Dr. Heinz Derenbach, the Executive Vice President Technical and Engineering in the Corporate Sector for Information Systems and Services of Bosch GmbH said, “In an extreme vision, this unfinished material already knows for which customer it is intended and carries with it all the information about where and when it will be processed. Once the material is in the machine, the material itself records any deviations from the standard process, determines when it’s ‘done,’ and knows how to get to its customer.”
The decentralization of computer systems is also important. Each system has to have adequate intelligence and autonomy to carry out its tasks with as little information as possible from the central systems, or the complexity of the system becomes impossible to scale. This requires new ways of designing controls and integrating devices as well as new manufacturing processes.
The benefits of distributed autonomous systems will be local manufacturing that can reduce supply chain length and increase customization by having on-demand manufacturing done closer to the customer. This will reduce the shipping costs of the final product and increase the availability of products to more markets. From an economic perspective this will create more manufacturing jobs since there will be a greater number of shops making more products.
According to Rick Moran, COO of System Insights, “To achieve a full CPS implementation, the first step is to understand our current manufacturing processes and how the machinists and operators are making parts and running the equipment. This first step is called tribal knowledge capture. We must learn from the people and the machines how to configure, setup, and adjust the processes to make every part perfect and make the processes repeatable.”
About System Insights
System Insights, (www.systeminsights.com) based in Berkeley, California, with offices in Chennai, India, is a leading global supplier of manufacturing software in both machining based, discrete and process industries. The SI flagship product - vimana - delivers predictive analytics solutions to improve clients’ efficiency, productivity, and profitability. vimana provides these data while enabling customers to realize sustainable manufacturing objectives. The vimana software platform delivers a unique combination of Cloud Computing and Big Data capabilities that sets out to revolutionize the economics of manufacturing. System Insights is a proud member of both AMT (Association for Manufacturing Technology) and NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association)