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KEYNOTE: Industry 4.0 Platform: MES, IIoT, Analytics or All of the Above?
At a time when the application of IoT in manufacturing environments is in full swing, and growing at a much higher rate than any other type of application, we can see the first signs that, with the currently available approaches, manufacturers will not achieve the expected returns.
As the dust settles, the industrial world is realizing what other markets that have turned to analytics have realized long ago: to take real advantage of the wealth of data that the IoT generates, semantic models, contextual information, data enrichment processes and platform sharing are an absolute must.
Only a combined platform will unlock the true potential that MES and IoT have to simultaneously control processes, guarantee visibility and traceability, and generate true manufacturing insights, allowing manufacturers to succeed in the Industry 4.0 competitive context.
ANALYST KEYNOTE:What is the future for MES technology?
Today factories are running through a transformation based around leveraging data from every smart tool to create "information-intensive" processes. This has far-reaching implications in the way manufacturing processes are run. From one end, this is finally making the vision of companies that see plant as a technology-driven enabler to business success real. On the other end, it completely revolutionizes the perspective around how people work in the production process. In this context, it is crucial today that manufacturers put MES applications at the center of their shop floor technology strategy, to be the catalyst of a long-lasting transformation.
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
INDUSTRY USE-CASE: One MES for 11 research institutes – an Outlook
The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) is the largest cross-site R&D Cooperation for Micro- and Nanoelectronics in Europe, consisting of 13 innovative research institutes from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Each institute has a different research focus in the field of semiconductor research. The technology range consists of: Sensor Systems, Extended CMOS, Microwave & Terahertz, Power Electronics, MEMS Actuators and Optoelectronic Systems. FMD bundles competencies along the entire technological value chain, from design over manufacturing and integration to characterization, test and reliability.
Currently, most institutes use self-programmed MES solutions adapted to the needs of research institutes in general, their local area of expertise and their working mode specifically.
FMD has two goals for MES:
1. The current legacy MES solutions shall be replaced by a commercial MES while retaining all the functions that are required for research and manufacturing applications over the whole range of technologies and different working modes, from experiments to pilot production.
2. The MES shall enable joint manufacturing and research functions while retaining confidentiality between the institutes with respect to the technologies.
In this session, attendees will learn the current status, challenges, concepts and planned realizations of application cases and their technical solutions that have identified as crucial for the success of the project.
Attendees are invited to participate in a range of Industry and Technology Round Tables
Partner Expo Open: Visit key Global and Regional Partners, focused on guiding you to Industry 4.0 Success
Product Expert Lab Open: See the latest advancements in MES with our Industry and Product Experts. See demonstrations focused on best practices for your industry
IMPLEMENTATION USE-CASE: Development of a joint MES Concept among 11 Research Institutes: The “Implementation Wheel” as Part of a Holistic Methodology
The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) is the largest cross-site R&D cooperation for Micro- and Nanoelectronics in Europe with a wide range of technologies, MES traditions and urgencies regarding the substitution of the former MES solution.
One challenge of the project “FMD Digital” is the development of a joint manufacturing concept and Manufacturing Execution Software among 11 formerly independent organizations with partially competitive interrelations. Local language use for technical and organizational terms causes fuzzy definitions. This creates needs for clarification to develop a clear joint technical concept. This situation is similar to Industry 4.0 projects.
Attendees will see the systematic of the ”Implementation Wheel” which was developed during several projects of software implementation (MES and ERP) to facilitate the process of joint problem solving within complex organizations. It is part of a holistic methodology, which combines knowledge and methods from Industrial Engineering and Organizational Psychology. The “Implementation Wheel” separates four aspects of the concept work, divided into social and technical. These aspects define a framework for the definition of requirements and testing the incremental readiness of the organization for the final implementation of the software: Organization (rules and structures); Software (functions); Data (migration and collection); Competence (of users and organizational units). Examples for the application of the “Implementation Wheel” will be given.
NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Case for MES to Drive Operational and Cultural Change
Every manufacturer that embarks upon a new MES Implementation as part of a shift to digital transformation has different requirements, business drivers and goals. The steps in the journey can vary as much as the names given to the initiatives, such as Industry 4.0, Smart Production, IIoT and more.
This panel discussion brings together executives from a range of different companies and industries, large and small, traditional and complex, to find the common threads, and in some cases the roadblocks in strategy and execution that drive true operational and cultural change.
Key Learnings and Takeaways from Day 1
Partner Networking Reception and Port Wine Tasting
Relax and take in the spectacular sunset and view across the Douro River.
After a packed first day of learning sessions, attendees can spend time networking and listening to music, while enjoying delicious Portuguese hors d’oeuvres and sampling the drink that has made Porto famous – Port wine of Course!
Networking Break and Refreshments
INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: MESA Smart Manufacturing Community Workshop
This session starts with a brief presentation of what MESA has learned in the past 2 years about Smart Manufacturing, also called Industry 4.0 or Digital Transformation or other names. This will be a quick peek into where companies are on the journey and what obstacles and successes we’ve seen. MESA Community leader Fraser will provide information based on surveys, peer-reviewed MESA content development, and community open discussions.
In the interactive portion, small groups including subject matter experts will discuss these topics and we’ll report out afterward:
• Smart Connected Factory: IIoT, Smart Machines, Robotics, Augmented Reality
• Analytics: Predictive and Prescriptive, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning
• MES: Its Role in Smart Manufacturing
• Digital Twin/Digital Thread and how to leverage those approaches
• Smart Connected Supply Chain: in-plant logistics and connecting beyond the plant
Learn and gain new ideas that you can put into action right away… And create a new network to support you through the Smart Manufacturing journey.