CIMC’s Selection of ThingWorx Enables Smart Manufacturing

A press release from AREA member PTC recently announced that China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd. (CIMC), an international leading supplier of logistics and energy equipment, successfully launched its pilot project for smart manufacturing, named ‘IoT + MES’ (Internet of Things and Manufacturing Execution Systems), built on PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform.

CIMC’s focus is on innovation and promoting the development of smart manufacturing, following suit of ‘Made in China 2025’ in addition to efforts to promote integration of the Internet, artificial intelligence, big data, and the real economy. Qingdao CIMC Reefer Container Manufacture Co., Ltd (QCRC), its subsidiary, lead the piloting for the integration of IoT and MES.

As the overall platform for the pilot project, ThingWorx will connect to the company’s MES to create an integrated factory information platform and data application consumption platform in order to achieve full-course visual operations, conduct big data analysis of major technologies, and essentially aid reduction of operating costs as well as boost production efficiency. ThingWorx is the award-winning Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC consisting of tools and tech that allows users to quickly develop, deploy, and extend apps and Augmented Reality experiences. The platform includes a wide range of features, such as a variety of connectivity options, analytics, and application development tools all built around a single, real-time view of a physical object in the virtual world.

ThingWorx supports remote data collection of connected devices, manages devices / sensors, integrates with multiple enterprise-level systems, and enables independent and secure connection between devices. The analysis function and big data learning in Thing Worx also allows predictive maintenance and lowers energy consumption as well as unplanned downtime of said devices. Project leaders of QCRC will be able to understand the factory’s operations, warnings, and abnormalities in real-time as well as future production trends.

Jinjie Pan, CIO at CIMC, is quoted to have said that information tech is used in the QCRC pilot project to solve the issue in business management by providing data for management, decision-making, and operations. The aim of the project is to integrate an information-based platform and automated devices as well as explore the integration of informatisation and automation.

Jerry Liu, DVP and President of Greater China, PTC, is also quoted to have said that the company is looking forward to seeing CIMC utilise ThingWorx as part of industrial IoT for digital transformation and smart manufacturing. PTC believes that the successful launch of this project will boost CIMC’s development, aid its digital transformation, and in a wider context, help to promote smart manufacturing development in China.

PTC’s AREA member profile can be read here.

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