The AI Program
Marchesini Group AI Program
Marchesini previewed its AI Program to the world during its Open Factory, focusing on Industry 4.0 and the current and future developments that this complex and unpredictable revolution brings with it. There is no way of getting out of it and, despite its apparent abstractness, its impact is affecting production processes more and more.
Marchesini has came up with the Al Program to illustrate its vision of Industry 4.0. The project can be represented on 3 levels, divided into an imaginary pyramid.
- INTELLIGENT MACHINE & PRODUCTION LINE
The production line is on the first level, which from now on will be devised and created to combine industrial manufacturing competence with digitalisation techniques and Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
- SCADA SYSTEM & LINE MANAGEMENT
The mechanics, robotics and sensors utilise SCADA systems and line management technologies that can keep track of a huge amount of quality and machine operating data.
- BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE & DATA ANALYTICS
At the top of the pyramid, software and technologies are exploited to extract the data processed from the work environment, to then convert them into precious information that will be exploited for Business Intelligence strategies.
Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence tools and to the Deep Learning algorithms, all the data can be analysed to reach important objectives and better understand the processes and the production indicators (e.g. KPI and OEE). It will also improve the quality of production flow by easily pinpointing what slows down production or by highlighting potentials that have not been fully exploited.
The challenges of the future of the Industry 4.0
Contextual management of these three levels will transform the stand-alone machines and complete lines of Marchesini from semi-closed systems into totally open ecosystems that deliver internal data to the outside world (e.g. production data) and that internalise data received from the outside world (e.g. production orders). Thanks to the OPC UA protocol and to the interlinked technologies, complete communication is possible not only from within the factory - between the actual machines and the management systems, such as ERP and MES - but also between the machines and the organisms outside the company (such as those who dispatch the serialised codes to be used). This favours better connectivity, management of systems and interoperability at all levels, which are fundamental to manage industrial assets and performance. To conclude, remote assistance is another transversal aspect to be taken into account: thanks to the use of new software programs, such as those that imply the use of augmented reality visors, the customer will get even more effective and less expensive assistance, allowing the manufacturer to actually see the machine from anywhere in the world and provide targeted assistance without having to be physically on site.
The combined use of all this information and all these technologies will open an infinite world of opportunities by turning the factory into an AI Factory: a totally interlinked environment where self-learning machines, devices, people and the management systems of the factory interact to create innovative and highly efficient products, services and workplaces. To discover this world - and to manage its exciting but as yet uncertain implications - is today’s real challenge for the manufacturing industry.