Few industries are more tightly regulated than manufacturing.
Wonderware software helps implement optimal manufacturing practices that result in operational and process improvements while also simplifying compliance.
South Africa has developed an established a diversified manufacturing base that has shown its resilience and potential to compete in the global economy. This sector contributed 15.2% to the country’s GDP in 2013 making it the third largest contributor to the nation’s economy. It is dominated by industries such as agro-processing, automotive, chemicals, information and communication technology, electronics, metals, textiles, clothing and footwear.
The automotive industry is one of South Africa’s most important sectors, with many of the major multinationals using South Africa to source components such as catalytic converters and assembled vehicles for both the local and international markets. For example, a new plant near Port Elizabeth has been commissioned by a Chinese vehicle manufacturer and is due for completion in early 2018 – all because South Africa produces high-quality products at prices competitive with other automotive manufacturing and assembly centres.
But general manufacturing covers a wide area and in this segment, we’ve included case study examples on everything from cement to cosmetics. Whatever their diversity, all these industries have one goal in common: Profitable Production.
Challenges facing the General Manufacturing and Automotive industry
Managing the value chain
Discrete component manufacturing relies on JIT manufacturing strategies for synchronised assemblies. This is especially true of the automotive industry which is a customer for many other manufacturers ranging from paint to upholstery and gearboxes to catalytic converters – value chains that require strict monitoring and control.
- Information Server
Improving plant availability and maintenance
The highly-automated automotive industry requires industrial automation and industrial IT solutions up to the task of equipment supervision on an industrial and real-time scale. While OEE is an effective detection and analysis tool, what to do to rectify anomalies isn’t always as clear-cut without access to other resources.
- MDT AutoSave
Operating on a worldwide stage where the same car or its components can be manufactured in many countries, the success or failure of the South African automotive industry relies on efficiency and cost-effective competitiveness – both of which can be achieved through the right information
- Historian Client
Sustaining quality profitably
To remain competitive on the global market, one can opt for price or quality. Today, consumers want the lowest price at the highest quality.
- QI Analyst
- MES Operations
Getting the most from expensive assets
The IIoT is making it possible to place intelligence where it’s needed most, such as in plant machinery for improved monitoring and tighter integration with DCS and SCADA systems.
- System Platform
- InTouch Access Anywhere
- InTouch Machine Edition
Reducing production costs
Manufacturing is energy-intensive and optimising the use of power without reducing production needs more than just looking at the meter. It also means being able to accurately allocate costs to shifts and even individual products.
- Corporate Energy Management
Helping Your Continuous Operation
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