RUAG Australia has upgraded its manufacturing facility in Bayswater to Industry 4.0 standards to improve productivity and enhance the reliability of its manufacturing process.
The upgrade included the acquisition of next generation embedded technology and integration of a dedicated server capable of interfacing with manufacturing tools running dated software platforms as well as those featuring state-of-the-art data interfaces.
Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia, said the move to full interconnectivity at RUAG’s Hydraulic Centre of Excellence will generate significantly improved efficiencies as it creates a new human-to-machine interface, which allows real-time performance data to be immediately available at any given moment throughout the manufacturing system.
“Moving to Industry 4.0 allows us to more fully realize the potential of recent workshop upgrades and investments in manufacturing capabilities and in so doing ensure we deliver high performance for our customers,” Mr Miles said.
“Exploiting the equipment’s ability to be networked, we are able to generate a full array of visual performance indicators on demand that report on overall equipment effectiveness.
“Our process reviews are granular, where we trend uptime, identify otherwise-hidden process bottle-necks, and provide visual management controls within each work cell.