Streamlining predictive maintenance, improving production levels, and reducing waste and costs are constant challenges on factory floors everywhere. Intel factory floors are no exception. One of our most impactful weapons to combat these challenges is with end-to-end data analytics.
We recently ran a proof of concept (PoC) of our intelligent gateway solutions at our CPU assembly and test manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia. The new family of intelligent gateway solutions based on Intel architecture establishes connectivity between factory floor systems—specifically, pick-and-place robotic arms—and the cloud.
Manufacturing at the Panang facility needed to securely extract data from the robotic arms as well as manufacturing databases to improve operational efficiency. Using intelligent gateway technology, we securely connected sensors mounted on the robotic arms to a backend data center, and then extracted data pertaining to acceleration, vibration, heat and more. We also collected data from the CPUs being manufactured.
After running intelligent analytics on all the extracted data, we could predict ensuing misalignment of the robotic arms before it happened. By doing so, we helped manufacturing:
- Improve prediction of when tools on the factory floor needed maintenance/service (predictive maintenance)
- Scheduled service at intervals that would have the least amount of impact to production
- Optimized factory yields by limiting downtime and scrap
Ultimately, this will result in reduced maintenance and scrap costs and higher product margins.
If you have any questions about this application of intelligent gateway solutions, then you can contact me on Twitter: @Intel_Shahram.