Transforming Together: Brilliant Factories to Make Saudi Manufacturing Shine

Transforming Together: Brilliant Factories to Make Saudi Manufacturing Shine

May 29, 2016 at 02:05pm

The old adage “knowledge is power” is nowhere more true than inside a factory, where the more information you have about what’s happening with your machines and across your operations, the more efficient and profitable you can be. Saudi Arabia is about to take a pioneering step in capturing this knowledge and creating its first “Brilliant Factories.”

In a just announced agreement, the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) and GE will partner to digitizes 10 Saudi factories using GE’s Brilliant Manufacturing Software Suite. This process will strengthen the operational efficiency and productivity of these factories – all located in MODON industrial cities – and help them achieve significant cost savings.

Through a “digital thread” that links design, product engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and distribution, and serves one integrated and intelligent system, these MODON factories will be able to eliminate information silos, identify opportunities to improve processes, identify when equipment will need maintenance and gain better insights into how to optimally run their equipment.

This will mark the start of the digital transformation of the Kingdom’s manufacturing sector and will support a key objective of Saudi Vision 2030 to enhance productivity and competitiveness, and build the local industrial and manufacturing base. In addition to raising the competiveness of operations at the MODON factories, the agreement seeks to use the 10 plants as models of how Brilliant Factory could be implemented in manufacturing facilities across the Kingdom.

GE, which has already implemented these software solutions in many of its own factories, estimates that these systems can reduce unplanned downtime by as much as 20%, recover up to 20% of production capacity, reduce finished goods buffers by 30%, and balance material inventory against real demand and capability without over or understocking.

Built around Predix, GE’s digital operating system for the Industrial Internet, Brilliant Factory software draws data from sensors installed throughout a facility, as well as databases across the entire production value chain, to improve reliability and availability and drive operational efficiencies by making process and performance data available for analytics and generating actionable insights.

The MODON Brilliant Factory agreement is just one of several GE has just signed with leading Saudi companies in support of Saudi Vision 2030. Through these initiatives, announced during GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Immelt’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, GE is working with local Saudi partners to create more than 4,000 new and high-value jobs for Saudis, provide training to 1,000 Saudi women in industrial fields, help establish Saudi Arabia as a global manufacturing and digital industrial hub, support the introduction of new industries into the Kingdom, foster a robust SME supply chain, drive exports, and boost productivity and efficiency across the energy, aviation, healthcare and digital sectors.

GE has a long and deeply rooted history in Saudi Arabia, extending back more than 80 years. Working with government and private sector partners, GE has supported the Kingdom’s development in aviation, healthcare, oil & gas, power, transportation and water. 

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