• C. Langen, U Wajid

eFactory Generic Usage Scenario

Industry4.0 primarily focuses on the automation, integration, and optimization of processes and manufacturing lines. This often requires several solutions, and onboarding and connectivity of numerous pieces of systems and equipment.

A question we often face is: what type of industry4.o scenarios eFactory can support? Since eFactory is a federated platform, the tools and services available in the eFactory ecosystem make use of Big Data Analytics, Digital Manufacturing, Cloud computing, Internet of Things and Blockchain technologies to support a variety of applications and usage scenarios.

In this blog, we present a generic usage scenario of eFactory solutions. This scenario considers typical interactions in manufacturing supply chains to highlight different types of technology solutions that are available through the eFactory ecosystem.

Figure 1: Example manufacturing supply chain scenario

Figure 1 illustrates the the example scenario of a manufacturing supply chain where multiple companies are engaged in collaborative production and supply activities.

Figure 2: Different steps or activities in the supply chain that are supported by the eFactory ecosystem

Figure 2 describes some of the typical activities that take place between supply chain partners and the support offered by eFactory solutions towards enabling supply chain collaborations.

Figure 3: eFactory support for distributed collaborative activities

Figure 3 illustrates some other activities that require automation, integration and interoperability across collaborative networks or supply chains.

In scenarios like the one described above, supply chain partners typically embrace a different system/platform, which is not ideal. However, this remains the reality where the technical capabilities, digital infrastructure and skillset differs from partner to partner. eFactory acknowledges such ground realities and therefore to enable successful Industry 4.0 adoption, the eFactory ecosystem offers:

  • A common integration layer to support connectivity and enable integration across respective solutions

  • An extensible digital platform architecture

  • Interoperability between Industry 4.0/IIoT solutions and data models of tools and systems

  • End to end security at the level of integrated systems, APIs and data flows

  • Tight collaboration between all stakeholders in the digital manufacturing domain to unlock potential and value for all

To this end, the eFactory ecosystem represents a new paradigm wherein the manufacturing companies and their collaborators, and solution providers work together to deliver open and interoperable platforms to support collaborations and sure data exchange.

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