To the user, the Oracle Smart Manufacturing demo was a simple process: Input your preferences and moments later out comes a personalized luggage tag. But behind the scenes, the demonstration, which took place at Oracle OpenWorld and will soon go on tour, shows how IoT, augmented reality (AR), machine learning (ML), and other advanced technologies can be harnessed to completely automate the manufacturing process while offering unprecedented visibility into factory assets and operations.
The user’s input initiates a process that proceeds automatically through two components of Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM). First, it creates an order in Order Management Cloud, which then seamlessly passes data on to Manufacturing Cloud for production: The tag is pulled from inventory, transferred to a laser engraving machine via robot, processed, and “shipped” to the user.
*"Mini Smart Factory" - demonstrates an end-to-end, IoT enabled, manufacturing process
In many ways, the most interesting part was witnessing how intuitive was the process for the end-users - without the need for sophisticated IT skills. For instance, first-time users were able to easily establish and visualize the complete manufacturing timeline in IoT Production Monitoring Cloud from order, to plan, to production, and finally shipping. Each stage offers greater detail with simple drill-downs. Once the plan is set and production begins, Production Monitoring Cloud provides real-time information about what’s going on in the production line. If there’s an exception, the operator could use IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud’s AR capabilities to view a digital overlay of the luggage tag machine and watch it operate in real-time simply by holding a mobile device up to the machine. The AR display provides an "x-ray" like view - with virtual components overlaying the actual ones. When an issue arises—for example, if the hopper lid is open—the operator receives a notification and the location of the error is indicated on the AR screen as well as instructions for addressing it.
*AR-enabled display on Oracle IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud
The broader implications of this straightforward demonstration are substantial. Here’s a closer look at the specific Oracle IoT cloud applications that were used and how these apps can help organizations create their own Connected Factory:
IoT Production Monitoring Cloud: Unprecedented visibility and control
IoT Production Monitoring Cloud powers the factory floor with real-time visibility that helps increase uptime while integrating seamlessly with manufacturing and supply chain systems. The Production Monitoring app also provides the ability to monitor the performance of connected machines and manufacturing systems against configurable key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure product delivery performance, capacity utilization, and availability. By comparing KPI trends over time and across factories, products, and machines, factory managers can identify and address the root cause of performance issues.
*User interface illustration of Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud
IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud: Ensuring availability with predictive maintenance
Oracle IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud provides the ability to instantly transform assets into digital twins and intelligently monitor their health, location, and utilization. In addition, the Asset Monitoring app can ensure the availability of the organization’s assets not only by detecting faults but also by using built-in asset reliability algorithms to predict failure and take steps to avoid it. IoT Asset Monitoring integrates with Oracle enterprise applications including ERP and SCM, which allows to track inventory from the time the pallet leaves the supplier to arrival at the customer’s doorstep and also to integrate the financial impact of production performance into forecasts.
Titan International: Taking the first step toward Industry 4.0
Among the many customers and partners I met during Oracle Open World 2019, one particular story stood out to me – that of Titan International, Inc. Titan is a leading global manufacturer of off-highway wheels, tires, assemblies, and undercarriage products. IoT is driving value and velocity for Titan with real-time production planning, monitoring, reporting, and analytics. The company successfully integrated IoT capabilities into its Oracle ERP and SCM deployments to automate manual processes and improve inventory flow. Before implementing Oracle IoT, completed inventory coming off a production line had to be batch-entered into the system manually, creating a one to two-hour data lag. With IoT monitoring, inventory availability is updated instantaneously, greatly improving the company’s shipping efficiency. As a result, Titan’s production and shipping teams are saving time and resources. Rather than locking itself into a custom solution, Titan can now take advantage of Oracle SaaS to have a continuously maintained and upgraded solution that integrated seamlessly into its enterprise software.
*Titan International's factory floor
IoT beyond the factory floor
As an end note, while IoT naturally plays a substantial role in industrial manufacturing environments, during Oracle Open World 2019 I had a chance to witness first hand how IoT also has enormous potential to unlock value in a broad scope of industries – from finance to consumer retail. For example, just take a look at this cool IoT enabled Soccer ball that illustrated a simple application of the potential impact connected devices can even have on our day to day lives.
To learn more about Oracle IoT offerings visit oracle.com/IoT