Modular Electronics Factories

Interview with Terry London (Product Owner, Proekspert) at “Industry 4.0 in Practice” conference. To participate Modular Electronics Factories platform sign up proekspert.ee/mef

There are millions of software developers in the world. But the world does not require software, the world requires user-friendly functionality that both looks good and serves real business purposes. This is where Proekspert comes in.

How do you bring factories in to the Industry 4.0 era?

In our vision, tomorrow’s factories should resemble today’s mobile platforms. Five years ago we were still buying feature phones – your selection was based on features. Now you’re in charge of the building – you select a platform and the applications to go with it. The same should apply to Industrial factories. When upgrading and assembling a factory you are mostly dependent on expensive solutions from proprietary factory line providers. The majority of Estonian factories creating custom products are operating according to the high mix/low volume model. These factories thus need to change their product directions often. A single factory line can consist of tens of machines, meaning that they have at least 3 different machine providers. The machines have limited connectivity, in order to create a complicated manufacturing execution solution every single machine needs to be integrated with the IT system, one-by-one. Replacing a device means creating all those interactions again, it’s expensive and time consuming.

We on the other hand want to offer a plug-in based solution which could be shared across different factories. With this, platform factories will enter the Industry 4.0 era with a flexibility and automation in production that keeps them competitive. Continue reading “Modular Electronics Factories”