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Cutting-edge Predictive Analytics for HIROTEC Group

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 Cutting-edge Predictive Analytics for HIROTEC Group - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Edge Analytics
  • Analytics & Modeling - Predictive Analytics
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • System Integration
The Customer
About The Customer
HIROTEC Group is a $1.6B Japanese corporation that is globally recognized as a premier automotive manufacturing equipment and parts supplier. With over 85 years of mass production experience and engineering discipline and 26 facilities in nine countries a
The Challenge
Hirotec needed to ensure continuous operations and to minimize unplanned downtime in its manufacturing facilities. Unplanned downtime is costly and compromises Hirotec's ability to deliver its goods to customers on time.
The Solution
Hirotec decided to partner with PTC and selected its Thingworx Technology Platform and KEPServerEX agent to rapidly develop and deploy IoT software and integrate it with its manufacturing systems. PTC with its IT capabilities proved to be an ideal partner to complement Hirotec's operations technology skillset.

HIROTEC also decided to use HPE Edgeline servers to support edge analytics. The ruggedized HPE Edgeline servers’ small footprint minimized the need for HIROTEC to sacrifice valuable factory floor space. In addition, the servers do not require specialized cooling to operate.

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Operational Impact
  • [Management Effectiveness - Operation Transparency]
    Through the Thingworx platform, HIROTEC gained real-time visibility into its business operations, which in turn allows the company to address issues that impact its efficiency and throughput. The solution also enables HIROTEC to perform sophisticated analysis of historical data so that it can better understand production facility performance and ways to drive improvements.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production]
    HIROTEC will be able to build on the solution to enable augmented reality applications to further advance its manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies — completing its transformation from smart factory to smart enterprise.
  • [Cost Reduction - Capital Investment]
    The need to invest in new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine via analysis that supported improved efficiencies and elimination of process bottlenecks was eliminated.
Quantitative Benefit
  • There was a 100% reduction in time to manually inspect production systems, enabling technicians to re-invest that time in tasks that drive more value to production workflows.

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