Advantech wins Industry 4.0 award for its digital factory

Advantech Australia Pty Ltd

Monday, 23 October, 2017

Advantech wins Industry 4.0 award for its digital factory

Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The ROI Industry 4.0 Award China was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai on 17 October to honour its Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of “real-time equipment and resource monitoring”.

“What Advantech has achieved is an outstanding example of what can be done in terms of quality and utilisation by providing real-time production insights,” said Timo Schneemann, vice-general manager of ROI Management Consulting. “While other companies have key machines connected to a central system, Advantech stands out because they have not only connected sophisticated equipment like SMT lines, but have also upgraded and connected conventional machines, such as stamping machines, to get a full picture of what is happening in production — from start to finish.

“While connecting machines is one thing, the crucial step other companies are missing is making this data easily accessible to the people who need it, and here is where Advantech scores high again with their data consolidation and visualisation framework.”

Industry 4.0 situation room enables real-time management

For many years, Advantech has consistently optimised its production line in manufacturing centres to improve efficiency.

“The Industry 4.0 situation room is Advantech’s most important upgrade for Industry 4.0. The situation room is the factory’s nerve centre where data is collected, analysed and visualised for real-time management and data-driven decision-making,” said Allan Tsay, VP, Advantech Industrial IoT Group. “This award has demonstrated that we are on the right track with our Industry 4.0 blueprint.”

“Advantech is not only an end user, but a provider of Industry 4.0 solutions,” said Jonney Chang, associate VP, Advantech Industrial IoT Group. “Advantech has primarily used its own products and solutions in the planning and implementation of the smart factory. Advantech’s smart factory is evidence of how iFactory solution-ready platforms (SRPs) and products can be used to implement Industry 4.0 in practice, and Advantech’s iFactory SRPs are quick-start tools that enable a step-wise approach to achieving Industry 4.0.”

Accelerating Industry 4.0

2017 has been an important year for Advantech to continue driving Industry 4.0 growth. Advantech upgraded its manufacturing centres to real Industry 4.0 demonstration sites and has opened them to external visitors in an attempt to accelerate digital transformation and inspire the development of other smart factories. Additionally, Advantech hosted several Industry 4.0 forums in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Turkey and Dubai to share the latest iFactory applications with representatives from industry, government and academia; collaborating closely to establish a local Industry 4.0 ecosystem.

This July, Advantech Europe Cofounder, Executive Director and Acting General Manager Chaney Ho received a special award for “Industry Leader of the Year” from Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 for his considerable effort in pushing Industry 4.0 in the Asian region. Advantech has not only realised the intelligent factory from a practical perspective, but also encourages customers to embrace Industry 4.0.

“Industry 4.0 is a dynamic process that has no downtime and is constantly advancing and changing,” said Chang. “As Industry 4.0 continues to evolve, Advantech will continue developing its smart factory and Industry 4.0 solutions with the aim of providing a brand-new in-depth experience for end users in 2018.”

Read the original press release here.

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