HIROTEC eliminates factory downtime and increases productivity with HPE IoT system

HIROTEC eliminates factory downtime and increases productivity with HPE IoT system
Predictive analytics helps premier automotive manufacturer ensure continuous operations at its facilities

SINGAPORE, October 23, 2017 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that HIROTEC Corporation, one of the world’s largest private automotive parts manufacturers, has deployed an IoT solution from HPE that delivers real-time visibility into business operations to successfully eliminate process bottlenecks and the manual inspection of production systems.

The solution, which features HPE Edgeline servers, helped HIROTEC address issues that impacted its efficiency and throughput. By predicting and preventing failures in critical systems at its facilities, HIROTEC achieved a better understanding of performance at its production facilities, and was able to make improvements based on real-time data analytics at the edge. 

As a globally recognized premier automotive equipment manufacturer and parts supplier with over 85 years of mass production experience and engineering discipline, HIROTEC owns 27 facilities in nine countries around the world. The company designs and builds approximately 8 million doors and 1.8 million exhaust systems yearly, making it one of the largest private production companies in the global automotive market.

In an industry where auto manufacturers could pit suppliers against each other to keep prices low and quality high, unplanned downtime in manufacturing facilities could cost companies like HIROTEC $1.3 million an hour1, and put the company at risk of falling behind on delivery timetables.

With the objective of eliminating unplanned downtime and increasing productivity, HIROTEC understood the importance of increasing productivity with IoT solutions while gaining insights from valuable information across its facilities.

HIROTEC selected HPE Edgeline IoT systems and PTC’s ThingWorx Technology Platform to enable data collection and analysis, and provide insights into factory machinery control. The solution was optimized for factory production facilities and capable of production systems monitoring and real-time data collection and analysis on the edge. The system integration in Japan was implemented by Nippon Systemware Co., Ltd.
  
Instead of sending IoT data on the edge to the data center or cloud for processing and analysis, the solution delivered sophisticated data processing and real-time analytics on the edge, providing a remote visualization of automated exhaust system inspection lines. Data sources for this platform included inspection robots, force sensors, laser measurement devices, and cameras.

“Historically, manufacturing groups have struggled to collaborate with IT, but we understood that with the advent of Industry 4.0 manufacturing models, we needed a solution that could withstand the hard knocks of an automotive parts manufacturing facility while delivering real-time insights from our factory floor,” said Justin Hester, Senior Researcher – IoT Laboratory, HIROTEC Corporation. “When PTC told us about their demo robot taking a lot of damage after falling off a loading dock, and then saying that the HPE Edgeline server that was integrated into the robot powered right back on, it was a no-brainer. We knew that the HPE Edgeline IoT solution was a perfect match for our production facilities.”

Since the implementation of the solution, HIROTEC improved its factory monitoring processes and production efficiency. It was able to perform real-time visualization and automatic, paperless report generation for automatic robotic inspection system. It also reduced time to manually inspect production systems, enabling technicians to re-invest time in tasks that drive value to production workflows while eliminating process bottle necks. In the coming months, HIROTEC plans to build on the solution to scale to an entire door production line and to enable augmented reality applications to further advance its manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies – taking steps on its journey of transformation from a smart factory to a smart enterprise.

1 Cost of unplanned downtime for North American auto OEMs.

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About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

About HIROTEC
HIROTEC Group is a $1.6B Japanese corporation that is globally recognized as a premier automotive manufacturing equipment and parts supplier. With over 85 years of mass production experience and engineering discipline and 27 facilities in nine countries around the world, HIROTEC Group designs and builds roughly
8 million doors and 1.8 million exhaust systems a year, making it one of the largest private production companies in today’s global automotive market. Spreading out advanced technology generated in Hiroshima, Japan, HIROTEC aims at developing itself as a global engineering company.

For further information about HPE Edgeline IoT Systems please visit https://www.hpe.com/sg/en/servers/edgeline-iot-systems.html



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