Fujitsu has used Windows tablets and Microsoft cloud services to create a new IoT, eco-management solution designed to help manufacturers improve product quality, streamline systems and enhance functionality while reducing costs.
The solution, which brings together Fujitsu’s Eco-Management Dashboard, Fujitsu devices powered by Windows 8.1 Pro, the Fujitsu IoT/M2M (machine-to-machine) platform and Microsoft cloud services, gathers scattered data into the Microsoft Azure database so that it can be evaluated through advanced analytics via a natural user interface. The Eco-Management Dashboard can then be used to manage product quality, process efficiency and equipment performance to improve operations and reduce energy costs.
The dashboard is currently being used at Fujitu’s facility in Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan, to grow lettuce that is both delicious and low in potassium so it can be consumed by dialysis patients and people with chronic kidney disease. With the dashboard, workers are able to track all of the plant information from their Windows tablets through the cloud to develop even higher quality products while boosting productivity.
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“Leveraging the Fujitsu Eco-Management Dashboard solution alongside Microsoft Azure and the Fujitsu IoT/M2M platform, we are able to deliver real-time visualisation of the engineering process for big data analytics to improve the entire production process and inform decision-making,” said Hiroyuki Sakai, corporate executive officer, executive vice president and head of global marketing at Fujitsu.
It is hoped that the solution will be replicated by other manufacturers and agriculture companies to help them manage and consume data in the right ways, increasing productivity while saving time and money.
Sanjay Ravi, managing director, Discrete Manufacturing Industry at Microsoft, added that “Fujitsu’s innovation will drive new levels of operational excellence and accelerate the pace of digital business transformation in manufacturing.”
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