Real-Time IoT Tracking and Visualization Improve Manufacturing


Real-Time IoT Tracking and Visualization Improve Manufacturing

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Shimane Fujitsu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu and a leading manufacturer of business notebooks and tablets, set out to improve processes where factory inspections found product errors. Prioritizing product rework based on shipping date was challenging, and it caused Shimane Fujitsu to incur additional shipping fees. The company needed a way to collect data to better track the location of products in the rework cycle as well as monitor progress in real time. The collected data would also help process analysis for future improvements. 

Shimane Futjisu is one of Japan's largest manufacturers, producing notebooks and tablets from the system board all the way to the finished product. It operates two 23,000 square-meter factories and employs 1,100 workers. Many models of business notebooks and tablets are produced in small lots and are custom-made for individual customers. Shimane Fujitsu produces 30 million computer devices annually. 

Fujitsu Group and Intel jointly developed a solution using the Fujitsu Cloud Service IoT Platform and Intel IoT Gateway products. Phase 1 involved using IoT sensors on products identified for rework. The solution provides a visual map of the network area, including information about each product's location and status. With Fujitsu's distributed service platform technology, large volumes of sensor data can be processed in real time through a production information control system. Phase 2 of the pilot, which is ongoing, involves collecting video images of the inspection process for later analysis to provide a better understanding of why errors associated with rework products sometimes cannot be reproduced. 

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Shimane Fujitsu has improved its prioritization and management of rework products, reducing the lead times during the rework process by 15 to 20 percent. 

Shipping costs for reworked products have also been reduced by 30 percent. 

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