Newswire | April 05, 2023
Databricks, the lakehouse company, today announced the Databricks Lakehouse for Manufacturing, the first open, enterprise-scale lakehouse platform tailored to manufacturers that unifies data and AI and delivers record-breaking performance for any analytics use case. The sheer volume of tools, systems and architectures required to run a modern manufacturing environment makes secure data sharing and collaboration a challenge at scale, with over 70 percent of data projects stalling at the proof of concept (PoC) stage. Available today, Databricks' Lakehouse for Manufacturing breaks down these silos and is uniquely designed for manufacturers to access all of their data and make decisions in real-time. Databricks' Lakehouse for Manufacturing has been adopted by industry-leading organizations like DuPont, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Tata Steel.
Databricks' newest industry-specific lakehouse goes beyond the limitations of traditional data warehouses by offering integrated AI capabilities and pre-built solutions that accelerate time to value for manufacturers and their partners. These include powerful solutions for predictive maintenance, digital twins, supply chain optimization, demand forecasting, real-time IoT analytics and more. A robust partner ecosystem and custom, partner-built Brickbuilder Solutions offer customers even greater choice in delivering real-time insights and impact across the entire value chain, and at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than complex legacy technologies
"We employed Databricks to optimize inventory planning using data and analytics, positioning parts where they need to be based on the insight we gain from our connected engines in real time and usage patterns we see in our service network," said Stuart Hughes, Chief Information and Digital Officer at Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace. "This has helped us minimize risks to engine availability, reduce lead times for spare parts and drive more efficiency in stock turns - all of this enables us to deliver TotalCare, the aviation industry's leading Power-by-the-Hour (PHB) maintenance program."
With Databricks, organizations can unlock the value of their existing investments and achieve AI at scale by unifying all of their data – regardless of type, source, frequency or workload – on a single platform. The Lakehouse for Manufacturing has robust data governance and sharing built-in, and enables organizations to deliver real-time insights for agile manufacturing and logistics, across their entire ecosystem.
Powerful industry solutions tailored for the lakehouse
The Lakehouse for Manufacturing includes access to packaged use case accelerators that are designed to jumpstart the analytics process and offer a blueprint to help organizations tackle critical, high-value industry challenges. Popular data solutions for Databricks' Lakehouse for Manufacturing customers include:
Digital Twins: Created from data derived from sensors, digital twins enable engineers to monitor and model systems in real-time. With digital twins, manufacturers can process real-world data in real-time and deliver insights to multiple downstream applications, including process optimization modeling, risk assessments, condition monitoring, and optimized design.
Predictive Maintenance: By leveraging predictive maintenance, manufacturers can ingest real-time industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data from field devices and perform complex time-series processing to maximize uptime and minimize maintenance costs.
Part-Level Forecasting: To avoid inventory stockouts, shorten lead times and maximize sales, manufacturers can perform demand forecasting at the part level rather than the aggregate level.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness: By incrementally ingesting and processing data from sensor/IoT devices in a variety of formats, organizations can provide a consistent approach to KPI reporting across a global manufacturing network.
Computer Vision: The development and implementation of computer vision applications enabled manufacturers to automate critical manufacturing processes, improving quality, reducing waste and rework costs, and optimizing flow.
"Shell has been undergoing a digital transformation as part of our ambition to deliver more and cleaner energy solutions. Databricks' Lakehouse is central to the Shell.ai Platform and the ability to execute rapid queries on massive datasets," said Dan Jeavons, VP Computational Science and Digital Innovation at Shell. "With the help of Databricks, Shell is better able to use its full historic data set to run 10,000+ inventory simulations across all its parts and facilities. Shell's inventory prediction models now run in a few hours rather than days, significantly improving stocking practices and driving significant savings annually."
Databricks Partners deliver an ecosystem of powerful, purpose-built solutions for manufacturers
Customers across the manufacturing industry also benefit from vetted data solutions from leading partners like Avanade, Celebal Technologies, DataSentics, Deloitte and Tredence, which are tailor-made to combine the power of Databricks' Lakehouse Platform with proven industry expertise. Partner Brickbuilder Solutions and popular use cases for the Lakehouse for Manufacturing include:
Avanade Intelligent Manufacturing: Avanade enables manufacturers to harness all types of data, drive interoperability and realize more value throughout the manufacturing lifecycle with a comprehensive look at connected production facilities and assets.
Celebal Technologies Migrate to Databricks: A suite of proven tools from Celebal Technologies empowers organizations to easily migrate legacy on-premises/cloud environments to the Lakehouse Platform and addresses the key scalability, performance and cost challenges of legacy systems.
DataSentics Quality Inspector: With DataSentics, manufacturers can leverage computer vision to automate quality control and easily detect defects, foreign objects and anomalies throughout the manufacturing process, from classification and detection to product segmentation and tracking.
Deloitte Smart Factory: Deloitte offers automated Monthly Management Reporting to deliver dynamic insights and enable a digital organization supported by an enterprise data lake and advanced analytics.
Tredence Predictive Supply Risk Management: Tredence unifies siloed data and drives end-to-end visibility into order flows and supplier performance with a holistic view of the entire supply chain, coupled with real-time data to assess risk factors and prescriptive, AI-powered recommendations across all supply chain functions.
"Avanade is delighted to partner with industry innovators like Databricks. As the leading Microsoft Partner for Manufacturing, we see manufacturers getting smarter about how they use digital technologies – because they have to. Times are tough and innovations today must deliver more value more quickly across more of the organization than ever before. The potential of lakehouse is truly exciting and will play a significant part in our Industry X and Smart Digital Manufacturing services," said Thomas Nall, Avanade Manufacturing Lead.
"Using the Lakehouse for Manufacturing, a business can utilize all data sources in their value chain so that the power of predictive AI and ML insights can be realized to identify inefficiencies in production processes, improve productivity, enhance quality control, and reduce supply chain costs. This data-driven manufacturing is where we see the industry going as companies seek to accelerate their Smart Factory transformations," said Anthony Abbattista, Principal and Smart Factory Analytics Offering Leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP.
"With rising costs, plateauing industrial productivity, and talent gaps, manufacturing companies are facing unprecedented operational challenges. At the same time, autonomy, connectivity and electrification are shaping an entirely new approach of software-defined products that require a transformation of the business and operating model to be competitive and innovative. In the next 5 years, the companies that outperform in this industry will be the ones that not only manage data but effectively operationalize the value from data, analytics and AI at scale," said Shiv Trisal, Global Industry Leader for Manufacturing at Databricks. "We are very excited to launch tailored accelerators that target the industry's biggest pain points, and collaborate with leading partners to introduce Lakehouse for Manufacturing, enabling data teams to boost industrial productivity, gain nth-tier supply chain visibility and deliver smarter products and services at an accelerated pace."
The introduction of the Lakehouse for Manufacturing comes on the heels of the recent release of Databricks Model Serving, for fully managed production ML and a new, native integration with VS Code.
For those attending Hannover Messe, register to join Databricks on April 18th for An Evening at the Lakehouse at Insel Beach Club and learn more about Databricks' platform and work with customers throughout the industry.
Databricks is the lakehouse company. More than 9,000 organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, and over 50% of the Fortune 500 — rely on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to unify their data, analytics and AI. Databricks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world's toughest problems.
PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN
Prnewswire | April 06, 2023
Overhaul has partnered with MCA Connect to offer a comprehensive set of integrated capabilities spanning the value chain. Overhaul provides software-based, supply-chain visibility, risk, compliance, and insurance solutions for the world's leading brands. MCA Connect is a systems integrator and business consultancy that helps manufacturers succeed by unlocking innovation with actionable business insights.
Organizations can add these robust intelligence capabilities in a matter of weeks versus months. As a result, companies can make positive, tangible progress in gaining a holistic vision over their operations.
The combined capabilities are powered by both organizations' experts in supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, and data science. Overhaul's real-time visibility and 24/7/365 risk management system gives customers a control-tower view of operations, while MCA Connect's Inspire Platform optimizes data for analytics and spurs smarter decisions.
"We don't know what the next supply chain constraint will be, but we do know our customers will need detailed, immediate analyses at every step of the process to easily move past it. Partnering with MCA Connect ensures our customers can meet the demands of today and tomorrow," said David Warrick, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Division at Overhaul. "Our combined capabilities offer actionable insights that will help organizations better mitigate risk and make more informed decisions with the most up-to-date data. This partnership supports our mission to provide the most comprehensive, intelligent, and resilient supply chain platform on the market."
Overhaul enables organizations to increase visibility so they can better manage any shipment in real-time and alleviate the impact of uncertainty. Its hybrid model has seen unprecedented success: Overhaul currently has a 96% full truckload cargo theft recovery rate and an 80% loss ratio reduction compared to insurance industry benchmarks. It is expected to track more than $1 trillion in total moving cargo in 2023.
For more than 20 years, MCA Connect's seasoned experts have helped manufacturers reduce end-to-end lead times, eliminate waste and extra inventory, and improve profitability. MCA Connect Inspire Platform consolidates that data and best optimizes it for analytics, helping customers make better and more timely decisions.
"More than ever, supply chain organizations are acutely aware that time is money. One late shipment or lost or damaged container can mean tens of millions in work-in-progress inventory and lost sales," said Doug Bulla, Senior Vice President Solution Development at MCA Connect. "Together with Overhaul, we can help our mutual customers unlock the power of real-time insights, prediction, and automation from planning to procurement, production, fulfillment, and delivery to the end customer in a matter of weeks."
Overhaul and MCA Connect share a mutual relationship with Microsoft. Both were selected as launch partners for the Supply Chain Center and Supply Chain Platform to offer more customers their forward-thinking solutions and create more agile global supply chains — a testament to the organizations' robust knowledge. Overhaul and MCA Connect will continue to keep their mutual clients on the front foot.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Overhaul is the only device-agnostic supply chain visibility and risk management software company. As the global leader in in-transit supply chain risk management, Overhaul transforms real-time visibility into risk management, compliance, and insurance solutions for its partners. Its software-based approach offers high configurability and efficient time-to-value to supply-chain organizations without heavy tech. Overhaul is a trusted provider for Fortune 100 companies moving freight globally across industries, such as pharmaceutical and healthcare, technology, logistics, and food and beverage. Customers include Microsoft, Bristol Myers Squibb and many others.
About MCA Connect
Through passion and deep industry expertise, MCA Connect helps manufacturers succeed by unlocking innovation with actionable business insights. Our strategic solutions, innovation, and industry intelligence help manufacturers solve critical issues, modernize operations, and gain a competitive edge.
Prnewswire | April 25, 2023
East West Manufacturing, LLC, an integrated design, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution services partner for original equipment manufacturers and distributors throughout North America and Europe, today announced that it has acquired Eastprint Incorporated ("Eastprint"), a printed electronics solutions provider. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition of Eastprint delivers to East West differentiated capabilities in printed electronics and human machine interface (HMI) technologies, with applications across membrane switches, printed electronics, in-mold electronics, biosensors, and wearables. In addition, East West will benefit from Eastprint's strong customer relationships in highly attractive end markets, especially medical products, and expand its footprint in Massachusetts and Mexico.
Scott Ellyson, CEO and Co-Founder of East West, said, "We are thrilled to welcome Tom Bianchi and the talented Eastprint team to East West and extend our end-to-end capabilities. As a pioneer in the printed electronics, Eastprint will enable us to enter the highly attractive screen printed electronics and human machine interface space in a meaningful way, putting us in a strong position to accelerate growth. We look forward to supporting our customers with an even broader set of capabilities, from product inception to full-scale production on a global basis."
Tom Bianchi, Vice President and Managing Partner of Eastprint, said, "By joining forces with East West, our team will be well positioned for future growth and to drive innovation. We are excited to bring a more differentiated and comprehensive set of printed electronics and HMI technologies solutions to customers around the world."
Based in North Andover, Massachusetts and founded by the Bianchi family, Eastprint has been designing and manufacturing membrane switches since 1978. Today, its capabilities extend to HMI technologies, including membrane switches, silicone rubber keypads, IML/IMD overlays, and touchscreens, as well as other printed electronics categories, such as screen printed electrodes and capacitive touch films. Eastprint also offers its customers solutions in wearable technology, such as smart clothing and e-textiles, and medical and healthcare devices.
East West provides a comprehensive and integrated set of product realization capabilities to a leading and high-growth customer base. With U.S. operations in Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Texas, and international operations in Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Vietnam, China, and India, East West uses a global design team, transparent supply chain, on-site quality control, and flexible logistics systems to provide its customers with superior products and competitive cost advantages.
East West addresses the full spectrum of needs of SMB and enterprise customers in high-growth end markets such as automation and robotics, industrial technology, fitness and medical devices, and smart devices and IoT. Its key capabilities include:
Product Design and Engineering, including initial product design, advanced product engineering, and ongoing engineering services
Manufacturing, including outsourced product and component manufacturing and assembly on behalf of OEMs
Supply Chain Management, including third-party logistics solutions, such as inventory management, reverse logistics, and order fulfillment.
About East West Manufacturing, LLC
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, East West provides a comprehensive and integrated set of product realization capabilities to a leading and high-growth customer base. With U.S. operations in Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Texas, and international operations in Canada, Costa Rica, Vietnam, China, India, and Mexico, the company utilizes a global design team, transparent supply chain, on-site quality control, and flexible logistics systems to provide its customers with superior products and competitive cost advantages. Founded in 2001, East West offers its customers a differentiated breadth of onshore, nearshore, and offshore design, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities to serve the full spectrum of customer needs ranging from new product design to full scale production and distribution.