In the era of change, manufacturing technology is a competitive advantage
Chery Automobile knew that the key to achieving connectivity and operational visibility was aggregating and contextualizing data from traditionally siloed areas of the business. From the OT side, they needed visibility to equipment, control and monitoring data. From the IT side, they needed visibility to MES and ERP information.
Automobile manufacturing involves tens of thousands of parts. Assembly and production processes are complicated, robots are used in many places, and customized special equipment is often required to enable automated production. Collecting and aggregating data from all these sources can be a challenge. Chery wanted a platform that had Kepware industrial connection software. The platform had to have built-in drivers to make connectivity to devices simple. It also had to support common protocols like OPC UA, MQTT, REST, EFM, ODBC or SNMP.
After conducting much research, Chery Automobile chose the Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk® InnovationSuite Internet of Things platform.
FactoryTalk InnovationSuite Enables Intelligent, Connected Super Factory
Today, FactoryTalk InnovationSuite aggregates and contextualizes data from disparate devices, applications, and data sources across Chery’s super factory. It provides a single source of truth where maintenance technicians can securely access data from plant field devices and operators can access data from the production line.
For Chery, it was also important that FactoryTalk InnovationSuite could connect to Andon – the visual display management tool the company uses to issue alerts and trigger events when operations are outside of expected parameters.
It was also important to Chery that FactoryTalk InnovationSuite was able to connect to the factory’s energy management system. By establishing this connection, Chery is now able to track energy consumption for each piece of production equipment and run analytics on this data to optimize future operations.
To better connect production with operations, Chery also decided to implement FactoryTalk® ProductionCentre®, which enhanced the capabilities of the factory's original MES system.