Proekspert’s MEF helps manufacturers make
tomorrow’s factories more like today’s mobile platforms.
Everyone involved in manufacturing knows machines can talk, but who they can talk to and what they can say is fairly limited. We are working with manufacturers to change all that.
Proekspert’s involvement in Industry 4.0 began with an observation by Terry London, Product owner, after having studied dozens of client factories: Factories were modernizing, certainly, but they needed to make their machines much smarter in order to make incredible leaps in efficiency.
‘What if’ moment
We noticed that many subcontracting factories
were built on a high-mix/low-volume model. A single factory line could consist
of ten machines from at least three different manufacturers, making machine
connectivity a major headache for industry.
In a typical assembly line, every single
machine needed to be integrated with the IT system one at a time on an
individual basis. And replacing a machine meant recreating all the interactions
Why not offer a plug-in based solution, one
which could be shared by factories? This would not only end the massive waste
of human resources required to integrate machines, but it would also enable
flexibility and automation to advance by leaps and bounds.
Proekspert software engineers are
leveraging their history with ingelligent machines and secure interconnections
in a bold new program for factory floors. What our engineers learned for
example by developing drives to ventilate car tunnels in Monaco is now being
applied to electronics factories, eager to use the fastest and newest
technologies available in their assembly lines.
The solution is termed the MEF, Modular Electronics
Factories. It integrates data streams from machinery, software, and human
interfaces with plugins that could eventually be purchased from an open electronics
factory marketplace. It is, in essence, a new layer called the Modular Factory
Platform, which connects everything, making the installation of a new device or
application in an electronics assembly plant as easy as installing a new app on
For its pilot Proekspert engaged two
international electronics manufacturers. The pilot’s specific goal is to
achieve cost- and lead time reductions, improvements in flexibility and
scalability for assembly lines, increased security, as well as to generate data
for predictive analysis.
GE and Oracle have formed a strategic
partnership to digitally connect industrial assets. They’re forerunners in getting
machines to talk to one another, but for proof of concept testing it’s a level
playing field. For us, small- and medium-sized factories are ideal. You manage
risk carefully, connect it piece by piece. It’s important to understand we’re not
tearing anything down. We’re just letting the system talk.
We believe that if you create this kind of
communication layer, the next step can be really amazing – it is a form of
simplification which will enable great leaps forward in flexible supply chain
Although Proekspert is currently onboarding and
new pilot customers on daily basis, we would still like to bring more partners
into the pilot, particularly those in joint development, consulting, and
technology licensing. We recognize true innovation happens when people from a
variety of industries come together. Join our mission here.