Schneider Electric’s smart factory in Batam has become a IIoT showcase for companies in Asia, proving to customers and partners that digitising their manufacturing processes is indeed achievable. The smart factory is a proof that digital transformation can help companies make informed, data-driven decisions that bring about improved profitability, asset management performance, operational efficiency and a smarter productive workforce while keeping the operations secure, agile and environmentally sustainable.
Xavier Denoly, Country President of Schneider Electric Indonesia said: “We strongly believe in the value of smart factories and ensure our own factories are equipped with the latest IIoT technologies to spearhead the new Industry 4.0 era. Our smart factory in Batam is a test bed for machine learning, AI, predictive and digital maintenance, connected machines and processes. The integration of big data, cloud and IIoT technology will pave the way for organisations in Asia to work towards their smart factory vision, becoming more energy efficient and sustainable in the long term.”
Enhancing Manufacturing Process With EcoStruxure
The smart factory in Batam deploys EcoStruxure Machine – one of EcoStruxure solutions, Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform – that provides real-time tracking of the performance of its operations and better visibility of machine performance and preventive maintenance needs. Using the Manufacturing Control Tower dashboards, plant managers can make better decisions and shorten reaction times to issue to the manufacturing shop floor. The Batam plant has, thus far, seen a reduction in 17 percent man-hours spent on maintenance and 46 percent waste material.
“Empowering local competencies and nurturing talents are also key success factors in Batam factory’s digital transformation. Schneider Electric team in Batam has successfully designed, developed, tested and deployed several digital solutions across the company’s global manufacturing network,” added Xavier.
International Standards Of Quality
In Batam, Schneider Electric employs 2,900 people across its network of plants where they manufacture a wide range of products which are distributed globally. The three sites have also been certified with international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001.
Sirichai Chongchintaraksa, VP Supply Chain Performance East Asia Japan Pacific Schneider Electric said, “We understand that it is not easy for organisations to take the first step towards IIoT. However, our Batam smart factory can serve as best practice and example of the benefits of digitising energy management and automation in manufacturing industry and help organisations to get started on their digitisation journey.”
The Batam smart factory has been awarded with “A National Lighthouse for Indonesia” from the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia.
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