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Breakaway Business Outcomes across the Manufacturing Value Chain

My colleague Kevin Davenport was quoted in a recent AutomationWorld article “Connecting Expertise along Supply Chain,” highlighting a number of use case scenarios where mobile advisor and remote expert solutions for manufacturing can and have enhanced business performance and outcomes across the supply chain. These improvements include:

  • Greater field service effectiveness and reduce warranty costs—by offering real-time, scheduled, or impromptu access to SMEs via a pervasive video platform;
  • Stronger supplier relationships— by establishing effective, immersive B2B TelePresence conferencing;
  • New products to market faster, with a improved product launch processes—by using video-immersive collaboration to foster dynamic cross-business unit and development supply chain integration; and
  • Higher velocity, more effective response to plant-floor issues through fast deployment of both internal and external technical and SME support.

Examples include Jabil, Coca Cola, Puma, and our most recently featured IoE customer case study example with Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D), which demonstrates how Cisco Connected Factory Wireless capabilities, in concert with AeroScout Industrial real-time location services, are used to pinpoint issues—alongside people-and-process context—for much quicker resolution, yielding double-digit throughput and productivity improvements. Check out this video, for more on the SB&D case and results:

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Stanley Black & Decker Connects Factory Floor with Internet of Things (IoT)

During a panel on IoE in Business last week, Stanley Black & Decker announced the results and estimated productivity savings, upside revenue, and risk cost avoidance of a new Connected Factory Wireless implementation conducted with Cisco and AeroScout Industrial. In partnership with AeroScout, we’re excited to share the details on how Stanley Black & Decker has transformed manufacturing operations with IoT.

Visit our post on the IoE Blog where Patrick Gilbert, AeroScout Industrial and I share details about Stanley Black & Decker’s plant in Reynosa, Mexico and best practices that helped Stanley Black & Decker improve labor utilization by 12 percent, increase throughput by around 10 percent, and reduce material inventory carrying costs by 10 percent.

Read the full article Stanley Black & Decker: Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line at a Time

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The Internet of Everything in Business: a Roundtable Discussion

Yesterday afternoon, Cisco hosted an “Internet of Everything in Business” roundtable discussion–featuring executives from Stanley Black & Decker, AeroScout Industrial, and FH Celebration Health–which spotlighted how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is fueling transformative business outcomes and results … Today! In the session, our panelists discussed ways they are actually acquiring some of the $14+ trillion of global, private-sector value-at-stake estimated by Cisco to be available with IoE by 2022, and included real-world examples illustrating manufacturing and healthcare industry benefits.

Honing in on the panel portion related to my beloved industry, manufacturers are really leveraging IoT to improve operational efficiencies and productivity with reduced downtime, to accelerate to market faster and with new IoE-based Product-as-a-Service business models, and to drive more flexibility and agility into their supply chain operations, just as I’ve been referencing in recent blogs.

Yesterday’s panel representatives from Stanley Black & Decker and AeroScout Industrial provided highly repeatable manufacturing use case examples describing how they are already achieving benefits today, as well as helping their customers to capture value with IoE. Utilizing location based services, real-time productivity and work-in-progress (WIP) monitoring, manufacturing businesses are seeing a strong return on investment and improved safety and security in the workplace.

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Above, catch the roundtable–recorded live from Chicago–and learn amongst those IoE use case examples how Cisco Systems and AeroScout Industrial partnered to implement a productivity-and-throughput-driving solution at a Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D) plant in Reynosa, Mexico. And keep your eye on the Cisco IoE blog channel early next week for my deeper dive on that very real, high-impact, highly replicable SB&D customer case study. Thanks for reading!

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How the Internet of Things Is Changing the Manufacturing Playing Field

MMH In the July issue of Modern Materials Handling (MMH), a very informative article appeared on “4 Ways the Internet of Things is Changing Manufacturing”. Editor-at-Large Roberto Michel presents an interesting perspective on the emergence of IoT and its impact on manufacturing today. Specifically, Mr. Michel presents four immediate business use case scenarios that can be implemented today:

  1. Equipment monitoring and optimization;
  2. Process, Machine and Occupational Safety;
  3. Materials tracking for WIP visibility, agility; and
  4. Lifecycle product traceability.

My colleague Douglas Bellin is quoted in the article that “IoT necessitates a break from siloed thinking”.  He explains:

“The biggest benefit we are going to start to see is the correlation of information from systems that typically did not work together or were not thought of needing to reference each other.  Historically, the information was stored in silos and was very difficult to get to. Now we are adding the connectivity to these machines and are able to extract the data, move the data, store it, and analyze it to see if abnormalities are occurring.”

Read more on Doug’s thoughts regarding IoT benefits in one of his recent blogs “Imagine the Possibilities with IoT and IoE”. The benefits that result from converging your production environment and IACS with Enterprise IT infrastructure into a fully Connected Factory can be quite significant, and have been for many global manufacturers like GM. The MMH article quotes Bill Ferrell of Clemson University (my undergraduate alma mater), “If the Internet of Things is this concept that inanimate objects can communicate over the Internet and be controlled, that strikes me as having the potential to revolutionize the way manufacturing is done.”

For a glimpse into what you can expect, some of my colleagues in Cisco Consulting Services created an animated infographic that presents some of the business outcomes and results of implementing IoT and IoE into manufacturing operations. Take a look:

Let me know what you think. Do you agree these are the four most applicable business use case scenarios for IoT adoption today?  What other manufacturing imperatives and business outcomes are you looking to achieve with IoT / IoE?  Send me a comment.  Thanks for reading.