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IoT Gateway Enables Faurecia to Improve Traceability for Customers

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 IoT Gateway Enables Faurecia to Improve Traceability for Customers - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
  • Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Connectivity Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • In-process Traceability
The Customer
About The Customer
Founded in 1997, Faurecia is one of the largest international automotive parts manufacturers in the world and has grown to become a major player in the global Automotive Industry.
The Challenge

While Faurecia has a long track record of providing its customers with exemplary products, the increasing need to provide customers traceability for the parts it was producing motivated the company to further support these efforts. The large automotive OEMs expected Faurecia to be able to both track the process of operations and production and to make that information available on demand. For example, customers wanted to know which airbags were added to which cars, as well as detailed data characteristics about how each airbag was installed, including torque and angle of installation.

The Solution

Faurecia turned to Kepware’s flagship connectivity platform, KEPServerEX, and began a pilot project in their Porto Real, Brazil factory. The company was familiar with the solution, having used KEPServerEX for a number of years to connect PLCs on the plant floor to IJ Core, Faurecia’s proprietary parts fabrication and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) via the OPC DA protocol. Using OPC DA to broker communications was complicated and becoming increasingly antiquated. The company considered replacing its OPC DA communications with OPC UA, which—though more modern—proved to be even more complex and required time and resources for implementation. After learning more about Faurecia’s goals, Kepware representatives were able to recommend that Faurecia implement the REST Server Agent in the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX.

Data Collected
Communication Performance, Operating Time, Process Procedure, Production Efficiency, Traceable Parts
Operational Impact
  • [Data Management - Data Transparency]
    Improved parts traceability throughout the entire manufacturing process, satisfying internal Faurecia stakeholders and the company’s customers
  • [Data Management - Connectivity Stability]
    Improved connectivity and speed of communication between factory floor machines and IJ Core, Faurecia’s proprietary MES
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Reduced development time, effort, and training
Quantitative Benefit
  • Faurecia was able to decrease its transparency project from a complicated 6-month scope to a functioning solution in just a couple of days.

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