Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021 !

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021 !

Give a big cheer to the New Year. Can’t wait to ring in 2021.

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” ―Josiyah Martin

The Excitement level is in full swing as we started the new year with a bang. Now, It’s time to close out 2020 with positive note. 2020 may not be our favourite year as it has been a little bit stressful one due to Covid 19 pandemic, yet the lessons it taught us will always be precious. It literally passed us in our lane and caused reflection on how to invest time & attention. Let’s focus on ending 2020 with much strong and welcome 2021 with happiness and joy. We at Bevywise have made a crucial initial step in developing Industry 4.0 manufacturing solutions in 2020. A little throwback to 2020, how & why we stepped in as Industry 4.0 solutions provider.

Bye Bye 2020

For most of us, 2020 will be one of the most unforgettable years on record due to the rise and impact of Covid 19. It has dramatically changed the way we live. Working from home, keeping ourselves away from public places and events, lack of necessities and travel restrictions are just a few of the personal disruptions that take place. People have agonized a lot this year, that many of them face financial drawbacks and can’t get back & find out solution. The coronavirus pandemic has brought earth-shattering change to almost every segment of life — how we live, where we live, where we work, what we do for work, what family means, what is important. Moreover, on the business side, the entire way people do business has transformed completely. The world was completely on halt for a months-long time. However, the good thing is, even after getting disrupted severely by the pandemic, we come out us true warriors. Thank you supreme being for a great team which makes the Bevywise move forward with great determination. A plenty of esteem for our customers who have trusted us and our partners who believed us .

A heartfelt thanks to our family and friends for their great support towards us during these stressful months.

Let us provide a good send-off for 2020.

Stepping into the Industry 4.0

Though there were small drawbacks in every business field during the pandemic, we started working from home with the strong belief in us. It worked out, and we have done a good launches & product updates in 2020.

One of the major areas where we have made our footprints in 2020 is Industry 4.0. The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) flows over all deliberations like a huge wave related to manufacturing production of the future. For years, manufacturing industries have been facing challenges regarding improving efficient productivity and manufacturing operations. With huge competition in the market, they are facing the challenge of gaining substantial operating profits. Therefore manufacturing industries must completely overhaul & renovate their cost bases and their production strategies. That’s why, we are slowly stepping into the areas of manufacturing industry with our industry 4.0 solutions. We decided to move on as a Industry 4.0 solutions vendor since the start of the year. We have set our target to provide completely flexible solutions to help manufacturers in their production goals with the high level capability of collecting & transmitting data across the manufacturing processes. We already have OEE software / production monitoring system (Pace DPR) as one of our Industry 4.0 solutions to  provide manufacturers a complete visibility and analytics into production. The first implementation of Pace DPR has been done successfully in the manufacturing unit of one of our customers at Bengaluru. So far, Pace DPR is proving its capability in a positive note. We are still working more on improving the functionalities of Pace DPR.

And also, we are working on MES (Manufacturing Execution System) to provide a complete production management solution. The development process is going on in a rapid phase and we are expecting to release it soon. We keep on sending proposals and providing live demos of our solutions for the manufacturing industries. Not only, Pace DPR & MES, we also have Energy management solution, Machine predictive maintenance solution which are built using one of our IoT frameworks.

Looking forward for a better 2021

Covid 19 disruption creates market boom for IoT and connected technology and it is still expected to grow high. The major factors driving the growth include, remote monitoring & growing adoption of smart technologies. Manufacturing industry is mostly believed to be impacted by IIoT technology. This is because, the impact created by covid 19 pandemic made them to speedily adopt latest technologies to get back on the track. They are extensively relying on remote-based monitoring & management in their business operations, enhancing the demand for Industry 4.0 solutions.

Without any doubt, 2021 will be a biggest opening for Digital transformation technology/IoT driven businesses. It is practically impossible for manufacturing industries to bypass the Industry 4.0 solutions. We are wholly delighted to connect with more prospects / businesses in the upcoming journey of 2021.

Despite the challenges of 2020, there are some purposes to be hopeful & cheerful in approaching the new year. With that in mind, we are stepping into the new year with passion and positivity that will drive us through 2021.

Let us ring in 2021 with the warmest of aspirations.

Here’s wishing you all the joy of the season. Happy New Year!

 

7 Essential Software Tools for Manufacturing

7 Essential Software Tools for Manufacturing

Everything is done manually before the arrival of software tools. The perspective about doing it manually, may differ from one person to another person. However, the manual process will be extremely time-consuming and it usually entails more employees being involved in the process. Manual process costs will therefore suddenly get out of control. Even though companies have wealthy budget to pay the work force, the erroneous data and the decisions that arise out of the manual efforts can cause serious problems. Tracking and overall visibility will be flawed and there will be a lot of security issues. It will be harder to make changes in the process. The one stop solution to resolve all these challenges can be the utilization of software for manufacturing that provides more end to end solutions. Software tools will provide more intellectual solutions.

Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a software solution that helps organisations to manage their business processes. The goal of ERP software is to increase efficiency, streamline process, present a culture of collaboration in an organisation with minimized costs, increase productivity and operational flexibility. It provides complete visibility into core business process and optimizes systems by its superior resource tracking and reporting, database management and data sharing functionalities. It helps your business to realize its true growth potential. In spite of the improvements ERP has brought in with their automation on the business process, the amount of manual entries from different functional units inside the manufacturing has not come down.

Equipment Efficiency Tracker

Manufacturing companies make a large investment in machinery and they need to achieve the maximum returns on their investment in a short span of time. So they need a high utilization and performance of their machines. Manufacturing can achieve this via digital transformation with the help of OEE Software OEE (Overall Equipment effectiveness) is nothing but the overall measurement of production efficiency. Manual overall equipment efficiency reliability will not be fair at all time. Measuring OEE with the complete software for manufacturing providing a real-time status will help you reduce production loss, achieve greater competitiveness and Improve machine utilization.

With the advent of the Industry4.0 and using the technologies like Modbus, MTConnect, and custom data acquisition techniques, the need for monitoring the machines in real time is becoming mandatory. Industry 4.0 Solutions like Pace DPR is a one such complete production monitoring system that can help measure and improve OEE to the world standards.

Traceability Tools

Stock management tools allow industrial organizations to monitor and purchase the supplies needed according to customer demands. It instantly monitors the availability of the projects in stock in real-time. This software can be integrated with business account and operational departments for efficient and productive transactions. It totally avoids bottleneck problems.

WIP is one of the major hidden cost centre for any manufacturing. An optimal WIP is very important for keeping the operational cost low and at the same time execute the manufacturing to the maximum output.  It is very important to automate the WIP Tracking using the integration with the other software.

Production Planning & Control Software

An efficient planning of manufacturing process is the key to fulfil promises and expectations of your customers. We know that, time is the most precious resource, because we can’t get it back. If there is a delay in production, you can’t satisfy your customer’s expectations. Hence, for an efficient management of time, production should be properly planned & scheduled. Without effective planning & scheduling, production management at every level will be challenging with a risk of failing to track the workflow. Hence a production planning & control software for manufacturing is needed for task tracking, chart preparation and assigning resources.

Equipment Inventory & maintenance Planner

Equipment Maintenance is an important factor in the long term success of a company. Worst Maintenance resources can cause instability and have the chance of being a barrier for production. Malfunctioning machines (or) complete breakdown will cost high for manufacturing Industry. MTTR (Mean time to repair ) and MTBF ( Mean time between failures ) are the two most powerful performance metric for efficient equipment maintenance. MTBF is a basic measure of the reliability of a system, while MTTR indicates efficiency on corrective action of a process. To monitor both you need a right software to track them & schedule maintenance. Once a weekly or monthly schedule was set for maintenance, it will be automatically maintained based on the set. Remainders will remind us of the forgotten moment also. Even maintenance cost and history can also be seen in software.

CRM

Customer relationship management is maintaining and creating relationships with customers. It is not only about business, it is also about creating a strong personal bonding with people. This will definitely lead to new value creations. It contains every bit of details about customers. If the customer is satisfied they will remain in business forever resulting in an increase in customers.

Advanced AI Tools

Correlation of data generated from different functional units in manufacturing is very much isolated today.  Decisions today are made based on isolated data. Every manufacturing company has a need to build its own algorithm to correlate the data for a unified and effective decision. These tools need to be built involving the key stake holders of the organization who have a complete understanding of the process as well as the vision of the company.

To know more….Talk to our experts to discuss about your requirements at your shop floor to improve your manufacturing productivity.

7 Key Benefits behind Digital transformation

7 Key Benefits behind Digital transformation

“Produce More with Less Resources”, is the key of all the Industrial revolutions over the centuries. The current revolution is expected to provide a leap forward in terms of efficiency.  Live tracking of performance, WIP,  Production Control with the reduction of paper and removal of duplicate manual efforts are key to success in this era. Digitizing and transforming the shop floor is going to be the effort involved to achieve the above. Let us explore in detail about functional areas that will be improved on implementation the digital transformation. Here is the top seven benefits of digital transformation.

Improved Efficiency

Manufacturing companies make large investments in machinery and they need to achieve the maximum returns on their investment in a short span of time. Improved efficiency is one of the key benefits of digital transformation. So manufacturing industries can expect a high level utilization and performance with the help of digital transformation. It reduces production losses, achieves greater competitiveness and improves machine utilization.

The reliability of manually estimated overall equipment efficiency will not be fair at all time. Hence they need a production monitoring solution that estimates the essential KPIs with the real-time status. Pace DPR is a complete & powerful OEE software, which provides a real-time insights into production, improving performance & operational efficiency.

Optimal Work Load

Optimal Work Load is one of the most considerable metrics. Especially resource allocation, scheduling and assigning tasks depends upon Optimal work Load. Consider an example, In the early period of business, filling documents manually can be quick & quite easy. However, when the business scales up, manual data collection will become very cumbersome. It is important to you need to file, find and store documents in a quick & effective way. When you decide to assign an employee, it is very time-consuming and its access time will be too long. However, when you deploy digital transformation, all data can be effectively stored and retrieved in minutes. Even it is a smart way to display a report. Finally, Digitalization will be the best solution & right way for optimal work load.

Flawless Data Collection & Storage

Manufacturing industries need to implement several process improvements in order to guarantee high quality products and reduce costs. Industries are realizing the essentials of flawless data collection to improve operational efficiency.The process of data, in fact, provides customers with highly effective tools in evaluation options and traceability. Data Storage is useful because the past data analysis helps to make decisions in a difficult situation. In a simple term, digital transformation converts raw data into meaningful insights. It helps to make the right decisions at the right time.

Track Materials Easily

The journey of raw material to production goods is an important process in the manufacturing unit and tracking it seems to be a difficult one. This is because the end to end flow will decide the profit of the entire industry. Monitoring & measuring the raw material usage, bad quality outcomes, the progress of final products to enter the sales market are the most responsible & complex processes in the field of manufacturing as errors may rise at any phase. Tracking & measuring such process manually will not be accurate. However, Digital transformation provides a smart way tracking of end to end system without any paper work enabling easier tracking of materials.

Production Co-ordination

One of the biggest drawbacks in traditional manufacturing is the lack of proper communication medium. This reflects on the outcome of product and the quality of work. However, production coordinator needs to ensure that the production department meets its quality standards & their production target. Without proper & effective communication between departments, it is impossible for them to coordinate their team & get effective results. Hence, in recent times, the emerging technology of using mobile & software applications will simplify communication and enhance collaborative work. This will also ensure the flexibility of knowledge sharing for industrial growth.

Increased Profits

The overall global economy depends on the manufacturing industry. Moreover, the profit of manufacturing industry is a huge key in the financial market. But the overall profit will get disrupt  with some factors like low machine utilization, downtime, worst OEE, manual tracking & manual performance management.

However, the above challenges can be simply solved by digital transformation. It provides an overall picture of the company from financial to inventory. It will help to create a more stable, predictable production environment. Tracking Overall equipment efficiency over time is the foundation for improving production line performance and process quality at the same time.

Resolve a hidden factory

The first step of productivity is to discover a hidden factory. The concept of the hidden factory was primarily focused on quality, especially the waste and costs caused by bad work. Some of the hidden factors are mentioned below:

  • Schedule Loss
  • Availability Loss
  • Performance Loss
  • Quality Loss

All these factors can be rectified with the help of Pace DPR OEE tools.

Flexibility

Digital transformation enables a remotely control of an entire manufacturing processes. So many industries already started using digital transformation technologies for proper stock management, human resources management, scheduling & utilization. Still, there are so many areas that every manufacturer should concentrate on. Manufacturers should highly adopt digital transformation as it enables the use of more flexible technology to transform the entire factory.

Hope the above listed benefits of digital transformation provides you the better understanding on why to implement it.

Do you have any requirements?? We will provide you a customized solution specific to your needs.

Six ways you can Improve Productivity in Manufacturing

Six ways you can Improve Productivity in Manufacturing

Productivity is an ultimate goal of the manufacturing industry. Especially, high production on a short span of time without any bad quality is a big dream of an Industry. However, to achieve this, the manufacturing industry should think of some key factors like people, process, digital maturity, and good management. Productivity Loss is an addressable hotspot of success. The key issue which every industry faces is the productivity loss which results due to variation of estimation time to execution time, bad quality products, worst raw material, improper Visibility, no schedule, no measurement metrics, unoptimized process, & cost inefficient.

By using the 6 ways mentioned below, you can definitely improve productivity. Let us have a deeper look in it.

Analyse and Understand Availability Loss

The first & foremost is the analysing and understanding about failure which will almost help you choose the successful way. Similarly improving productivity where productivity loss actually occurs is a major point. Losses are activities that absorb resources without creating bringing any value to the organization. The difference between Planned Production Time to runtime is called availability Loss. Mostly Equipment failure & Setup Adjustments are key factors that comes under an Availability Loss. A simple solution is the measurement of OEE which helps to rectify the problem.

Isolate Slow Performing Machines

The Slow and worst performance of the machines will have a heavy impact on productivity loss. It is necessary to analyse and measure every machine in a production line with the performance metrics. Now, compare its performance with various machines & detect slow performing machines. Then isolate such slow performing machines and so it won’t affect the workflow of the production line. Finally, diagnose & find out the reason behind the slow performance of machines and rectify it.

Start Micro Planning

Pre-planning the goal of production is an important one. Micro planning determines the detailed implementation of the identified process. On the whole production process should be segmented as a small process with proper planning. This method has a high level chance of improving productivity.

Monitor WIP (Work in progress)

WIP (Work in Progress) is a concept used to describe the flow of manufacturing costs from one area of production to the next, once the raw material arrives. Monitoring of WIP will effectively improve productivity. This is because, it is easy to rectify if there is a delay in progress.

Up skill your workforce

Collecting brains makes an effective solution that every team members like production unit members, quality members, maintenance members, superior, financial team members, selective members from various shifts, technology team and management will be gathered to conduct an effective meeting about productivity loss, Market status, financial Management, Digital Transformation and futuristic Plans. The outcome of the meeting will definitely decide Industrial growth.

Optimize the Process

Once you have retrospect, workflow and output of meeting will start identifying areas where technology and process need some update or change. Now optimize the process and redefine fine-tune architecture with the latest technologies and follow the optimized process definitively to improve productivity.

To know more….Talk to our experts to discuss about your requirements at your shop floor to improve your manufacturing productivity.

IoT Platform Comparison – Bevywise vs IBM vs AWS vs Azure

IoT Platform Comparison – Bevywise vs IBM vs AWS vs Azure

The need for IoT (Internet of Things) in the market is progressing at a speedy rate. The main objective behind this rapid growth is an immense claim for IoT platforms, IoT devices and other components. However, if you start building your own IoT framework, you will end up wasting more money & time. Hence, you need a complete IoT platform which brings down your development risk, speeds up your product’s time-to-market and reduces cost. There are a massive quantity of IoT platforms available in the market. Prior to beginning with an IoT project, you ought to sort a list of choices for picking an IoT platform that suits your criteria. To help you with this selection, we have drafted this IoT Platform comparison article with some of the most popular IoT platforms like Bevywise IoT Platform, IBM Watson, AWS IoT Platform, Microsoft Azure IoT Platform and the essentials of using them in your project.

Choosing an Enterprise-ready IoT Platform

Building an IoT framework / infrastructure is a huge task which requires high mastery across various domains. It can cost an arm & a leg. Hence, an enterprise ready platform constituting of protocols, tools & SDKs supporting a wide range of IoT solutions should be used to build IoT applications easily. This will remove the risks associated with adoption, reduce costs, accelerate time-to-market, and maintain quality standards.

This article compares enterprise-ready IoT platforms such as Bevywise IoT Platform, IBM Watson, AWS IoT Platform, & Microsoft Azure IoT Platform with respect to their basic & unique functionalities.

Device management

The first & foremost thing every application developer expects from the IoT Platform is the device management functionality. Device management is one of the most important features of the IoT platform. Application developers bank on the IoT platform to manage a list of devices connected to it and trace their performance status. It should be able to pick up device configuration and lay out device-level error reporting and error handling. Finally, in the end, end users should be able to obtain individual device level status. In that case all IoT platforms such as Bevywise IoT Platform, IBM Watson, AWS IoT Platform, Microsoft Azure IoT Platform provides justice for end users in terms of device management functionality by enabling them to manage IoT devices at scale.

Integration with other Applications

Integration with other necessary applications is another important aspect likely to have from an IoT platform. Most IoT platforms support API integration that provides access to the necessary functions and data that needs to be displayed from the IoT platform. Generally REST APIs will be used to perform this. Platforms such as AWS IoT Platform & Microsoft Azure IoT Platform supports REST API, IBM Watson supports both REST & Real-time APIs. Bevywise IoT Platform exclusively supports Data push over websocket to push the rule or alert message as notification & FCM to push data as  notification to android / ios app along with the REST APIs.

IoT Platform Security

The security actions required to work on with an IoTplatform are much higher as huge number of devices are connected to it. There will be a high risk of security issues & vulnerabilities when the devices are connected to the internet. Generally, the connection between the IoT devices and the IoT platform and the data transfer needs to be encrypted with a strong encryption mechanism to prevent security threats. But, we can’t expect devices involved in the IoT framework to support advanced access control functionalities. Hence, the IoT platform itself should provide some built-in security options to make secured device connection & data communication.

And when it comes to security, all IoT platforms support TLS & authentication features. But in addition to it, Bevywise IoT platform supports inbuilt device identity & authorization, TLS/SSL authentication, Device level authentication and custom authentication to provide customized security functionalities that suit specific needs of users. In addition to this, Bevywise IoT platform supports integration of the IOT Device IAM for the enterprise to leverage and have more control on their devices instantly.

Data Collection Protocols  

The protocols used for data communication & device connectivity need more attention as it is another important feature. This is because the IoT platform needs to be scaled to millions and it requires a lightweight communication protocol to enable low energy use & low network bandwidth functionality.

 Most of the platforms use MQTT as their communication protocol as it is an extremely lightweight messaging transport with minimal network bandwidth. Similarly, IBM Watson, AWS IoT platform supports both MQTT & HTTPS, Bevywise supports MQTT & websockets, and Microsoft Azure supports MQTT, Websockets,  HTTPs, AMQP.

 The above mentioned functionalities are the basic things which every IoT platform should be able to provide.

The IoT Platform Comparison table below provides the more detailed comparison of each & every features of Bevywise IoT Platform, IBM Watson, AWS IoT Platform & Microsoft Azure Platform.

IoT Platform comparison

 

FeaturesBevywise IoT PlatformIBM WatsonAWS IoT PlatformMicrosoft Azure IoT Platform
Protocol (for Device Connectivity)MQTT, WebsocketsMQTT, HTTPsMQTT, HTTPMQTT, Websockets,  HTTPs, AMQP
Integration (for Application building ) REST API, Data Push over Websocket, FCM – Mobile PushREST API, Real-Time APIREST APIREST API
Visualize Data Yes. Dynamic Graph, Comparison graph and Historical graphYes (Need an additional Service)Yes (Need an additional Service)Yes (Need an additional Service)
Device SecurityTLS/SSL
Authentication, IAM integration, Custom Authentication
TLS, Authentication LDAPTLS, AuthenticationTLS, Authentication
Multi TenancyYes. Separate console for each userCreate individual accounts. Single account is for single user implementation.Create individual accounts. Single account is for single user implementation.Create individual accounts. Single account is for single user implementation.
Admin ConsoleYesNoNoNo
Mobile SDKAndroid and IOS SDKAndroid SDKAndroid SDKAndroid SDK
Voice IntegrationAmazon Alexa and Google assistance NoOnly for Alexa, but configure through a separate toolNo
Extend & CustomizeYes. Write code for a common implementation across all your usersYes, You must use the UI to do it No. Have to use the UI to do it No. Have to use the UI to do it
RebrandYesNoNoNo
Data OwnershipYou own the data and you can host it yourselfNoNoNo
Host behind firewallYesNoNoNo
Register command (to add sub device below main device)YesNoNoNo
Rule engineYesNoYesNo
WidgetYES. Line graph, Bar graph, text, Color, Gauge, donut graph, vertical and horizontal scale, LED indicator, Switch, and Table.NoNoNo
Register command to add a sub device below the parent device.YesNoNoNo
Multi tenant for UsersYes. Allow users to add their customers with predefined rolesNoNoNo
Device Grouping YesNoNoNo
NotificationVia Websocket, FCM, Email and to DeviceNoNoNo

 

Hope this article will help you choose the right platform for your IoT deployments.

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