Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kepware improves automotive parts supply chain visibility for Faurecia

William Payne
April 7, 2016
 
Automotive parts supplier Faurecia has implemented Portland based Kepware Technologies IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX to improve parts traceability throughout its entire supply chain and associated manufacturing process. 

Kepware is a software development house specialising in IoT technologies that was acquired by PTC in January 2016.

Faurecia required a solution that could integrate its systems with the supply chain requirements of the automotive OEMs that it supplied. The solution needed to improve OEM traceability for the parts Faurecia was producing and to make that production data available on demand. To meet these requirements, Faurecia needed a solution that could connect the various PLCs on the factory floor to IJ Core, its proprietary parts fabrication and Manufacturing Execution System (MES). 

According to Kepware, since implementing the IoT Gateway, Faurecia is able to provide customers with the product traceability they require. Increased supply chain visibility enables the world's largest automotive OEMs to satisfy regulatory requirements and improve overall product quality for consumers.

Kepware says that internal Faurecia stakeholders are benefiting as well. Operators on the machine floor note that communications are much faster, and the Quality Assurance department has the industrial data they need in order to analyse production quality. Additionally, executives in Faurecia's boardroom can now access and leverage Operations data to boost efficiencies across the organization.

Given a successful pilot implementation in the company’s Porto Real, Brazil plant, Faurecia plans to standardize on Kepware in its North American, Asian, and European factories in 2016.

"We see huge potential with the IoT Gateway and are excited to deploy it across the 34 countries we operate in," said Rafael Unruh, Competence Center Manager, Faurecia. "We're seeing benefits from this implementation from the boardroom down to the shop floor, and only expect them to increase as more locations utilize it. We're able to be smarter and more nimble in our decision making, which leads to better products and services for our customers."