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Nissan chooses Proficy for EMI solution

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NISSAN North America has chosen GE Fanuc Automation’s Proficy Plant Applications version 4.2 for an Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solution that will ultimately help Nissan reduce downtime at its Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi manufacturing plants.

"GE Fanuc has been Nissan's automation software partner for mission critical applications for more than 15 years," said CEO of GE Fanuc Automation, Jeff Garwood.

"This latest solution leverages our strategic relationship and Nissan's existing software infrastructure to improve their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)."

The Nissan solution, which includes the Downtime, Scrap and Reject Tracking and Reporting capabilities found within the Efficiency and Quality modules, resulted from a need to identify which processes were causing the most downtime and where their bottlenecks were.

The company was looking for a common solution to deploy at both its Smyrna and Canton facilities in all process areas including stamping, body, paint and assembly,

The Nissan/GE Fanuc team has conducted a pilot of this application in its Smyrna Paint Operation, which focused on downtime on the line.

The team demonstrated Plant Applications' rapid deployment capability with a three-day ‘start to live’ production system that yielded results such as: easy configurability, ability to clone configurations, variable data in the context of events, statistical analysis to determine ‘normal’ and set limits, ready-to-use web reports with drill down, the ability to leverage Excel for additional analysis and reporting and automatic detection and interpretation of downtime reasons.

Proficy Plant Applications will allow Nissan to continue to leverage its existing technology investments. It currently employs hundreds of Proficy CIMPLICITY HMI stations, which are deployed across their North American plants.

In addition, Proficy Tracker is used as the backbone for Nissan's MES-based integrated production management and control systems. The large application footprint also allows the IT staff to make use of critical downtime fault codes, triggers and logic already in place.

Proficy Plant Applications is a unique software solution that digitises the collective information being generated throughout production facilities into a ‘virtual plant’ that can be accessed where, when and how it is needed. It allows measurement and monitoring of performance across key criteria in real-time.

With a core set of scalable modules focused on the most critical aspects of production - efficiency, quality, production and batch analysis - Plant Applications allows users to leverage the specific applications needed to deliver the greatest return on investment in these areas.

With integrated web-based reports, key performance indicators (KPIs) and notification services available with all Proficy modules, it is the complete solution for making real-time decisions throughout the plant.

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