturers? Mohamed Abuali: Manufacturers today are under signifi -


cant pressures to increase quality part production and reduce costs to become more competitive. Without real-time action- able intelligence from the factory fl oor, factories are running in the dark. Smart factory is all about ‘connectivity’ to the shop fl oor [machines and assets] and to IT systems on the top fl oor [ERP work orders and operation for part data]. Connectiv- ity leads to visibility and transparency on the shop fl oor, and allows the shop fl oor Continuous Improvement Process [CIP] organization to use objectively measured ‘smart’ data to drive improvements on the shop fl oor. A smart factory is a proactive and predictive factory, and not a reactive factory. ME: How can shop-fl oor data management leverage Big Data to make the Digital Factory a reality today? Abuali: Shop-fl oor management combines advanced tech- nology with the lean manufacturing philosophy to deliver ‘smart’ data—sustainable, measurable, attainable, realistic, and tangible results in shop-fl oor productivity. There are global movements such as Industry 4.0/Manufacturing 4.0/Industrial Internet of


Things [IIoT], as well as corporate initiatives such as GE Brilliant Factory and others, that are continuously on the hunt for new technologies to drive Big Data on the shop fl oor. At Forcam, we don’t believe in Big Data, we believe in Smart Data that drives actionable intelligence to every role within the CIP organization, plant management, operations directors, VPs, operators, ma- chine supervisors. We believe in ‘less is more,’ to assist every role within the organization with the right actionable data to help them drive productivity gains in no time.


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ME: Why aren’t more shops using monitoring? Abuali: Manufacturers are looking for low-cost, rapidly deployable, and fast-ROI solutions to capture real-time data and for the right training to use the data to prove signifi cant productivity gains. Factory managers are reluctant to invest in upgrading their IT infrastructure, retrofi tting legacy machin- ery, and spending countless hours with technology vendors performing long and costly specifi cations to deploy shop fl oor systems. At Forcam, we listened aggressively to the market and we introduced an innovative concept, called the Smart Factory Starter Kit, that exactly meets the needs of the client. The client is asked to select any three machines on the shop fl oor of any type and any age and real-time data can be at their fi ngertips within days if not hours, via the cloud, and on their smart- phones. The Forcam Academy then trains the Starter-Kit users to make meaning of the data and to achieve at least a 5-10% gains in productivity within a three-month pilot, with 100% ROI of the starter kit investment. Our unique value promise to our customers realized: we deliver you results in productivity. ME: How can your company’s software and manufactur- ing expertise help improve shops’ productivity?


“Shop-fl oor management combines advanced technology with the lean manufacturing philosophy to deliver ‘smart’ data—sustainable, measurable, attainable, realistic, and tangible results in shop-fl oor productivity.”


Abuali: Forcam spun off from SAP in the early 2000s as our


founder, Franz Gruber, realized a big gap and critical discon- nect between what happens in ERP systems on the IT top fl oor and what the machines and assets are performing on the shop fl oor. For that reason, Forcam grew our technology signifi cantly to meet the needs of discrete manufacturers, both enterprise and SMB clients alike, in automotive, aerospace and defense, medical devices, and many other sectors. Clients in automotive like Audi utilized Forcam’s technology to improve productivity by


Mohamed Abuali CEO


Forcam Inc. (Cincinnati) www.forcam.com


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