Manufacturers are facing rising customer and market demands for ever more complex and personalized products and services with the expectation that those will be produced sustainably. The constant pressure on costs, and increased volatility of demand and supply are putting unprecedented demands on manufacturing operations, requiring nothing short of reinvention. To rise to today’s challenges and remain competitive, manufacturers need to leverage the power of data and AI and pursue end-to-end autonomous operations.
Dow & Accenture imagined the future of digital manufacturing at Dow’s chemical plants, and we partnered to make it a reality.
While taking a use-case-driven approach to manufacturing digitization makes sense, it also lacks the “fundamentals” that made the success of Lean Manufacturing programs:
Set a bold ambition, e.g., zero defects
Manage the program as a cultural transformation
Provide tools to plant personnel and entrust them to innovate towards the ambition.
Manufacturing leaders need to pull the same levers in manufacturing transformations today:
Set a bold ambition – reach “closed loop” autonomous operations, with self-adapting lines
Manage the cultural transformation – from experience-based to data-based operations
Provide the right tools – a digital twin of the line/plant and state-of-the-art analytics capabilities.
Reaching autonomous operations requires an evolved operating model, but this evolution should be structured as a progression of use cases, each contributing to the overall cultural and technology transformation. Unlike traditional IT/OT technologies, digital twins are highly flexible and can be developed in support of successive use cases, leveraging the power and scalability of the cloud.
Achieving autonomous operations
We can help you design your roadmap to end-to-end autonomous—and sustainable—operations. We combine data, cloud and AI and apply transformative technologies like digital twin, AR, VR, IoT and the metaverse, to make the factory of the future a reality.
We’ll collaborate to reinvent every aspect of your operating model—from culture and governance to architecture and data—accelerating your manufacturing transformation, giving you agility and resiliency, as demand continues to grow for more complex, circular and personalized products.
Most importantly, we design and deliver programs for sustainable end-to-end performance improvements across
Costs – lower production costs, inventory savings and reduced capital intensity
Service – better customer service and higher flexibility
Sustainability – reduced waste, water usage and carbon footprint
Quality – reduced non-conformance, increased supplier quality and traceability
Safety – risk and incident reduction and increased process safety.
Digital production and operations capabilities
We apply industry-specific platforms, solutions and services that address everything from strategy and operational excellence through to digital twin. And we work with leading cloud providers to run these solutions remotely.
Manufacturing strategy & operating model
Assess performance and digital maturity. Define ambition across the operating model. Build a self-funding use-case based roadmap, with clear objectives.
Smart connected production
Design and implement twin-centric architectures using cloud and AI to extend existing Manufacturing operations management (MOM) applications in support of the evolution to autonomous operations.
Manufacturing operations systems
De-risk and shorten deployment of global Manufacturing execution systems (MES) templates across your operations in the context of a flexible MOM architecture leveraging digital twins.
Alliances & partners
We work with a global network of market leaders and innovators to give you the ability to move quickly and scale faster, with unrivalled access to top talent, technology, and expertise.