Frucor has experienced rapid growth, and with it increased volumes and complexity of business data. The company has a core SAP (System Applications and Products) system that does an excellent job of collecting and processing company-wide data. As the business continues to expand locally and internationally the company's data warehousing overhead was becoming complex, resulting in some reports taking too long to process.
On the Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) GIS Connectivity Project, field personnel travel on foot and by vehicle gathering data about asset locations and customer connectivity across the entire electrical distribution infrastructure. However, NSPI could not cover the company's extensive field operations. NSPI needed a secure mobile GIS solution that offered remote data transfer directly to its ARC GIS server software, without requiring additional travel and manual syncing.
Wind provides clean, renewable energy. The core concept is simple: wind turbines spin blades to generate power. However, today's systems are anything but simple. Modern wind turbines have blades that sweep a 120 meter circle, cost more than 1 million dollars and generate multiple megawatts of power. Each turbine may include up to 1,000 sensors and actuators – integrating strain gages, bearing monitors and power conditioning technology. The turbine can control blade speed and power generation by altering the blade pitch and power extraction. Controlling the turbine is a sophisticated job requiring many cooperating processors closing high-speed loops and implementing intelligent monitoring and optimization algorithms. But the real challenge is integrating these turbines so that they work together. A wind farm may include hundreds of turbines. They are often installed in difficult-to-access locations at sea. The farm must implement a fundamentally and truly distributed control system. Like all power systems, the goal of the farm is to match generation to load. A farm with hundreds of turbines must optimize that load by balancing the loading and generation across a wide geography. Wind, of course, is dynamic. Almost every picture of a wind farm shows a calm sea and a setting sun. But things get challenging when a storm goes through the wind farm. In a storm, the control system must decide how to take energy out of gusts to generate constant power. It must intelligently balance load across many turbines. And a critical consideration is the loading and potential damage to a half-billion-dollar installed asset. This is no environment for a slow or undependable control system. Reliability and performance are crucial.
Increasing competition and fluctuations in the construction market prompted BlueScope Steel to look toward digital transformation of its four businesses, including modern core applications and IT infrastructure. BlueScope needed to modernize its infrastructure and adopt new technologies to improve operations and supply chain efficiency while maintaining and updating an aging application portfolio.
Fuji Xerox faced several challenges. Delivery inquiries from distributors had to be manually associated with order information and container B/L documents. Response to delivery inquiries was slow and delivery date estimates inaccurate because Fuji Xerox had to contact each transportation carrier for shipment status updates before warehousing dates could be estimated. Manual handling of an average of 1,800 inquiries a month created an excessive workload for staff. Distributors had begun securing extra stock in a system known as just-in-case inventory to prevent inventory shortages at hub warehouses in each region, leading to chronic over-inventory
Dole processes 48,000 purchase orders each year from farmers across several countries and regions. In order to shorten the PO process, Dole needed to centralize all data and standardize and automate the tools, information, and practices used to manage procurement processes across the region, to save precious time and money. The company looked to SAP to streamline the entire procure-to-pay process.
Traditional central-station power grids operate on 15-minute output update cycles that force operators to over-generate power to compensate for potential blackouts or unexpected new power demands on the grid. Additionally, they cannot efficiently utilize the distributed, dynamic generation of renewable power sources such as solar panels or wind turbines.
Keeping machines up and running, in safe condition and at their top performance is a must. Getting from them a real-time information on their status to anticipate possible failures and downtime is an absolute need. Collecting operational data from the machine to monitor business processes, detect bottlenecks and inefficiencies is a key factor to improve time terminal performance. And presenting the data in a friendly, customizable graphical interface, displaying the machines and business KPIs evolution and real-time status is a key factor to keep the team aligned with the company goals.
Day & Night wanted to alleviate customer concerns and provide service confirmation by answering these questions: Did Day & Night arrive when it said it would? How long did it take Day & Night to complete a certain job? At what speed did Day & Night drivers operate while at a certain site.
Fujitsu helped Frucor in advanced data analysis, increased speed and depth of reporting. Fujitsu's implementation team worked collaboratively with Frucor to deliver a very successful project over a six-week period.
The team decided that BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the built-in GPS capability of BlackBerry smartphones, and Freeance Mobile, an application for GIS mobility, were the right combination of technologies for their needs. Freeance Mobile was used to build customized data collection forms, configured with required fields and predefined values. BlackBerry smartphones helped NSPI’s personnel accurately fill out the forms to record field assets and connectivity details. Hardware Components - BlackBerry GPS - OtterBox Case Software Components - Freeance Mobile App
Siemens Wind Power is one of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers. Siemens Wind Power decided to use an Industrial Internet-based solution powered by RTI Connext® DDS to integrate its systems. Industrial Internet with Connext DDS enables fast control within turbines, distributed gust mitigation across the array, and integration back to the control center for predictive maintenance and business diagnostics. With Connext DDS, a Siemens Wind Power farm is a smart, distributed machine. It optimizes power, monitors its own health and reacts to its environment. Industrial Internet with DDS provides fast communication and control within the turbines, distributed gust mitigation across the entire wind farm, and communication and integration with the back-end control center for predictive maintenance and business diagnostics.
CSC provides Bluescope with application support services, including Big Data and Analytics platform support services with CSC's BizCloud private cloud solution. By deploying a service model, CSC has helped to increase the amount of collaboration between BlueScope’s business units. Implementing a service-oriented model across BlueScope's organization will increase focus on end-to-end service delivery as they integrate four different business units. Software Components - BizCloud private cloud solution
NEC implemented a cloud service that provides visibility in global logistics and connected with GXS Managed Services, a suite of services from GXS Worldwide, Inc., that enable data orchestration for transactions between businesses based on international standards such as EDI, thereby introducing visibility into the customer's global supply chain and enabling effective tracking of global product distribution. Software Components - GXS Managed Services - NEC cloud-based multilingual solution
Dole discovered that the Ariba Procure-to-Pay solution could more effectively manage all of their spendings for business units across Central and South America with built-in flexibility to adapt to the unique environment and culture of suppliers in each country. Software Components - Ariba Procure-to-Pay solution
*This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.* MEMBER PARTICIPANTS Real-Time Innovations, National Instruments, Cisco MARKET SEGMENT Smart Grids, especially grids that integrate solar, wind, and storage. SOLUTION The Microgrid Communication and Control Testbed will introduce the flexibility of real-time analytics and control to increase efficiencies in this legacy process - ensuring that power is generated more accurately and reliably. HOW IT WORKS The Microgrid Communication and Control Testbed re-architects the power grid system into a series of distributed microgrids that control smaller areas and support load, generation, and storage. Microgrids will operate independently from the main grid but will still interact with existing infrastructure. TESTBED INTRODUCTION The goal of the Microgrid Communication and Control Testbed is to prove the viability of a real-time, secure databus to faciliate machine-to-machine, machine-to-control center, and machine-to-cloud data communications. It will combine distributed, edge-located processing and control applications with intelligent analytics. It will run in real-world power applications and interface with practical equipment. Three Industrial Internet Consortium member organizations will be lending their expertise to this project: Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is providing the real-time databus software using their DDS standard based RTI Connext communication platform for IIoT; National Instruments is providing the intelligent nodes for edge control and analytics based on their CompactRIO and Grid Automation Systems; and Cisco is providing network equipment and security expertise using their Connected Grid Router. They will also be collaborating with Duke Energy and the Standard Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to ensure a coordinated, accepted architecture. The testbed is unfolding in three phases. In April 2015, Phase One commenced as a proof-of-concept that ensures basic security and performance. Phase Two - slated for 2016 - will demonstrate the scalability of the Microgrid Communication and Control Framework in a simulated environment. The final phase will demonstrate the testbed in a real-world situation. The first two phases will take place in Westminster, California at Southern California Edison's Controls Lab. The field deployment test will take place at CPS Energy's "Grid-of-the-Future" microgrid test area in San Antonio, Texas.
PACECO uses IoT OpenGate platform, developed by amplía, which allows devices and machines to be tracked, managed and monitored. OpenGate allows PACECO to manage its fleet, offering its customers a range of services including identification and location, real-time status information, activity tracking, alarms, maintenance and service information, calculation of business KPI’s and data compilation.
Day & Night decided to implement CalAmp's fleet tracking solution across 12 of its vehicles. Day & Night chose to pair a Reporter 100 in-vehicle GPS device with FleetOutlook, CalAmp’s web-based fleet management solution.
Frucor Beverages Ltd is one of Australasia's largest beverage manufacturers and distributors. It is best known for its flagship product, the 'V' energy drink as well as an extensive brand portfolio including fruit juices, waters and soft drinks.
Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) is an electrical distribution utility that manages $3.5 billion CAD of generation, transmission and distribution assets across the province of Nova Scotia in Canada.
BlueScope Steel has significant manufacturing operations on three continents supported by some 16,000 employees who make industry-leading metal-coated and painted steel products for buildings and construction.
Fuji Xerox is a joint venture partnership between the Japanese photographic firm Fujifilm Holdings (75%) and the American document management company Xerox (25%) to develop, produce and sell xerographic and document-related products and services in the Asia-Pacific region. Fuji Xerox employs more than 40,000 employees worldwide.
Dole Food Company is an American agricultural multinational corporation headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The company is the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, operating with 74,300 full-time and seasonal employees who are responsible for over 300 products in 90 countries.
PACECO ESPAÑA is a Spanish Engineering Company providing Container Handling Cranes (Portainer®, Transtainer®), software systems (Poseidon®) and services for the European, West-African and East America markets. The cranes made by PACECO work on a 24×7 basis and are critical assets for their owners and for the whole supply chain.
Day & Night Power Sweeping (Day & Night) is the premier provider of street sweeping and commercial maintenance servicing in San Diego County, with over 30 employees.
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Reduced IT workloads due to reduced complexity and simplified architecture.
The wireless solution provided more accurate data at a lower cost.
Siemens can monitor and control wind farm arrays with up to 500 wind turbines.
Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analytics.
The whereabouts of products can be tracked in real time, leading to faster inquiry response times and improved deadline compliance.
Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.
Ensures power is generated efficiently and reliably
Day & Night gained visibility into key fleet metrics, such as driving speeds, overall distance traveled, engine running hours, and the frequency of vehicle starts and stops.
Real-time status reports enable field personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.
The DDS real-time messaging and quality of service (QoS) characteristics enable Siemens to manage turbulence through the wind farm so that performance and wear is uniform in the highly distributed operational environment.
CSC transformed BlueScope’s current IT systems to an end-to-end IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) environment.
Staff's workloads is reduced by automating processes such as collecting information from factories and logistics partners and manually associating this data with each order.
Cloud solutions enable aggregation of purchase orders straight from farmers in the fields.
Enable efficient integration of solar and wind into the grid
Automatic e-mails are sent to customers as soon as service workers arrive or depart their site to improve customer satisfaction.
ARC GIS software allowed reliable data collection without operator travel and manual syncing
RTI Connext DDS platform’s ability to integrate smoothly with other systems, including business enterprise applications, will allow Siemens to remotely monitor and troubleshoot the wind farm's operations.
Deeper integration of information across departments and business units improves internal collaboration and end-to-end customer service.
Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in inventory costs.
Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
Faster decision making based on faster processing of data, up to 10x faster than the original data warehouse.
The utility reported a savings in travel and labor expenses totaling $200,000 per year.
Real-time automation improved tracking and customer service, saving $2 million annually on staffing and logistics costs.
Fuji Xerox expects that distributors will be able to use the system to directly confirm shipping statuses, eliminating the almost 1,800 inquiries they receive at head office each month.
Where it used to take 16 days to process a single purchase order, now hours later, the information has been processed, stored and is up-to-date, ready for top-level access.
In large storms, NSPI can optimize the performance of 50 crews to minimize logistical costs and increase the speed of repairs.
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