Fujitsu, Microsoft use IoT to transform manufacturing processes [VIDEO]

Dashboard used to manage product quality, process efficiency and equipment performance.

Fujistu uses IoT technology to grow lettuce in a unused factory space.

Fujistu uses IoT technology to grow lettuce in a unused factory space.

TOKYO — Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. are collaborating to bring innovative operational excellence to manufacturing with Fujitsu devices powered by Windows 8.1 Pro, the Internet of Things (IoT) services of FUJITSU Cloud A5 for Microsoft Azure, and the IoT/M2M (machine-to-machine) platform.

The Japanese information and communication technology company brought together its Eco-Management Dashboard, the IoT/M2M platform, Microsoft cloud services and Windows tablets to enable managers, engineers and scientists to improve product quality, streamline systems and enhance functionality while reducing costs.

The solution is based on the work Fujitsu completed at its Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan facility, where it converted semiconductor manufacturing operations into its Akisai Plant Factory, a large-scale facility that integrates cutting-edge agricultural techniques with manufacturing and information and communication technologies.

Fujitsu is using a portion of its clean room areas to produce lettuce that can be consumed by dialysis patients and people with chronic kidney disease.

As part of the process, scattered data is input into the Microsoft Azure database and evaluated through advanced analytics and natural user interfaces. The Eco-Management Dashboard is used to help simultaneously manage product quality, process efficiency and equipment performance to improve operations and reduce energy costs, which can be replicated by other manufacturers and represents a significant step forward in helping companies manage and consume data in the right ways to increase productivity and save time and money.

“The Eco-Management Dashboard solution alongside Microsoft Azure and the Fujitsu IoT/M2M platform deliver real-time visualization of the engineering process for big data analytics to improve the entire production process and inform decision-making,” said Hiroyuki Sakai, corporate executive officer, executive vice president, head of Global Marketing at Fujitsu Ltd.

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