Atlas Composites chooses Plataine industrial IoT solution to optimize manufacturing operations
U.K.-based parts manufacturer uses material and tool tracking solution to improve quality control, reduce waste and advance labor efficiency.
Atlas Composites (Ilkeston, U.K.), a parts manufacturer supplying into the motorsports, aviation, defense and space industries, has implemented Plataine’s Material & Asset Tracking (MAT) industrial IoT solution and announced major improvements in manufacturing optimization and efficiencies. Atlas wanted to upgrade its manufacturing operations to support the company’s rapid growth. Particularly important requirements included the need to digitize operations and improve factory floor visibility while maintaining its reputation for on-time delivery. Plataine’s IoT solution enabled Atlas Composites to meet all objectives as well as improve quality control, reduce waste and advance labor efficiency.
Plataine was selected due to its track record of successful deployments in the composite parts manufacturing sector worldwide. Plataine’s technology collects factory sensor data and delivers real-time tracking and visibility of critical assets such as tools, kits, machines and time-sensitive raw materials. Monitoring and managing Atlas Composites’ 1,300 tools eliminates production delays caused by missing tools and recommends the optimal schedule for tool maintenance, based on AI and analytics of actual usage.
“Plataine’s solution is an important milestone of our Digital Transformation journey and will help us shorten manufacturing cycles and improve our operations and quality control,” says Lloyd Pearson, Atlas Composites Managing Director.
Plataine’s IIoT-based solution also reduces material waste by ensuring the optimal raw materials are always selected for the suitable job, and that time-sensitive material rolls are tracked in real-time when they move in & out of storage. AI-based digital assistants offer predictive alerts, actionable insights and real-time recommendations to staff, allowing them to further optimize their operations and deal with production challenges even before they occur. Meanwhile, all production data is stored forming a digital thread — a record of the entire production process, from raw material to end-product. Additionally, process automation reduces human error and allows more efficient use of labor by freeing up skilled workers from mundane tasks such as manual calculations and paperwork.
“The cutting-edge processes at Atlas Composites are impressive,” says Plataine CEO Avner Ben-Bassat. “It must constantly adapt new technologies to keep ahead of the competition and Plataine will work with Atlas to maintain its market leadership and growth.”
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