PTC and Rockwell Automation announced the launch of Factory Insights as a Service, a turnkey cloud solution that facilitates industry digital transformation initiatives and delivers tangible results quickly. This new offering, unveiled at PTC's Global Partner Summit as part of LiveWorx 2020, a major event dedicated to digital transformation, marks a significant step forward in the collaboration between Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.
Factory Insights as a Service, powered by PTC technology, Rockwell Automation, and Microsoft is an out-of-the-box solution available in the cloud. It responds to the most common use cases with high added value among manufacturers who are undertaking a digital transformation:
- Real-time production performance monitoring
- Asset tracking and use
- Connected workstations
- Work instructions in digital format in augmented reality
Factory Insights as a Service incorporates many key products from Rockwell Automation's PTC offering and FactoryTalk InnovationSuite. Leading PTC on-board products include ThingWorx, Kepware and Vuforia, optimized to process OT data from Rockwell Automation automation and information solutions.
The Factory Insights as a Service solution is based on Microsoft cloud technologies, industrial IoT and Edge computing services, including Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge, allowing manufacturers to quickly connect a factory and deploy then the projects on all their sites. It facilitates the deployment of IIoT projects as part of a digital transformation process and helps reduce costs. Factory Insights as a Service offers visibility and valuable information for manufacturers wishing to improve their operational efficiency as well as the performance of their operators and to optimize the use of their assets.
“Factory Insights as a Service makes planning easier and accelerates the implementation of digital transformation for our customers, ” said Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO , PTC. This solution reduces dependence on IT and OT infrastructures. And above all, it offers an approach guided by the creation of value that allows manufacturers to focus on initiatives that generate added value for their activity. "
In today's digital environment, manufacturers are looking for solutions that address complex infrastructure issues, data accessibility challenges and resource reduction. With Factory Insights as a Service, manufacturers can reduce development time and cost by 90% and accelerate time to value by 90% for priority and high value-added use cases, which are pillars of the transformation. industrial digital.
“Simplifying and accelerating digital transformation initiatives for our customers is at the heart of the strategy of our alliances with PTC and Microsoft,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO , Rockwell Automation. Factory Insights as a Service leverages innovative modules from FactoryTalk InnovationSuite for the rapid implementation of priority use cases to improve operational performance, asset management and operator efficiency, while sustaining our clients' digital transformation approach. "
“We believe in the strength of partnerships to help manufacturers bring ever more value to their customers and explore new business opportunities. By partnering with PTC and Rockwell Automation to get the most out of IT -OT convergence, we empower organizations to rapidly deploy relevant use cases at scale to improve the performance of their assets, of their production shops, their operators and generate real profits for all of their production sites , ” said Jason Zander, Executive Vice President Microsoft Azure at Microsoft .
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