A new plant opened by Coca-Cola in Brazil is the group’s first in Latin America – and one of the first in the world – developed under the concept of so-called Industry 4.0, with extensive use of IoT, machine learning, cloud and augmented reality.

The plant, located in Rio de Janeiro, is still receiving its finishing touches and although the technology project is yet to go live, the site is already in operation, Coca-Cola Andina said in a statement.

Coca-Cola Andina is one of the three largest bottlers in Latin America and a producer and distributor of products licensed by the Coca-Cola Company in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay.

In a statement, US computer software and services company PTC, one of the firms hired for the technology project, said that Coca Cola aims to make the new plant a worldwide benchmark in innovation, sustainability and automation.

“The plant has been designed to be efficient. To do this, we use Industry 4.0 technologies to intelligently and autonomously capture, store and analyze data. Thus, we can have total control over the processes, identifying and correcting occurrences in real time,” Coca-Cola Andina’s engineering manager Fausto Junior said in the statement.

According to the engineer, with the technologies deployed Coca Cola is able to reduce machinery downtime, make better use of assets, save energy and have greater production efficiency, resulting in a decrease in the total cost of operations and a gain in productivity.

In addition to PTC, Coca-Cola Andina also hired Brazil’s PPI-Multitask, which is specialized in automation and online monitoring of factory floor data.

Under the project design, PPI-Multitask’s PC-Factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) solution will store and monitor all factory floor information, providing tracking from raw materials to finished products, supporting the identification and reduction of material losses and production.

The solution will integrate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, Warehouse Management System (WMS), control systems among others for container lines, syrups, utilities and also building systems, coordinating and recording the entire dataflow.

Meanwhile, PTC’s IoT solution ThingWorx, integrated with PC-Factory MES, will maximize real-time visibility of the plant status by adding traceability, product quality and other critical performance indicators.

The first phase of the project is scheduled for April 2018, with the integration of the systems, PTC said.

After two months, the factory should have advanced analytics up and running, providing the ability to detect anomalies automatically.

In a second phase, later this year, the machine learning and augmented reality will be implemented.

Figures on the investments made in the plant were not disclosed.

Source: BNAmericas

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