Accenture is working with Mars to transform and modernize its global manufacturing operations using artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, cutting-edge technology and digital twins.
Accenture and Mars have been experimenting with digital twins of Mars’ manufacturing processes since late 2020. Digital twins are virtual representations of machines, products, or processes. By providing them with real-time data, they can predict and improve production processes and equipment performance, from reliability to quality to energy efficiency. When applying digital twins to its plants, it will enable Mars to simulate and validate the results of product and plant modifications before allocating time and resources in the physical space.
The companies have tested the digital twin to reduce cases of overfilling packets, a common problem in the food industry. The digital twin of Mars gave an overview of the production lines at one of its plants in Illinois. Dual feed sensor data from manufacturing machinery into a predictive analytics model, This allowed plant line operators to monitor events in real time and adjust the filling process. After successful testing, Accenture and Mars delivered the solution across the United States and developed similar solutions for pet care businesses in Europe and China.
Under the new agreement, Accenture and Mars will work together to apply digital twin technology and models to the company’s manufacturing facilities globally. This will give Mars plant line operators real-time insights into current and predictive performance. Mars plans to apply it to dozens of use cases over the next three years.
Over the next two years, Accenture and Mars will create a new cloud platform for making applications, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to lay the foundation for their “factory of the future” vision. The new platform will bring next-generation robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation capabilities at the edge to make Mars’ manufacturing processes dramatically more efficient and address key sustainability goals. Such as stewardship of water, waste reduction and total greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our collaboration with Accenture, combined with our partnership with Microsoft, enables us to scale dual digital technology to reach this goal, not only significantly saving costs and sustainability, but preparing Our manufacturing processes are for the future of work.”
Larry Thomas, senior managing director at Accenture and customer account lead at Mars adds, “Our work with Mars is about using the power of data, cloud, and edge computing to modernize factories, boost business agility in response to change, and put the power in the hands of Mars Associates so they can take action. Faster informed decisions.
Accenture delivers cloud, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain capabilities to the enterprise. It is also working closely with Microsoft to leverage the Azure platform and Accenture’s proprietary edge accelerators. Earlier this year, Accenture his name was Microsoft Partner in Manufacturing and Supply Chain 2022.
“At Mars, we are constantly looking for innovative and sustainable ways to create value in the end-to-end supply chain, and digital manufacturing is a key priority,” said Tiago Vega, Senior Director of Digital Supply, R&D, and Procurement at Mars.
Simon Osborne, managing director at Accenture who is leading the dual digital business with Mars, said:The problems we solve are not new. What is new is how we use advanced technologies to deliver real-time data into the hands of operators and apply artificial intelligence to help them make decisions before problems occur. While many companies are beginning to experiment with digital twins, what sets this project apart is the speed and scaling of the technology across Mars operations globally.”
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