For many manufacturing companies today, the opportunity to connect people, process, data, and things created by the Internet of Everything (IoE) presents a new way to look at factory automation. The opportunity for digital innovation often arises when a company is expanding capacity or building a new production facility. Mahindra and Mahindra, one of India’s leading automakers, seized the opportunity to deploy a connected factory of the future at their new Chakan facility.
As they prepared for a brand new plant, Mahindra and Mahindra saw the opportunity to rethink the design of their manufacturing operations for greater flexibility and agility. Combined with their desire to embrace the latest technology, the company looked for a manufacturing process that used digital manufacturing tools and a high-level IT architecture for the plant. With the help of Cisco, Mahindra and Mahindra migrated from a traditional IT system to a dynamic, integrated, real-time and connected environment with unified communications. By automating all aspects of production— from top floor to shop floor, the company provides IT with visibility on all 20,000 IT and operational technology (OT) systems from the command center. Today, Mahindra and Mahindra have reduced their changeover time on the shop floor and improved quality as a result of discovering issues sooner. Better decisions are made due to more accurate and timely reporting, and connecting people and equipment on the factory floor over Wi-Fi has helped them with higher output. With a connected factory, Mahindra and Mahindra is embracing the IoE for better energy management and increased operational efficiencies, leading the company to produce state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly vehicles of the future.