Global specialist Piramal Glass has revealed that it has bought Microsoft's Azure IoT platform on board in order to digitally enhance its manufacturing capabilities.
A global leader in glass packaging solutions across a number of indusrtries, from pharmaceutical to food and beverage, the business has expanded its operations across Europe, the US, Brazil, India, the UAE, China, and Sri Lanka, becoming the fastest growing glass company in the world
Housing 12 furnaces and 55 production lines, its manufacturing capabilities have made it a one-stop-shop for businesses. Implementing "Real-Time Manufacturing Insights" (RTMI) at 46 of its production lines across Kosamba, Jambusar, Sri Lanka and the US, the company has embedded sensors, and implemented IoT to provide essential data to gain key insights in real-time, ensuring exceptional quality at each stage of the process.
Partnering with Microsoft has seen the business gain improved production efficiency and cost reduction up to 70% as compared to a glass industry manufacturing execution system (MES), The Weekend Leader reports.
"We are happy to have collaborated with Microsoft on our journey towards digital transformation and business critical future readiness. Combining digital technologies with precision high-quality glass manufacturing has helped us fortify our accelerated growth path," said Vijay Shah, Director-Piramal Glass and Executive Director -Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
"It is significant that Microsoft technology enabled plant operations to continue as usual during the rollout of the Azure IoT solution, ensuring no disruption to the core manufacturing and deep integration with critical business processes," added Sashi Sreedharan, Managing Director, Microsoft India.
To facilitate this transformation, Precimetrix -- a Microsoft partner -- brought in its Plant Monitoring System hosted on Microsoft Azure.