Rik and his team decided to launch a limited pilot project at BekaertDeslee’s plant in Turkey that involved just a few machines. “To ensure that the technology is robust and scalable, we called upon our trusted partner, delaware,” Rik continues. “We’ve been working with them on numerous projects, often within the DEL20 innovation program, so they know our company inside-out. Their expertise was essential in exporting the production data to the cloud, integrating it with our ERP and using it to improve the prediction model over time.”
A waste reduction of 10-20% turned out to be realistic. Today, the algorithm has been implemented in BekaertDeslee’s 20 production sites across the globe. And thanks to the standardized approach, data can be shared easily across production sites. So if an issue occurs in Turkey, the US plant will get notified of the risks when working on a similar production order. “To me, this is a prime example of the long-term value of storing data, and of sharing insights and innovation,” Rik concludes.
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