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Manufacturing Platform Solutions by ThinkIQ

ThinkIQ transforms companies from using raw data to Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing. This Transformational Intelligence is ultimately a revolutionary shift, but it is implemented in manageable increments, offering significant benefits at each step.

Our product offering is aligned with the 5 steps required to reach Industry 4.0 Manufacturing status: Data Capture; Visualization & Integration; Insight; and Transformational Intelligence — all of which lead to fully autonomous Smart Manufacturing.

ThinkIQ Visualize®

The first step to becoming a fully automated Smart Manufacturer is to begin digitally collecting your data — from beginning to end.

ThinkIQ Insight®

The next step as you progress towards the full benefits of Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing is to use advanced AI and ML to enable a material-centric view of operations.

ThinkIQ Transform®

Once a manufacturer has a material-centric view of operations, with centralized, standardized data, they can move to the final step towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing.

ThinkIQ Enterprise®

See the ongoing benefits of Industry 4.0 manufacturing at the enterprise level.

The first step to becoming a fully automated Smart Manufacturer is to begin digitally collecting your data — from beginning to end. Before we can even begin to help you transform to a Smart Manufacturing firm, you need to have your data digitized, and be firmly Step One. Unfortunately, data at that level is usually difficult to see – and almost impossible to properly use – on multiple screens in different data silos.

ThinkIQ Visualize®, then, moves companies from the first raw data step, to being able to explore, compare, and be aware of the data — with standardized metrics and views to bring wide visibility and context to your data.

ThinkIQ Visualize® coordinates with you and your partners to take your existing data from IoT, IIoT, HMIs, PLCs, ERPs, CRM, digitized manual data, and partner data, all into one single location.

ThinkIQ Visualize® brings on-premise gateways & connectors to centralize the data and securely send this data to the cloud. You’ll be able to see a view of all your data on one screen (and at multiple locations) – a revolutionary moment for most production teams.

You generally don’t need add any new hardware or software to your existing environment.

Software includes sourcing existing data from Automation, ERP, IoT and IIot, CRM, and other digital captures, and also includes an equipment model, process layout, trending, some dashboards, and basic limits & notifications.

Services are generally deployed in approximately 6 weeks, and include creating instances, maturity models, equipment models, installing connectors, training, data quality assessment, and more.

Final Product:

Company is at Step Two on the path to Industry 4.0 Manufacturing. All of your data is standardized and available in one location. This empowers your data scientists, and provides alerts and notifications that bring problems to immediate attention.

Benefits:

Easy access to your data, new visibility, and a path towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing.

The next step as you progress towards the full benefits of Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing is to use advanced AI and ML to enable a material-centric view of operations. Deliverables of this phase include advanced visualizations, cause & effect identification, industry benchmark reporting, and cross-plant KPIs.

The ThinkIQ manufacturing platform can identify previously unseen correlations, and even root causes, from your supply chain through your internal manufacturing process.

Our proprietary software incorporates Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning with 4 unique elements that make the analysis and presentation unique:

ThinkIQ’s Next Generation Historian maintains supply chain and manufacturing data for traditional data analytics tools. It then extends the capabilities and scalability of traditional manufacturing analytics with new data types for image, video, and geo-spatial information.

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ThinkIQ’s Semantic Model is critical to modern manufacturing analytics. This model creates the required context to relate sensor data to physical plant equipment, manufacturing processes, raw materials, and finished goods.

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ThinkIQ’s query language, TIQQL, allows your manufacturing data to be queried through the lens of the Semantic Model, using our proprietary manufacturing data analytics algorithms.

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Finally, ThinkIQ’s Material Ledger is a key innovation in supply chain data analytics. This allows the tracing of materials as well as all accumulated information as they move through your supply chain and the manufacturing process.

The combination of these elements potentially leads to a revolutionary, transformative view of manufacturing data … but only if you can somehow continually to improve to the point of fully automated Smart Manufacturing.

Software includes material flow & dwell times, expressions & valuation scripts, material flow diagram (MFD), Material Process Analyzer (MPA), frequency & scatter plots and more.

ThinkIQ Insight® services include configuring your material model, building your material movement detection module, writing custom algorithms as needed, with baseline performance metrics, specialized dashboards, the start of material-centric reporting, and a plan to get to the next level.

Final Product:

A material-centric view of operations, with insights unable to be seen earlier.

Benefits:

Potentially transformative data, with alerts and notifications bring problems to immediate attention, mitigation of recall risks, and potential yield improvements.

The right data is transformational. And once a manufacturer has a material-centric view of operations, with centralized, standardized data, they can move to the final step towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing.

ThinkIQ Transform® utilizes the results of all prior steps to begin supplying transformational intelligence to manufacturing organizations.

The primary goal is to begin uncovering root causes and effects. This requires an ongoing, contextualized stream of data over time, as well as robust machine learning processing. ThinkIQ Transform® takes your ongoing data and begins to correlate causes and effects.

As the process continues, data points from suppliers through customers are processed and related to your KPIs.


With this cause & effect knowledge, ThinkIQ can help you immediately spot operational anomalies. Additionally, opportunities for improvement will often surface.

Your data — standardized and contextualized — is aggregated and correlated to your most important metrics. That data can then be processed with manufacturing-specific machine learning algorithms.

Final Product:

Robust cause & effect data analysis, linked to KPIs and industry standards.

Benefits:

Transformational Intelligence — From plant manager to CEO, you’ll have an instant, intelligent view of operations — one which stretches from the beginning of the supply chain through your manufacturing line and beyond.

With the benefits of ThinkIQ Transform® realized, it’s time to move on to the full, ongoing benefits of Industry 4.0 manufacturing, with ThinkIQ Enterprise®.

Digital Manufacturing — aka Industry 4.0 Manufacturing — has arrived, combining technology and manufacturing to create the most efficient, safest manufacturing line in history.

The cause & effect linkages are solidified, and continuous improvement procedures are implemented.

With fully autonomous Smart Manufacturing, your manufacturing process now includes traceability — from raw materials to product delivery — optimized supply chains, and fully transparent, realtime contextualized data. It can warn you of trouble, early on. It can surface numerous opportunities for improvement. It increases plant and product safety. And it can speed products to market.

All of your manufacturing data — from supply chain to customers — is available to plant managers, CFOs, COOs, and up to the CEO. This is truly transformative intelligence, and creates a Smart Manufacturing company that is more profitable, and more competitive.

ThinkIQ Enterprise® is the next generation of manufacturing. For more information, contact us.