‘Downtime’ is a dreaded word any manufacturer would not like to hear. Every second of Downtime creates huge losses for the manufacturing companies. The companies are always on the quest to find new solutions to minimize downtimes. The Internet of Things(IoT) is a great application coming to the rescue of such companies in their fight against Downtime.
The following are the few aspects that help reduce Downtime using IoT in the Automobile Industry:
Maintenance of Production Line
One can imagine what nightmares a single small part failure can give to the manufacturer and the replacement of the faulty part is not readily available. Wouldn’t it be great if this small part is going to fail is known and it’s replaced before it causes downtime? Well, this is where IoT comes into the picture. The IoT checks the wear and tear of such critical parts in real-time and notifies when the action needs to be taken.
Earlier to avoid such downtimes the manufacturers had made regular timetables for checking the parts manually and periods during which the part has to be replaced. This sometimes caused even a perfectly working part to be replaced. This caused precious time and money wastage. With the help of IoT and predictive maintenance, such resources can be saved.
The Internet of Things makes it easy by communicating and exchanging data between machines and networks and let the manufacturer be in sync with the production requirement. Overproduction causes various issues of storage and liquidation. The overproduction of one item then causes the downtime for the product which was required.
The aim of the Automobile Manufacturer is not just to sell their Vehicles but to convert the buyer into a loyal customer of their brand. After-Sales plays an important role in customer satisfaction and creating a one-time customer into a loyal customer for years. Proactively managing inventory using IoT can help a manufacturer in being ready with parts that the customer would need and they can supply in time. The reduction in the waiting time on the parts can create great customer satisfaction.
Also, such Inventory Control using IoT can save space by not holding the unrequired spare parts and just keeping only recommended spare parts in the facilities for manufacturing.
Knowledge of a part in the vehicle that has been produced defected before it is fitted in the vehicle helps in making the production more efficient. All the parts of the vehicle on the production line now have RFID tags.
As soon as the faulty production is detected, the manager can take necessary action before the problem gets bigger and causes Downtime.
The painting rooms of the car parts need to maintain certain humidity levels so that the paint finish turns out to be perfect. As soon as the humidity is not in the required range, an alarm can be raised using IoT.
Using IoT, many of the processes can be automated and kept as less human intervened as possible. This helps to reduce errors drastically and optimize the whole process of car production. The real-time data can be analyzed using software by sitting in a control room having remote access.
Movement within Production
The less each part in the production lines has to travel to reach the assembly point, the more efficient the production lines become. An automated system installed to find the shortest possible route for these parts to reach assembly point in time can reap huge cost benefits to the manufacturer.
We, at Felidae Systems, are proud to scale such Automations for not only Automobile Industries but in the course of time, we have developed a long-range of Automation Solutions for Various Industries including Consumer Durables, Chemical, Textile, Mining, Energy & Hospitality, that are cost-optimized & best in class of techniques. You can get in touch with us for details on Industrial Automations.