Renault Group and Atos have launched [email protected] (Industrial Data @ Scale), a new service for industrial data collection to support manufacturing companies achieving Industry 4.0. [email protected] will allow manufacturers to collect and structure data from industrial equipment to improve operational excellence and product quality.
Developed by the car manufacturer and already in operation within its factories, [email protected] is now industrialised, modularised and commercialised by digital specialist Atos.
Throughout the production process, manufacturers generate a phenomenal amount of data. In more cases than not, data is underused, owing to its diversity and lack of standardisation as well as operator time shortages.
By deploying [email protected], manufacturers will now be able to collect data from a wide range of manufacturing facilities (diverse suppliers, generations, global location, firmware updates, etc.) in a standardised and effective way, then contextualised and made available in the cloud. As a result, the data corrects and scales up production processes and product quality with immediate effect. Easy access to standardised data via simple to use analytical tools and dashboards facilitates and accelerates the deployment of many kinds of use cases (production, maintenance, quality, and energies, etc.), including net zero benefits. Manufacturers can also target significant energy consumption benefits by monitoring and optimising energy consumed on production lines.
As part of the company’s digital transformation strategy, Renault Group’s IT, digital and engineering teams have developed this product to capture data from its manufacturing facilities. For each type of manufacturing process, data is collected and structured in a standardised way, enabling a variety of use cases across manufacturing, engineering, quality, CSR, logistics, etc. to be addressed. Today, this is deployed on a large scale across 22 plants within Renault Group. More than 7,500 pieces of equipment are connected, with standardised data models representing over 50 different manufacturing processes from screwdriving to aluminium injection, including car frame welding, machining, painting, stamping, in addition to new manufacturing processes for electric motors and batteries.
Renault Group is already saving EUR80 million per year and aims to deploy this product across the remainder of its 35 plants, connecting over 22,000 pieces of equipment, by 2023 to generate savings of EUR200 million.
Atos provides its technology portfolio, services, and consulting expertise. The service benefits from Atos’ Edge to Cloud offering, enabling real-time analysis of large volumes of complex industrial data while securing it from the Edge to Cloud platforms, as well as optimising the inference of the most complex artificial intelligence models thanks to its Bull Sequana Edge server range. The service, which will continue to evolve, is suitable for all types of environments, whatever the industry sector, and deploys the product “as a service” anywhere in the world.
The partnership is supported by the group’s consulting and services teams to market, deploy, and support the “as a service” product worldwide, enabling rapid and agile deployment of new connectivity, data models, analytics, and insights for a customer within a few weeks.
“Through our collaboration with Atos, we will go one step further in commercialising our expertise as we support manufacturing sector organisations in the scale-up of their digital transformation. This marks a new step in Renault Group’s digital transformation and innovation capacity,” said Jose-Vicente de los Mozos, EVP group industry.