The goal - Collaborate for competitive advantage
External customer and market demands are forcing change in manufacturing. The emphasis on improving quality is as strong as the need to reduce waste. Bottom lines are threatened by issues such as rising inventory carrying costs and increased warranty costs. Globalizationvia development of a worldwide manufacturing footprint and global sourcing capabilitywill challenge even the most sophisticated and well-financed companies.
The advantage - Get the right vehicle to the right place faster
The integrated manufacturing productivity solution is founded on strategic alignment around open, industry standards, collaboration and leadership. The solution is comprised of four components.
The benefits - Transform quality and inventory management
The integrated manufacturing productivity solution from IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation can help your manufacturing enterprise:
The goal - Drive business performance
Greater manufacturing flexibility and productivity requires better capturing, analysis and delivery of production data for improved execution, efficiency and decision making worldwide. Your manufacturing enterprise needs to increase tracking, control and optimization of operations between factory and enterprise and between enterprise and supply and demand chains. Manufacturers now have an opportunity to move towards more competitive operations with integrated manufacturing from IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation.
The advantage - Leadership times three
IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation bring together major components for business process improvement based on common vision, standards and interoperability.
The benefits - Achieve visibility across your enterprise
The combination of three technology leaders offers a comprehensive productivity solution for automakers and manufacturers that includes:
Near real-time inventory monitoring
The approach - Opening up a new solution for doors
An automotive OEM supplier for a major automotive company decided to transition from batch production of door panels to in-line vehicle sequencing (ILVS) for a customer. In addition to the production change, the supplier was required to produce over 70 variations of panels, adding to its already complex production responsibilities.
After an implementation of a Rockwell Automation software solution, the company can now measure information from work cells on the production line. More specifically, they gather critical information on the three components of OEE: machine availability, throughput and quality. To determine OEE, the percent of availability, throughput and quality are multiplied. The company measures:
The financial advantage - Repeatable and flexible to save you money
IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation offer an overall solution framework that helps you recoup a quicker return on investment.
The issues - Close the performance gap
Lack of visibility into supplier inventory leads to stock-outs, late and expedited shipments and quality issues. Supply chain delays lengthen the cash-to-cash cycle. And an inability to receive timely, accurate demand signals leads to excess or obsolete inventory and poor customer satisfaction. Until advanced planning solutions are integrated with the shop floor, there will be a performance gap.
The benchmark - Deep knowledge and proven solutions
The partnership of IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation is designed to provide you and your suppliers with the transparent, integrated manufacturing productivity solution you need to share near real-time information, from the plant to the enterprise and throughout the global supply chain, to significantly improve inventory and quality management.
The components - Conquer the obstacles to manufacturing productivity
The integrated manufacturing productivity solution provides components from three leaders in manufacturing optimization. Each provides leading-edge products and services to help boost your productivity from plant to floor and across your enterprise.
The implementation - IBM and Cisco enhance productivity from communication
The Toyota Technical Center Asia Pacific (Thailand) Company Limited (TTC-AP) aims to provide design, research and development (R&D) services, as well as produce prototype spare parts. TTC-AP decided to invest in a converged solution that would enable it to handle voice communications over a single network infrastructure. By moving from their previous solution to IP telephony, the organization would also benefit from a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of their network infrastructure in long run.
The blending of Cisco's voice, video and rich-media conference solutions with IBM's expertise in global services offer customers a convenient and cost-effective way to reap the benefits of convergence. "The Cisco and IBM IP telephony solution has enabled us to fully exploit network convergence and benefit from a range of efficient communications. Most importantly, the technology helps us achieve our objective of improving communication between our facilities in Thailand and Japan to facilitate the design of quality auto parts," said Mr. Somsak Nantatovatana, Vice President, Administrative Department, TTC-AP.
The cost of ownership - Collaboration to reduce total cost of ownership
As IBM, Cisco and Rockwell Automation work together, you can realize a lower total cost of ownership in your manufacturing enterprise.