Bharat Forge chooses IoT plat­form from PTC to adopt In­dus­try 4.0

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The Pune-based Bharat Forge Limited, a tech­nol­ogy driven lead­ing In­dian multi­na­tional com­pany, has se­lected the ThingWorx IoT Plat­form from PTC to mon­i­tor its fac­tory op­er­a­tions to im­prove op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and fac­tory qual­ity. Bharat Forge has pres­ence in au­to­mo­tive, power, oil and gas, con­struc­tion and min­ing, rail, ma­rine and aero­space. The world’s largest forg­ing com­pany with man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties spread across In­dia, Ger­many, Swe­den, France and North Amer­ica, Bharat Forge, man­u­fac­tures a wide range of high per­for­mance, crit­i­cal and safety com­po­nents for these sec­tors.

PTC (for­merly Para­met­ric Tech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion) is a com­puter soft­ware and ser­vices com­pany founded in 1985 and head­quar­tered out­side of Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts. It has the most ro­bust In­ter­net of Things tech­nol­ogy in the world. In 1986 PTC rev­o­lu­tion­ized dig­i­tal 3D de­sign, and in 1998 it was the first to mar­ket with In­ter­net-based PLM. Now the IoT and AR plat­form and field-proven solutions of PTC bring to­gether the phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal worlds to rein­vent the way com­pa­nies cre­ate, op­er­ate, and ser­vice prod­ucts. With PTC, global man­u­fac­tur­ers and an ecosys­tem of part­ners and de­vel­op­ers can cap­i­talise on the prom­ise of IoT and drive the fu­ture of in­no­va­tion.

Bharat Forge Limited was look­ing at im­prov­ing its op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency at its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Af­ter an ex­haus­tive due dili­gence process, dur­ing which var­i­ous soft­ware ven­dors were eval­u­ated, Bharat Forge se­lected PTC’s ThingWorx IoT Plat­form for its rapid ap­pli­ca­tion en­able­ment, con­nec­tiv­ity, ma­chine learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, aug­mented re­al­ity, and in­te­gra­tion with lead­ing de­vice cloud of­fer­ings.

On the part­ner­ship with PTC, Yo­gesh Zope, Group CIO, Bharat Forge Limited said, “In­dus­try 4.0 is crit­i­cal for In­dia’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to thrive in the next decade. For this, the need of the hour is a strong, scal­able IIoT plat­form to sup­port quick adop­tion of In­dus­try 4.0 best prac­tices. With PTC’s Thingworx plat­form we fore­see a good syn­ergy in terms of tech­nol­ogy and vi­sion for adop­tion of IIOT in In­dia. We have kick started ini­tial de­ploy­ment of Thingworx at our man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Pune. We ex­pect to drive value by cap­tur­ing real time OEE, Ma­chine Down­time, Qual­ity KPIs in the first phase fol­lowed with adop­tion of Ma­chine learn­ing and Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence for achiev­ing pre­dic­tive main­te­nance ca­pa­bil­ity in the near fu­ture.”

Kalyan Srid­har, Coun­try Man­ager, PTC In­dia said “Bharat Forge is known for con­stantly en­hanc­ing and trans­form­ing it man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties across the world with lat­est tech­nolo­gies that im­prove var­i­ous as­pects of their busi­ness. With Bharat Forge now be­ing pow­ered by PTC’s ThingWorx IoT Plat­form, we be­lieve that the com­pany will be able to uti­lize the lat­est In­dus­try 4.0 tech­nolo­gies and sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity, in­no­va­tion and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency. We look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with Bharat Forge at a strate­gic level to build the foun­da­tions for ac­cel­er­ated In­dus­try 4.0 adop­tion in In­dia through some joint pro­grams in the fu­ture.”

ThingWorx was pur­pose-built from the ground up for the In­ter­net of Things. It con­tains the most com­plete set of in­te­grated IoTspe­cific de­vel­op­ment tools and ca­pa­bil­i­ties avail­able, of­fer­ing the in­dus­try’s deep­est func­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties. ThingWorx makes it easy to de­velop and de­liver pow­er­ful En­ter­prise IoT solutions that de­liver trans­for­ma­tive busi­ness value.

ThingWorx plat­form will lever­age In­dus­try 4.0 tech­nolo­gies, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Ma­chine Learn­ing tech­nolo­gies to re­duce prod­uct fail­ures. It will re­duce down­time caused by un­planned events by send­ing break­ing news alerts of the er­rors to the proper par­ties and pre­dict the amount of time un­til a sys­tem fails. The plat­form im­proves the qual­ity of prod­ucts by pro­vid­ing a full dig­i­tal re­port­ing of prod­ucts pro­duced and re­duces de­lays in de­ci­sion-mak­ing by en­abling team mem­bers with real-time de­tailed data and cre­at­ing dy­namic vi­su­al­iza­tions of the sta­tus of pro­duc­tion sys­tems.

ThingWorx plat­form Iden­ti­fies trou­ble spots within the fa­cil­ity by ob­serv­ing real-time data on the fac­tory floor with aug­mented re­al­ity (AR), pro­vid­ing a bird’s eye view.

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