As a production manager you want to understand what happens during your production process. You want to know why a certain input generates that specific output (“The Golden Batch”). Why there are quality differences and why the lead time is sometimes 6 days and at other times only 4. Data is everywhere. But often in silos, which is difficult to consult.
OQuila, a subsidiary of Spikes, provides a data platform for production environments with Digital Eye. It makes the connection between the physical production floor and a digital work environment in a modern cloud solution by capturing data from production assets and making it digitally available for various purposes:
- Show data on handy dashboards
- Integration with other IT systems
- Making data available to perform advanced analysis (such as machine learning models)
In addition, Digital Eye ensures that you always have reliable insights into your production process in a user-friendly way. The solution gets rid of the data silos that many production environments have to contend with. By creating an extra layer between the on-premise production environment and the data platform in the cloud, we allow data flows from PLCs, historians and sensors to be brought into a uniform cloud-ready format.
Digital Eye gives various links within your production process major advantages:
- Operators with knowledge can select the correct production parameters or raw materials to monitor quality,
- Planners can optimize production planning with real-time insights into production progress.
- Production managers can consult the productivity of the factory at a glance, across different production lines.
How do we do this
Dream Big, Start Small, Grow Fast! You don’t digitize a factory in one go, but step by step. Digital Eye also allows this. By starting with a basic architecture which takes the current situation into account and is scalable, we can define a sustainable Proof of Concept (PoC). The big advantage of such a PoC is to perform a technical and functional validation within a small, safe context, and above all, to learn from it.
Our PoCs are the first iteration of a fully fledged operational data platform to which new assets or new functionalities are added gradually, according to your priorities and budget.
The result? Digital Eye gets rid of the data silos that many production environments have to contend. By creating an abstraction layer between the on-premise production environment and the data platform in the cloud, we allow data flows from PLCs, historians, sensors,… to be brought first to a uniform cloud-ready format.